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Acute Rehab unit celebrating 5 years
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 October 2009 09:15

Mercy St. Charles Hospital Acute Rehab Unit is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The 20-bed unit specializes in treating patients who are disabled by such conditions as stroke; fractured hips and femurs; amputation; poly- and rheumatoid arthritis; major multiple trauma; neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, polyneuropathy, multiple sclerosis; spinal cord injuries; brain injuries or burns. 

Acute Rehab employs a full assortment of therapeutic services. Each patient’s treatment team may include rehab nurses; physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists; a social worker; nutritionist; a psychologist, vocational counselor, or audiologist. 

“This unit is CARF – Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities – accredited and is the only such unit in the Mercy System for Northwest Ohio,” said Cathy Duncan, clinical manager of the Acute Rehab Unit. “What sets it apart from other rehab units is the range of services offered in the same place. We are staffed and equipped to provide interdisciplinary, inpatient rehabilitation services to patients requiring multiple therapies.”

For more information about the Acute Rehabilitation Unit at St. Charles, call 419-696-5660.

 

 
Treats with no tricks – make this Halloween fun & safe
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 October 2009 09:14

Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids, and to help ensure they have a safe holiday, here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

All dressed up
• Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame.
• Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
• Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes.
• When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
• If a sword, cane or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.

 
Five signs your child may have a foot problem
Written by Press Staff Writer   
Thursday, 10 September 2009 15:33

Foot and ankle problems in children often go unnoticed. Signs and symptoms can

be subtle, and sometimes children can’t explain what’s wrong. But it’s important to protect growing feet and have problems checked out early. The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons offers five warning signs parents should watch for.

• Your kids can’t keep up with their peers. If children lag behind in sports or backyard play, it may be because their feet or legs are tired. Fatigue is common when children have flat feet. The muscles in the feet and legs tire easily because the feet are not functioning as well as they should.

• Children voluntarily withdraw from activities they usually enjoy. If they are reluctant to participate, it may be due to heel pain – a problem often seen in children between the ages of 8 and 14. Repetitive stress from sports may cause muscle strain and inflammation of the growth plate, a weak area at the back of a child’s heel.

 
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