Friday Fix: August 25, 2017

Haircuts and Heart Health, State Grant Bolsters Mental Health Services in St. Lawrence County, and New Patient Safety Equipment at Lewis County General Hospital

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We get it – keeping up with daily news is hard.

That’s why every other week, North Country Vitals picks three pieces of important healthcare news and compiles them into the Friday FixSome are local and others affect our state, country, or world. We even do our best to break down complicated subjects and offer commentary to help you understand how the news affects your daily life.

So, what has been making headlines in healthcare recently? Here’s what we found:

1. “Haircuts & heart health — Niagara Falls barber shops checking blood pressure”

This radio broadcast from WBFO-88.7 in Buffalo, NY, transports listeners to a small barber shop in Niagara Falls that has begun offering local men more than the standard shave and haircut. The shop, Howard’s Hair Salon for Men, gives its patrons the opportunity to check their blood pressure and fill out a card to take home and track their results. As Master Barber Howard Ivey tells WBFO:

“They could take their own blood pressure there or I could take it for them while they’re in the chair. Right now most of the younger people are kind of curious, because they don’t know what their blood pressure is.”

According to WBFO, there are 6 barber and beauty shops in Niagara Falls taking part in this heart-healthy initiative, which have become known as “B & B Health Stops.”  Read or listen to the full story here.

Our ‘Vital’ Opinion: Because of their role as social hubs, barber shops have a unique opportunity to influence the health and wellness of individuals who may not see a doctor on a regular basis. The North Country should explore adopting the “B & B Health Stop” model shown in Niagara Falls, and consider how other locations in the community could be used to promote health and wellness.

2. “St. Lawrence County receives $200,000 state grant to add mental health staff”

According to this article in the Watertown Daily Times, St. Lawrence County recently received a $200,000 grant from the state’s Office of Mental Health “to create a Children and Family Support Team that will provide, coordinate and hold stakeholder meetings in each school district to identify how the county’s mental health clinic can better serve the community.”

This Support Team will consist of one mental health counselor and one case manager, who will provide weekend on-call and after-hour support to children and families in the county’s 17 public school districts.

To read the article in full, click here.

3. “New Equipment Designed To Improve Patient Care”

This edition of WWNY-TV7/FOX 28’s “Your Health” segment highlights some new safe patient handling equipment at Lewis County General Hospital. As the hospital’s rehabilitation director, Randy Lehman, tells 7 News:

“[Patients are] safer in it. They’re going to be less likely to fall or get injured. We can mobilize them sooner. So it’s really going to open up our ability to most appropriately treat our patients.”

Click here to watch the full broadcast and get a glimpse of the safe patient handling equipment in action.

See you on September 8 for the next Friday Fix!


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