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Six Hospital staff are now certified manual handling trainers (Load Management Theory and Client Handling Techniques)

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#TurksandCaicos, February 25, 2022 – The Training and Development Department of the Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital has facilitated a week-long train the trainer manual handling program in conjunction with Jan Crawford, Manual Handling Practitioner of Centaur, the United Kingdom, to develop an awareness of the risks associated with manual handling as well as provide insight on how to reduce the likelihood of injuries.

The programme covered theory and practical elements, including best-practice guidance on hoisting techniques, sit-to-stand technique, bed techniques, object handling, and instances when a detailed risk assessment is required. The departments represented included facilities management, information technology, human resources, physiotherapy, nursing, and physicians.

Commenting on the train the trainer certification, General Practitioner Dr Royelle Robinson said, “Prevention is always better than cure! Unfortunately, we tend to take for granted the support that our back provides and the immense weight that it carries as we move throughout our day. Becoming a manual handling trainer has placed me in a position to help my colleagues and patients prevent unnecessary injuries and provide appropriate care with patients/clients and objects. I’m happy to be a member of the team”.

Vielka Fulford of the Facilities Management said she is excited to use her newly learnt skills both in the workplace and at home, “As a relatively new member of the team, I was honoured to participate. The course was very challenging, informative and thorough. For me, it outlined the vital link between our knowledge, our actions in the workplace to ensure safety for all, and our ability to safeguard ourselves from short- and long-term injury by following best practices”.

Meanwhile, Physiotherapist Tarah Silvera explained that the course exceeded her expectations, “It was well structured, engaging and interactive that offered an environment to hone our skills to better train our staff compliment. Jan is an expert in her field and addressed our concerns no matter how small. With our small dynamic group, we were also able to work on our team approach skills to provide the best care for our patients. Overall great experience”.

Training and Development Manager Vernessa Forbes, while congratulating the team and acknowledging their hard work, said she is excited about the knowledge sharing to come, “The TCI Hospital cultivates a learning environment, and training and development remain a strategic priority. In addition, our innovative talent management programs continue to strengthen our teams, ensuring high performance at all levels confidently delivering service excellence and people-centred care”.

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Monkeypox NOT a Public Health Emergency, but watch out, its changing says WHO

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By Dana Malcolm

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June 27, 2022 – The World Health Organization says while Monkeypox is not a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (the highest alert the body can give) they are concerned about the rapid spread and data gaps in the current outbreak.

“I am deeply concerned by the spread of Monkeypox, which has now been identified in more than 50 countries, across five WHO regions, with 3,000 cases since the early May,” said Director General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

There had been fears that the WHO would declare the outbreak an emergency of international concern going into a June 23 meeting. He maintained that the world had neglected Monkeypox research despite the fact that it had been circulating in Africa for many years. He stressed that this approach to neglected diseases must change as the world is an interconnected population. This inter connectivity could prove disastrous for vulnerable people.

“What makes the current outbreak especially concerning is the rapid, continuing spread into new countries and regions and the risk of further, sustained transmission into vulnerable populations including people that are immunocompromised, pregnant women and children,” he said.

In order to combat this he called for the communication and collaboration between member states and a collective response.

So far the disease has been exhibiting different symptoms than usual including rashes localized to the genitals instead of the entire body like usual. This prompted the US Centers for Disease Control to change the requirements advising doctors to test anyone who appeared with a rash seeming like Monkeypox.

Ghebreyesus revealed Monkeypox was an evolving health threat that the WHO was following extremely closely and maintained that countries should use surveillance, contact tracing, isolation, and ensuring health tools were available to at risk populations as ways to control the spread.

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Moderna & Pfizer approved for toddlers in US

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By Dana Malcolm

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#USA, June 25, 2022 – Toddlers can now be vaccinated with either Moderna or Pfizer in the United States following the US Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory Committee vote to authorize the jabs for the youngest humans.

Some 2.5 million vaccines were ordered for these youngsters from Pfizer and 1.3 million are on order from Moderna.

The authorization committee voted unanimously on both vaccines and it comes as a relief to millions of parents who opted to keep their children away from family gatherings, even school

The lowest age a US resident can now get vaccinated is 6 months, Pfizer says their shot is ready for children six months to four years old and Moderna goes one year higher at 6 months to 5 years.  Both Pfizer and Moderna say the toddlers will need boosters in the future.

As of June 2, there have been 442 children between the ages of 0-4 years old who have died as a result of Covid-19 in the United States.

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Listeria kills three in UK

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By Dana Malcolm

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#UnitedKingdom, June 25, 2022 – At least 3 people have died in an ongoing listeria outbreak in the United Kingdom linked to smoked fish.  The Food Standards Agency in the UK says,  “Listeria is widespread in the environment and can contaminate a range of food at low or standard refrigeration temperatures.  It can be destroyed by thorough cooking.  It is of most concern in chilled, ready-to-eat foods that do not require further cooking, such as smoked fish.”

At least 12 cases, six of them since January, are linked to the fish.  Vulnerable individuals were especially affected by the outbreak including a pregnant woman and several elderly persons.  The three victims who died were all over 65 years old.

The agency said there was no need to avoid smoked fish but to cook it thoroughly.  Contaminated food may not look or smell spoiled but it can cause severe illness in pregnant women, cancer patients, children, and the elderly.

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