Health
Thursday, May 09, 2013
 
Prescription drug abuse on rise Noting the alarming fact that more Americans die each year from overdoses of narcotic prescription drugs than from heroin and cocaine combined, and that Delaware ranked 5th in the nation in per-capita narcotic prescription drug sales in 2010, Attorney General Beau Biden has announced new legislative proposals, to combat the explosive increase in prescription drug abuse. The legislative package, developed by Biden's office after consultations with the medical community and legislative leaders, will be introduced by Representative Rebecca Walker and Senator Bethany Hall-Long, both of whom are nurses. The first bill creates a new criminal offense of "Medication Diversion" that applies to anyone who intentionally diverts prescription narcotics from patients who are under the care of a healthcare program in medical or other 24-hour facilities such as hospitals, group homes, or nursing homes. This felony-level charge subjects offenders to potential jail time. In addition, a conviction more adequately subjects offenders to being placed on the Adult Abuse Registry and more specifically addresses criminal conduct that subjects an individual to professional licensing discipline as opposed to current law which subjects an offender to a misdemeanor-level conviction for theft. The proposed bill also requires all medical professionals who are licensed to prescribe controlled substances, as well as licensed pharmacists, to obtain three continuing education (CME) credits annually on risks associated with prescribing, administering, and diversion of controlled substances. The second bill enhances Delaware's prescription monitoring efforts to respond to the recognition that increasing numbers of addicts are turning to emergency rooms and urgent care clinics to obtain narcotics as enhanced enforcement has limited previous sources of drugs. Specifically, it:
  • Limits all medical facilities except licensed pharmacies from dispensing more than a 72-hour supply of a controlled substance to patients
  • Requires all "dispensers" to enter any prescription of a controlled substance into the PMP, just as pharmacies are currently required to do, and
  • Requires the Department of Health and Social Services to establish a uniform protocol to guide caregivers regarding the proper disposal of controlled substances upon a patient's death. Hospice care providers would also assist family members and caregivers to inventory and dispose of a patient's remaining supply of controlled substances upon that patient's death.


Briley-Wallo named director Beebe Medical Center has promoted Nurse Manager Jeannie Briley-Wallo, RN, to the position of director of patient experience. In her new role, Jeannie will design processes, educate staff, and support leadership in the management of exceptional customer service at all Beebe facilities and offices in Sussex County. Briley-Wallo has served in nursing management roles at Beebe Medical Center for the past 15 years, first as a nursing supervisor, and for the last five years as a nurse manager of staffing. Briley-Wallo is a Lewes native, and a "Beebe Baby." She graduated from Cape Henlopen High School, earned her nursing degree from Beebe School of Nursing, and is now working on completing her master of science degree in nursing from the University of Delaware.

Health Fair at La Red La Red Health Center (LRHC), will hold a free health fair on Saturday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at its Seaford facility located at 1340 Middleford Rd., Ste. 401, Seaford. As part of the Health Fair, a Health Walk aimed at raising awareness of infant mortality will begin at 10 a.m., at Soroptimist Park which is adjacent to health center. LRHC staff will provide health screenings and representatives from various health organizations will be onsite to participate in this free community health fair which is open to the entire family. Children will enjoy a variety of activities, including a moon bounce, exercise activities and face painting.

Pesticide container recycling program Agricultural growers and commercial pesticide applicators can help get empty pesticide containers out of the waste stream through a recycling program from the Delaware Department of Agriculture. Owners can drop off their clean, used pesticide containers for recycling through October at the Sussex Conservation District maintenance yard near Georgetown, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Containers dropped off are inspected for cleanliness - triple-rinsing or the equivalent - and labels and lids should be removed. The containers are baled and stored for shipment to a recycling plant where they are processed and the plastic reused for items including fenceposts, park benches, pallets and pilings. The plastic is not used in consumer packaging. Farmers or commercial pesticide applicators with large quantities of containers - more than 100 jugs - should contact the department to arrange on-site pickup. To arrange a pickup or drop-off, contact Chris Wade at 302-698-4574 or Kenda Galipo at 302-698-4571.

Program about skin cancer The Cancer Support Community will present "The Dark Side of the Sun: Skin Cancer," at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 17. Registration deadline is May 13. The summer's longer days and intense sunlight have exposed us to the sun's dangerous ultraviolet radiation. This "dark" side of the sun leads to more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer each year. Join Ellen E. Radziewicz PA-C of Rehoboth Plastic and Dermatologic Surgery, as she offers an informative, educational seminar on early skin cancer recognition. Space is limited, so call to register at 645-9150. All programs offered by the Cancer Support Community are offered to people affected by cancer and their loved ones free of charge. The Sussex facility of the Cancer Support Community Delaware is located at 18947 John J. Williams Hwy., Ste. 312, Rehoboth.

