Health Briefs

Bootlegger’s society has successful blood drive

The Durango Bootlegger’s Society, the local consortium of Durango’s four craft breweries, hosted a record “Pint-for-a-Pint” blood drive Oct. 26, adding 101 pints of blood to the United Blood Services reserve.

This is thought to be the most blood ever collected in the Durango area during a one-day blood drive. Pint-for-a-Pint encourages fans of Durango’s craft beers to donate a pint of blood and receive a voucher for a pint of beer at their favorite local brewery. The breweries – Carver Brewing, Durango Brewing, Ska Brewing, and Steamworks Brewing companies – engage in a friendly competition for the benefit of United Blood Services.

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Mercy receives recognition for care

Mercy Regional Medical Center has been recognized for quality care by two national organizations.

HealthGrades gave Mercy the Patient Safety Excellence Award 2012, which places Mercy among the top 5 percent of the nation’s hospitals for overall patient safety records. The award measures how well a hospital prevents infections, medical errors and other complications based on 13 standard patient safety indicators.

HealthGrades also recognized Mercy with the Outstanding Patient Experience Award 2012, which ranks Mercy in the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for outstanding patient experience. The award recognizes hospitals for patient satisfaction based on 27 questions related to doctor and nurse communication, hospital cleanliness and noise levels, and medication and post-discharge care instructions. Mercy has received this distinction for the last four years.

Mercy also recently was rated third among 38 Colorado hospitals for patient safety. The rating in Consumer Reports, a publication by an independent and nonprofit consumer-protection organization, was based on quality data in six categories: infections, readmissions, communication, CT scanning, complications and mortality.

Free acupuncture available to veterans

The Durango Acupuncture Alliance will offer a donation-based veterans clinic from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Durango Veterans of Foreign Wars, 1550 Main Ave.

This clinic will be open to veterans, active duty military and their families.

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Health department continues flu clinics

The San Juan Basin Health Department’s Wednesday flu clinics will continue through Nov. 14.

Individuals and families can visit Wednesdays from 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. for flu shots or flu mist. Children’s flu shots or flu mist are $14.70. Adult flu shots are $25. The department also offers Tdap (whooping cough/tetanus) booster vaccinations for $14.70 to people older than 11 who have not received it.

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Free health screenings available to seniors

The San Juan Basin Health Department’s Senior Nurse Navigator program will offer free health screenings to seniors from 11 a.m. to noon at these locations:

The first Wednesday of each month at the Pine River Senior Center, 111 West South St. in Bayfield.

The second Wednesday of each month at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center, 2424 Main Ave.

The last Thursday of each month at the Ignacio Senior Center, 15378 Colorado Highway 172 in Ignacio.

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CPR, first-aid class to be offered Saturday

An American Red Cross CPR and first-aid class will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the American Red Cross facility, 1911 Main Ave.

For more information, call Robin Duffy-Wirth at 946-5580.

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