The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) 47th Annual Conference is upon us! It’s hard to believe a year has gone by already. This year’s conference is in none other than the City of Brotherly Love – Philadelphia.
The NASN annual conference gives school nurses a chance to come together, share stories, challenges, and accomplishments. On top of that, the top notch educational sessions offered provide not only great takeaways, but validation of personal contributions.
The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System is helping keep classrooms and public buildings safe in the event of an active shooter situation. The Barracuda™ is a security device that can be installed in a matter of seconds in emergency situations to protect occupants against building intruders.
The Barracuda™ Intruder Defense System was invented by Troy Lowe, a decorated military, who is currently a firefighter and SWAT team member in Ohio. As a SWAT team medic, he works to prevent these tragedies in his community through shooter response training programs.
To learn more about this security device please take a moment to watch a short demonstration video as well as a newscast on how Southwest Licking Schools have put the device to the Barracuda™ to use.
Washing your hands is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Did you know that many diseases and conditions are spread by not washing hands with soap and clean, running water? If soap and water are not available you can always use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol to clean your hands.
So, when exactly should you wash your hands? Here are some prime examples:
Before, during, and after preparing food
Before eating food
Before and after caring for someone who is sick
Before and after treating a cut or wound
After using the toilet
After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
After handling pet food or pet treats
After touching garbage
How should you wash your hands?
Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) is one of more than 100 non-polio enteroviruses. This virus was first identified in California in 1962. Every year millions of children in the United States catch enteroviruses, usually during summer and fall, however this year hospitals have been seeing more children with severe respiratory illness caused by EV-D68 since mid-August.
Infants, children, and teenagers are at higher risk than adults for getting infected and sick with enteroviruses like EV-D68. Due to their age they have not been exposed to these types of viruses before, and they do not yet have immunity built up to fight the disease. Children with asthma may be at a greater risk for severe respiratory illness from EV-D68.
Mild symptoms of EV-D68 may include fever, runny nose, sneezing, cough, and body and muscle aches. Severe symptoms may include wheezing and difficulty breathing. There is no specific treatment for EV-D68. You can protect your family in avoiding catching and spreading EV-D68 by following some basic steps to stay healthy.