Milford Memorial hosts open house Bayhealth Milford Memorial will host an open house of Women's and Children's Services on Sunday, May 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. Located on the fourth floor of Milford Memorial Hospital, Women's and Children's Services is a Birth Inn & Beyond family center, providing an enriching birthing experience with technologically advanced services. Come for a tour of the unique facility, where Bayhealth offers the convenience of giving birth and recovering in the same private room - known as a Labor, Deliver, Recover and Post-Partum (LDRP) Suite. For more information, call 302-430-5739. Learn more about Women's and Children's Services by visiting www.bayhealth.org.

Drug Take-Back event a success Delaware residents participated in the spring 2013 Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 27, turning in more than 6,122 pounds of unwanted or expired medications, the second highest total in state history. The event gave the public the opportunity to safely and anonymously dispose of unused medications, prevent pill abuse and theft, and reduce pollution in water sources by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Prescription drugs have become a leading cause of accidental death in Delaware, and are abused more than any other drugs. For more information on PDAC or the committee recommedations, visit http://dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/pdachome.html.

Beebe appoints new CIO Beebe Medical Center announces that Michael J. Maksymow Jr. has been appointed to the position of vice president/chief information officer. In this role, Maksymow will provide vision and leadership for the continual development and implementation of Beebe Medical Center's information technology initiatives. These initiatives include the secure electronic medical record system being expanded to better serve our patients with up-to-date medical information to the physicians, nurses and other clinicians providing them care. Maksymow brings more than 15 years of experience in progressive information technologies. Of those, more than 10 years were in the healthcare environment where he led IT and telecommunications teams in providing services for administrative and clinical operations for acute care hospitals. He joins Beebe from Continuum Health Alliance LLC in Marlton, New Jersey, where he served as director of IT Operations. Previously, he served as the director of Information Services & Telecommunications for Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton, New Jersey. Maksymow has a bachelor of science degree in finance from Rider University and an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix. He is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information & Management Systems and is a Fellow Member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Workshop Lofland Park Center at Genesis in Seaford will host an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Workshop on Wednesday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The free workshop will include: "The Basics" presented by Dr. Lawrence Kemp, "Legal and Financial Issues" presented by Michele Procino-Wells, Esq., "Behaviors and Communication" presented by Ruth Pryor, geriatric social worker, and Hospice Information presented by Cindy Drew, nurse practitioner for Compassionate Care Hospice. Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is required by May 16. For more information or to register, call Jamie Magee, Sussex County program coordinator, at 854-9788.

CPR classes offered Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will offer community CPR classes to anyone interested in learning CPR at the Nanticoke Training Center on Water Street in Seaford. Participants will learn how to perform the basic skills of CPR on adults, children, and infants and how to help an adult, child, or infant who is choking and use of the AED. This classroom-based, video, and instructor-led CPR course offers families, friends, and community members the opportunity to learn CPR and need a course completion card. Classes are open to participants ages 12 and up. This program is specifically designed for those who prefer to learn in a group environment with feedback from an instructor. The target audience is those who have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. Cost is $45. Payment and registration is required by no later than five business days prior to the class. Late registrations may be accepted if seating is available. To register and to obtain a listing of class dates/times, contact the Nanticoke Memorial Hospital's Training Center office at 629-6611, ext. 8919. Pre-registration is required.

Asthma Awareness Day is May 11 The American Lung Association in Delaware, Bayhealth Medical Center, and Nemours Health and Prevention Services will host a carnival-themed asthma awareness day, "Asthma Under the Big Top," on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Pavilions I & II at Bayhealth Kent General Hospital in Dover. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Families, children and caregivers are encouraged to attend this free event. To register or for more information, contact Nicole Goldsboro at 302-737-6414, ext. 16 or ngoldsboro@lunginfo.org.

Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Group Cadia Rehab Renaissance near Millsboro is hosting and facilitating an Alzheimer's Association Caregiver Support Group that meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. All meetings are open to the public and interested parties are invited to attend. Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. One person out of eight who reaches the age of 65 will develop Alzheimer's, as will one person out of every two who reaches the age of 85.

2013 Walk MS dates The Delaware Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has announced the 2013 Walk MS dates and is inviting all Delawareans to join the movement. Each year thousands of loved ones, friends, and neighbors throughout Delaware – from Wilmington's Riverfront to Sussex County's Baywood Greens – lace up and step out in solidarity, with hopes of creating a world free of MS. Last year, over a quarter million dollars was raised to help out the 1,550 Delawareans living with multiple sclerosis. The Twilight at Heritage Shores walk in Bridgeville will be held on May 31 and the walk at Baywood Greens will be held on June 7. To register, visit www.delawarewalk.org or call 302-655-5610.

ALS Walk at Laurel Middle The Laurel Middle School Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society is hosting its 5th Annual ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease Walk on Saturday, May 18. This is a one hour walk that can be done any time between 9 and 11 a.m. The walk will be held in front of Laurel Middle School. There is a $25 registration fee and walkers are encouraged to form teams. The goal is for each team to raise at least $50. The top three teams raising the most money will receive awards. Come walk in honor or memory of someone affected by ALS. All proceeds go to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the ALS Association. For more information and to register your team, contact Amy Handy or Kim Ralph at Laurel Middle School, 875-6110.