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Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

News from the Wyoming Department of Health

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Contact: Kim Deti, Wyoming Department of Health

Phone: 307-777-6001

Contact: Wyoming Poison Center

Phone: 303-520-9591 or email denverhealthmedia@dhha.org

 

Wyoming Department of Health: Keep Poison Help Number Handy

 

Keeping the Wyoming Poison Center number handy can help families stay safe and prevent poison-related tragedies, according to a Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) representative.

 

Wyoming Poison Center help can be reached by calling 1-800-222-1222. “We want people to keep this number visible in their homes and workplaces and to also consider programming it into their phones,” said Andy Gienapp, WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services manager.

 

Shireen Banerji, Wyoming Poison Center clinical manager, said “Poisonings can happen anywhere, anytime to anyone. We assume most poisonings happen to children who accidentally swallow something, and, yes, there are plenty of those situations. But adults can be poisoned at home or work by chemicals, pesticides, cleaners, bites and stings, medications and food.”

 

“Poison prevention requires vigilance from all members in the household and extended family, including babysitters, nannies and teachers,” Banerji said.

 

The Wyoming Poison Center handled more than 5,000 cases in 2016.

 

The WDH Office of Emergency Medical Services supports funding for Wyoming Poison Center services.  The center is part of the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center (RMPDC), located in Denver.

 

Gienapp noted poisonings are the leading cause of death by injury. Related facts include:

  • Most poisoning deaths are due to misuse and abuse of licit and illicit drugs.
  • In 2015, about 57 percent of all exposure cases involved pharmaceuticals. Other exposures were to household products, plants, mushrooms, pesticides, animal bites and stings, carbon monoxide and many other types of non- pharmaceutical substances.
  • Ingestion was the exposure route in almost 84 percent of 2015 cases. People were also exposed through the lungs, skin, eyes and other routes.

 

For additional poisoning prevention tips and resources, visit the Rocky Mountain Poison & Drug Center website at www.rmpdc.org.

 

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January is National Radon Month

You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.

Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.

Visit the Wyoming Department of Health’s radon information website to learn about radon, health risks associated with radon, and how to obtain a radon testing kit.

Job Opening!

Public Health is looking for an experienced Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator for Lincoln County

Take advantage of a work environment with independence and a supportive team focused on making a difference to the health and well-being of families in the community.

The Public Health Emergency Response Coordinator works to prevent, respond to, and rapidly recover from public health threats.   This position works closely with the Wyoming Department of Health – Public Health Emergency Preparedness Unit and Lincoln County Public Health.

Preference will be given to applicant with work experience in public health, public administration, emergency preparedness, Incident Command System, health education, health administration, biology, epidemiology, microbiology, or closely related field.

Applications may be accessed online at lcwy.org.  Submit resumes to Lincoln County Public Health Office in Afton or Kemmerer, Wyoming: 421 Jefferson, Suite #401 Afton, WY. 83110 or Kemmerer- office at 925 Sage Ave., Suite #106 Kemmerer, WY. 83101. Position will be open until filled.

 

Crisis Text Line Available in Wyoming – News from the Wyoming Department of Health

A newly available statewide Crisis Text Line will provide anonymous, continuous crisis support to Wyoming residents who may be in crisis and at risk of suicide.

Promoted by the Wyoming Department of Health, Grace For 2 Brothers Foun­dation, and the Prevention Management Organization, Crisis Text Line ena­bles anyone with a mobile phone with SMS capability to access free support by texting WYO to 741-741.

“Many of our Wyoming neighbors who struggle sometimes with depression, bullying, substance abuse, relationship problems and suicidal thoughts feel they have no one to turn to,” said Rhianna Brand, director of operations for Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation, a Cheyenne-based nonprofit focused on sui­cide prevention.

Brand noted that text messages offer a discreet, familiar and accessible form of communication available to most people.

Mikki Munson, community prevention specialist with the Prevention Manage­ment Organization, said the text line’s trained specialists with extensive train­ing in crisis intervention provide emotional support to anyone in crisis, as well as safety planning and referrals.

“This partnership with the Crisis Text Line will connect someone in crisis to a counselor in their most critical time of need,” Munson said.  Munson also not­ed the anonymous data collected by the Crisis Text Line will help Wyoming work to improve prevention efforts and mental health resources.

By: Kim Deti

School Readiness!

Do you have a kiddo heading into school? The staff of Wyoming Kids First have put together a Star Valley School Readiness Resource Handbook for you. In it, you will find:

  1. what to look for children entering kindergarten to do
  2. what adults can do to help children be successful
  3. information on community resources

If you’re interested, please download a PDF copy of the guide here: School Readiness Companion Guide (1)

Another thing to keep in mind before registering your little ones for school is to make sure they are up to date on their immunizations. Public Health can help with that. If you would like to bring your records in for us to make you an official school required immunization record, if your kiddos need another set of shots to be ready for entering kindergarten, or if you aren’t sure if they need more shots and would like to bring us your records to help determine what they may or may not need, please give our offices a call: 885-9598 (Afton) or 877-3780 (Kemmerer). Let us help safeguard your kids from vaccine preventable diseases and prepare them for a healthy, happy time in school.

Just a Reminder…

If you are pregnant and need assistance in obtaining medical services, our Public Health nurses have the ability to assist you in signing up for the Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women program. This is a Medicaid option designed to improve pregnant women’s access to outpatient services while their eligibility to Medicaid is determined. We can also assist you in the application process for Medicaid. We have paper applications to Medicaid in our offices if you don’t want to use the website to apply. If you need help with Medicaid, give us a call in either our Afton or Kemmerer offices.

New Flu Clinic Date

Due to the last minute weather related change in venue and the lack of turn out for our October 2nd flu shot clinic, we have added another clinic date in the Thayne area. On Friday, October 30th, we will return to the Thayne Community Center to give flu shots from 1:00 p.m. until 6 p.m. We hope to see you there!