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Archives for January 2018

Informative Flu Video

Great information from Mayo on when to seek medical attention when experiencing the flu.

National CRNA Week

This group is responsible for putting you to sleep…only during procedures and surgeries. Celebrating National CRNA Week at Hutchinson Health. What is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists? They are registered nurse anesthetists that safely provide anesthetics to our patients undergoing surgery, procedures, or births. The staff pictured, minus Marty and Bill, plus a student, represent the CRNA’s at Hutchinson Health. Shout out to them during this week as we recognize their impact on our patient safety!#crnaweek

Cake with names of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists







Group of Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists

Hutchinson Health Employee SKOL Chant

Hutchinson Health’s Holiday party at the Crow River Winery last night was entertaining.

Fabulous food, funny comedian , and mystery cash prizes.

Capped the evening off with the SKOL chant.

Dr. Steve Mulder led the chant very enthusiastically, the bucket and stick will not be able to be used again.

Barcoding Now Implemented at Hutchinson Health

Hutchinson Health now implementing Barcoding.
This is a collaboration between our nursing staff and lab to enhance patient safety. By scanning the wrist bands of our inpatients and oncology patients, we make sure to positively identify the right patient, at the right time, for the right test. These safeguards enhance the continuity of care.

Doctor scanning the barcode on a patient's wrist band

Enhancing patient safety

Wellness Wisdom for the New Year

Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician Peg Christenson
I’m Peg Christenson, Registered Nutrition and Dietetic Technician, at Hutchinson Health with Wellness Wisdom.

Are you ready to make small healthy changes to your lifestyle? The idea is to change one small thing each month and then keep that accomplishment and add on to it the next month. For example, start with one thing you want to change in January; let’s say it’s getting more fiber in your diet. Then in February add another goal but still keep up what you started in January.

Set realistic and specific goals and start small. Incorporate SMART changes: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Lined. It’s not enough to say “I want to eat healthier”, it needs to be something such as “I will eat a serving of high fiber cereal, three days a week, starting January 8th.” After about three weeks to a month this new goal becomes a habit and you can layer another goal at that point. For more ideas see the Resolution Calendar at the link below.

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Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

Personalized fitness

Hutchinson has a wide variety of opportunities for physical activity. 

Cold vs. Flu

How to Determine a Cold versus the Flu

Cold symptoms typically develop over a few days. Some of the symptoms someone with a cold may experience include sneezing, sore throat, minor aches and pains, mild tired feeling, coughing with mucus, clogged nose, and mild chest discomfort.

Flu symptoms usually develop very quickly. Some of the flu symptoms include headaches, fever, chills, severe aches and pains, a cough with little mucus, severe chest discomfort and tired feeling.

How to determine a cold versus the flu