Health
Thursday, May 26, 2016
 
BBD needs O- blood When tragedy strikes and victims need blood transfusions, the first item that medical personnel reach for is O- blood. It is the Universal Blood Type and can be transfused to anyone in an emergency. But, although everyone can receive O-, only one in 15 people actually have O- blood. "It's critically important for us to continuously recruit O- donors since their type of blood is always in demand," said Michael Waite, Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) director of marketing and community relations. Several factors are responsible for the shortage of this critical product. There has been a regular occurrence of traumas recently that always challenge the O- blood inventory. There is currently a nation-wide shortage of O- units because of natural disasters in the south, hindering BBD's ability to borrow from other blood centers. Finally, the percentage of the public that has the ability to donate is simply not responding. Blood Bank of Delmarva has five fixed donor locations – Newark, Dover, Wilmington, Chadds Ford, Pa. and Salisbury, Md. – as well as more than 30 regularly scheduled mobile locations. Appointments are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome during this time. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.

Breastfeeding Support Group On Wednesday, June 1 at 10 a.m., Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold The Mom's Circle, a free breastfeeding support group, in the Nursing Conference Room. The Mom's Circle is a safe place for moms to come for support, advice and friendship from both experienced nursing moms and new moms. This group meets the first Wednesday of each month. Registration is not required. For more information, contact Jacalyn Bradley, Nanticoke lactation consultant, at 629-6611, ext. 2234.

CHF Support Group Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will hold a Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) support group on Thursday, June 9, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Medical Staff Conference Room. The support group is designed for individuals who have congestive heart failure as well as their families and caregivers. Meet others with this disease and share stories, tips and tricks at this free event. June's meeting will feature a presentation, "Savor the Flavor," by guest speaker Wendy Polk, RD, LDN, director of Nutrition Services at Nanticoke. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss concerns, provide support, and network with others.

Additionally, attendees can receive free pharmacy consultation for all medications that they bring in for review. Refreshments will be provided. For more information or to RSVP, call Melissa Williamson at 629-6611, ext. 2508.

Alzheimer's education programs Cadia Rehabilitation Renaissance, 26002 John J. Williams Hwy., near Millsboro, is partnering with the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter to offer education programs to the community. The following programs will be offered at 2 p.m. on the dates below: Wednesday, June 8 - AD 101; A discussion of Alzheimer's and Dementia Wednesday, June 15 - Know the Ten Warning Signs; Early Detection Matters Wednesday, June 22 - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's; The Basics Wednesday, June 29 - Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors Wednesday, July 6 - Effective Communication Strategies Programs are free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested by contacting Jamie Magee at 854-9788 or 800-272-3900 or emailing jmagee@alz.org.

Nanticoke offers childbirth classes Nanticoke Memorial Hospital offers childbirth classes on Thursdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ground Floor Conference Room. The class will meet each Thursday for a total of five weeks - four weeks related to childbirth education and the fifth week will be a breastfeeding class. The next session will be held on May 26, June 2, 9, 16. The maternity education classes are designed to offer information, counseling, support, and hands-on experience to help prepare for a new family member. They will cover pregnancy in general, information to prepare the expectant mother for labor and delivery, and will include a tour of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Mother Baby Care Unit. A refresher course is also available for those who have previously taken childbirth classes. The refresher class covers breathing techniques, signs, symptoms, and stages of labor, birthing options, and a tour of Nanticoke's Mother Baby Care Unit. The cost of the childbirth course is $50, and the cost for the refresher course is $25. Mothers are encouraged to bring their partner or support person for all courses. Registration in advance is required for either class. To register, or for more information, call 629-6611, ext. 2540.