Minnesota health department releases annual adverse health events report

The number of reportable adverse events in Minnesota hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and community behavioral health hospitals has been slowly increasing for the last four years, reaching 341 between October 2016 and October 2017. Minnesota’s Adverse Health Events reporting system tracks 29 serious events, such as wrong-site surgeries, severe pressure ulcers, falls, or serious medication errors, which should rarely or […]

Memorial Blood Centers celebrates 70 years of saving lives

M emorial Blood Centers celebrates 70 years of saving lives in our community. Founded in 1948 to honor those who gave their lives during World War II, Memorial Blood Centers, then known as the War Memorial Blood Bank, ensured a safe and stable supply of blood for patients in area hospitals. In the last 70 years our community has grown, […]

Why shoveling snow doesn’t need to be a literal pain in the back

In winter, shoveling out from a snowstorm isn’t the exception, it’s the rule. While many grab shovels after a snowfall, too many grab their backs in pain after that activity. “Shoveling can potentially lead to a back injury if you don’t use proper body mechanics,” says Essentia Health physical therapist Brett Morlock, who sees patients at the South University Avenue […]

Physician and nurse practitioner welcomed at Essentia Health, Virginia

VIRGINIA – Dr. Tom Witt, a family medicine physician, has joined the Essentia Health-Virginia Clinic. In addition to caring for patients, Dr. Witt will also serve in an administrative leadership role overseeing Essentia Health’s regional clinic strategy and development. Dr. Witt brings more than 30 years of clinical and leadership experience to Essentia Health, most recently at Mayo Clinic Health […]

Essentia Health offers tips to soften, moisturize dry, winter skin

Dry skin and lips, cracked cuticles, hair that’s full of static. Welcome to winter’s beauty woes. But some simple tips from Essentia Health’s skin care experts can help you feel and look better during these cold months. “Dry skin is very common this time of year, because the mere act of turning on the heat will take moisture out of […]

Youth e-cigarette use up 50 percent since 2014 New survey shows Minnesota youth tobacco use rising for the first time in 17 years

A new survey shows that for the first time since 2000, overall youth tobacco use has increased in Minnesota with 26.4 percent of high school students using some form of tobacco or nicotine, up from 24.6 percent in 2014. The rapid uptake of e-cigarettes and other vaping devices has quickly reversed a longterm trend of declining teen tobacco use in […]

A diet for stroke survivors; ocean pollution and your health

Q: My dad had a stroke last year that affected his left side. He’s doing pretty well at physical therapy, but he can’t cook for himself right now, so I’m helping out. Is there anything specific I should know about what his diet should be? — Shannon L., Brooklyn, New York A: Your timing is excellent. A new study presented […]

Coach Tom’s Corner: Don’t be SAD

Cabin fever or seasonal affective disorder?

A sIgoaboutmydailyshenanigans here in the latter part of February, I’m running into a lot of cranky people – and these are folks I know to be usually upbeat, cordial individuals. It has been a fairly challenging winter temperature-wise so my armchair, nonprofessional diagnosis as to the cause of this widespread irritability is “cabin fever.” While cabin fever is not an […]

Minnesota’s uninsured rate jumps in despite strong economy

Last year Minnesota saw one of its largest, one-time increases in the rate of people without health insurance since 2001. The uninsured rate rose from 4.3 percent in 2015 to 6.3 percent, leaving approximately 349,000 Minnesotans without coverage, according to a Minnesota Department of Health and University of Minnesota survey. The surge in the uninsured rate meant that in 2017 […]

Essentia Health is offering free hand-washing posters; order now

Washing your hands frequently and effectively is one of the best ways to stop the spread of germs and protect you and your loved ones. Unfortunately, many of us have become complacent when it comes to sudsing up with a quick turn of the soap and splash of the water. Essentia Health has placed “How to wash” posters in its […]

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