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Arthur Home Welcomes New Assistant Director of Nursing

By Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

The Arthur Home would like to introduce our newest addition to the family: Jessica Alumbaugh.

Jessica has taken the Assistant Director of Nursing position. She started last month and I believe she will make a great asset to our team of outstanding employees. Please help me make her feel welcome and glad that she is with us.

A little bio from Jessica:

“I am super excited to be working here and am looking forward to getting to know everyone! Just a little about me… I have been married to my amazing husband, Michael, for 12 years this September! We have two very energetic boys who keep us pretty busy with their sports! Kade is my quiet 10 year old who is playing football this fall. Tyce is my very talkative 8 year old who is playing soccer. We also have three dogs at home. I graduated from Millikin University in 2011 with my BSN and have been working in the cardiac intensive care unit at Decatur Memorial Hospital ever since. I am currently in the process of going to school for my Master’s Degree, as well. When I have free time, I enjoy photography and just spending time with my family.”

Thank you for all the hard work and extra hours our nurse/CNA staff has put in for the past couple of months. You guys always rise to the occasion and get the job done!

-Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

Heat Exhaustion / Stroke Awareness

HEAT EXHAUSTION/STROKE

extreme-heatWith the rise in temperature outside it is a blessing to have a job where I can work with wonderful people in the air condition. Not everyone is so lucky. From landscapers, factory workers, farmers and even some without mode of transport especially with A/C you need to be on alert for signs of heat exhaustion.

With the heat index of 105 these recently, it does not take very long to succumb to heat exhaustion. Heat Exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, but it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death. The most at-risk population are young children and the elderly, as well as any others with medical conditions at any age such as heart disease, lung disease, cancer, etc.

Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion

  • Confusion
  • Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration) Dizziness
  • Fainting Fatigue Headache
  • Muscle or abdominal cramps Nausea,vomiting,or diarrhea Pale skin
  • Profuse sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat

Treatment for Heat Exhaustion

  • Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeine and alcohol). Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower,bath,or sponge bath.
  • Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.

Keep hydrated and stay cool!!!!

Crystal Stiner, RN, BSN, DON

Crystal Stiner RN BSN DON