Thursday, August 2nd, 2001
NMH earns accreditation by the AABB Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, Seaford, has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) . Accreditation follows an intensive on-site inspection by specially trained representatives of the Association and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital joins more than 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB accreditation. According to Brenda Lewis, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital Laboratory Clinical Leader: "The AABB's inspection and accreditation procedures are voluntary. For over 30 years, Nanticoke has achieved this accreditation by meeting strict requirements on a daily basis and completing numerous assessments when units of blood are handled. "Nanticoke Memorial Hospital has sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance." Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the facility meet established requirements. Established in 1947, the AABB is the professional society for approximately 2,200 community, regional, and Red Cross blood centers; hospital-based blood banks and transfusion services; and over 8,800 individuals engaged in blood bank and transfusion medicine. Its member facilities are responsible for collecting virtually all of the nation's blood supply and for transfusing more than 80 percent of the blood used for patient care in the United States. The AABB sets standards, assesses and accredits blood collection and transfusion facilities, and provides continuing education and information.

Auxiliary to celebrate 50th anniversary
Sept. 12 will be a most special day for the Auxiliary of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, now known as Nanticoke Health Services. On that day the Auxiliary will celebrate 50 years of service to the hospital and communities the Seaford-based hospital serves. More than 300 women gathered at the Seaford Fire Hall on that September day 50 years ago to form an auxiliary for the new hospital which was under construction. Earlier that year, some of the women began gathering in individual homes to make baby bibs, belly bands, gowns and receiving blankets. The women organized and elected Mrs. Howard Callaway as the first president. The main purpose of the original group of women has continued and 50 years later the auxiliary, which now includes several males, still gives thousands of volunteer hours to special need areas within Nanticoke Hospital. A special celebration will be held at the Seaford Golf and Country Club beginning at 11 a.m. Invitations will be mailed to all members and calling committee persons will make individual contacts for reservations. Suzanne Smith, current president, and Virginia "Mike" Barton, anniversary celebration committee chairperson, encourage all members to attend.

Fluid replacement essential in summer
by Bill Messick
Drinking adequate fluids is essential for top athletic performance and daily work habits. Body fluids have important jobs:
Fluids in blood transport glucose (source of energy) to working muscles and carries away metabolic products.
Fluids in urine remove metabolic waste products.
Fluids in sweat dissipate heat through the skin.
If you drink too little fluid, or lose too much through profuse sweating, you inhibit your body's ability to accomplish these tasks. This prevents you from exercising at your maximum potential.
Here is some bad news for people who do not like to sweat. Sweating is actually good for you. It is the body's way of dissipating heat and maintaining a constant internal temperature of 98.6 degrees.
During hard exercise, you may generate 20 times more heat than when you are at rest. You dissipate this heat by sweating. As the sweat evaporates, it cools the skin; this in turn cools the blood, and that cools the inner body. If you did not sweat, you could conceivably "cook" yourself. A body temperature higher than 106 degrees damages the cells. At 107.6 degrees cell protein coagulates (as do egg whites when they cook) and the cell dies. This is one reason not to push yourself beyond your limits in hot weather. The simplest way to tell if you are adequately replacing sweat loses is to check the color and quantity of your urine. If your urine is very dark and scanty, it is concentrated with metabolic wastes and you need to drink more fluids. When your urine is a clear color, your body has returned to its normal water balance. Your urine may be dark if you are taking vitamin supplements, in which case volume will be a better indicator than color. It is best to re-hydrate or replace fluids with cool to cold water. Cold water will not shock the body or cause stomach cramps. The cold fluid will cool you off faster than a warmer fluid. Soft drinks are a common fluid replacement but offer zero nutritional value except 150 calories of refined sugar. This refuels the muscles, but natural sugars in juices will do the same trick while adding potassium lost in sweat and vitamin c, a nutrient that promotes healing.
Bill Messick is Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at CHEER Community Center in Georgetown.

Support Group to meet
The Sussex Fibromyalgia Support Group has announced a meeting on their summer schedule. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at the Methodist Manor House, Wesley Wellness Center, Inservice Room, 1001 Middleford Road, Seaford, at 7 p.m. The subject of the meeting is the second part of a video series entitled, "Pioneer in Fibromyalgia Syndrome Research." This meeting is sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation and is free and open to the public. For further information call Jonathan Souder at 629-4593; or to be added to the mailing list call 1-800-292-9599.