Staff were able to participate in NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program) in the wellness centre on April 15th. This course teaches staff concepts and hands-on skills required in caring for newborns that need resuscitation. A theory component and exam are done before the hands-on portion and testing, as seen in the photos. Having this onsite allows us to work with our site-specific equipment to familiarize ourselves and keep the experience true to our practice. We practice setting up the baby warmer, airway management, chest compressions, and medication delivery.

In conjunction with NRP, staff can also participate in Maternity Update, where we review imminent deliveries and complications.

Although Vulcan does not provide maternity services anymore, the staff still maintain their skills and knowledge through these courses. We provide this care in emergency cases such as imminent deliveries and when caring for patients being transferred for further care.

NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Program)

The Staff at the Vulcan Community Health Centre is using the Wellness Space for ongoing training. And would like the community to know how thankful they are. 

ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) took place in the wellness centre on Tuesday January 26, 2021. The staff was covering IOs at this station (intraosseous – drilling into the bone when no IV access).  We do this often in cardiac compromised patients and trauma patients. Staff are able to spread out during class content and then can come together for skills station. 

The Staff, Vulcan Community Health Centre

I am home again!  Words cannot express my gratitude! It has been a challenging 8 months of not being in clinical space.  

I have been given permission to use Room 1317 for office space, and Exam Room 1335 to see patients.  The two sites I work out of are, Vulcan and Okotoks. The majority of my referrals are from the Vulcan Medical Clinic.

I have been out in the community here since 2007.  I work with the most amazing Colleagues and I am excited to get back to seeing my patients in person! The office and exam rooms are lovely and I am most appreciative. If you could please share this message with anyone who was involved with creating these spaces.

Regards,
Carrie

Carrie Libbrecht, Respiratory Therapist II , COPD & Asthma Educator Community Rural South, AHLP

Connect Care is the bridge between information, healthcare teams, patients and the future. The foundation of Connect Care is a common clinical information system, that will allow healthcare providers a central access point to patient information, common clinical standards and healthcare practices. 

Currently, the Wellness Space is being utilized for onsite training for our local healthcare team. Having space to provide this training, and remain socially distanced and safe. 

We are able to do this training in this place, because of your donations. 

Thank you!

Connect Care

On Wednesday, Feb. 17 we had Patrice Jull from 3M** come and provide education on Negative Pressure Wound Therapy using V.A.C. Therapy (vacuum-assisted closure). We set it up as a Zoom session for other staff to attend as well.

This type of therapy delivers negative pressure (from a vacuum) to a specialized foam dressing attached to the wound. This helps promote wound healing for difficult to heal wounds. The presentation covered how to prepare the wound bed, dress it and use the V.A.C. unit and accessories. Staff then participated in hands-on learning practicing with the equipment and simulated wound beds provided by Patrice. We finished off the session by setting up and completing wound care on our actual patient requiring this kind of therapy.

We don’t often receive patients with wound vacuum dressings so having the opportunity to bring in some “just in time training” helps staff provide current and competent safe care. This type of therapy is being used more and we will likely see more patients with it. Being able to provide this to our patients helps bring them back to their community sooner, spending less time in the urban hospitals.

Wound Therapy

We were so grateful to have the opportunity to use the new Multipurpose Room at the Vulcan Community Health Centre for the Covid-19 Vaccine Program. Our focus on the first few clinics is on the ages of 75 and up. For a lot of the seniors, it was their first visit since the new build, and they expressed how fortunate they were to be able to receive the Vaccine here in Vulcan. Having this large space available really simplified the planning of the Vaccination Program. 

It is a beautiful, functional space!

Vulcan Public Health

Heart and Stroke Basic Life Support class is a yearly mandated course by AHS. It covers cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for adults,  children and infants. Staff get the opportunity to practice their chest compressions and rescue breaths and use defibrillation (electric shock to the heart) for a patient in cardiac arrest ( heart stops beating). In the pictures, it was a mix of RNS LPNS HCAS. We are assessing the breathing and pulse of the patient in the group picture. I am demonstrating proper technique for chest compressions in the other picture

Leah Haller