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April Awareness


Donors save Lives

By becoming an organ donor, one person can save the lives of up to eight people and improve the lives of dozens — mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, brothers and sisters — who are desperately in need of a transplant. During National Donate Life Month, we lift up the thousands of selfless individuals across America who are living or registered organ donors. And as we honor those who have saved lives in the past by donating organs, we recommit to supporting the researchers, innovators, advocates, and medical professionals working to reduce the number of people awaiting vital organ transplants.

A rising demand for organs exists without enough organs to meet it, making the urgency for those willing and able to donate even more critical and the need for innovation and support even more imperative. My Administration has striven to support donors and recipients and to expand the availability of organs for transplant. In 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), building on efforts within the transplant community, launched a nationwide kidney exchange program to bring together pairs of kidney donors and recipients in an effort to increase the quality and quantity of kidney transplants. HHS has also made more financial support available to low-income living donors to help cover expenses like travel and lodging costs that are often incurred throughout the donation process. The Affordable Care Act offers greater security to living donors by prohibiting insurers from denying health coverage to someone with a preexisting condition –-donating an organ may have previously been considered a preexisting condition and prevented individuals from obtaining the care they deserved after selflessly giving an organ to someone in need. And in 2013, I signed the bipartisan HOPE Act, paving the way for the first transplants in the United States between HIV-positive donors and recipients — and the first of these life-saving transplants took place earlier this year.

Anyone can indicate their desire to be a donor, regardless of age or medical history, and I encourage all Americans to consult their family members and communicate their choice. More information on donation and opportunities to register can be found by visiting

Through Medicare, the Federal Government spends nearly $35 billion each year to care for the more than half a million patients with end-stage kidney failure in the United States. Increasing accessibility to organs can save lives while helping to defray overall healthcare costs. As we work to get more people off of the waiting list and into the operating room for a transplant, we are continuing to invest in researching new and innovative ways to address this critical issue. Over the span of three recent years, we invested nearly $3 billion into regenerative medicine research, and we are making great strides in advancing treatment and improving technological capabilities. Additionally, we have opened new doors of collaboration with businesses, universities, and foundations to progress our prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases. Our Nation has taken bold steps in recent years, and we will continue working to reduce the organ waiting list by building on our efforts to utilize regeneration and other methods for ensuring a balance between the supply and demand of vital organs.

Last year, the United States exceeded 30,000 annual organ transplants for the first time. Progress has been made and great promise exists, but much work remains to help the more than 120,000 Americans on the organ waiting list. This month, let us remember those we have lost and provide support to all who continue to wait and hope. Across government, industry, academia, private organizations, and the medical and philanthropic communities, we must all do our part to lift up donors, donor families, and patients by supporting efforts to shorten the organ waiting list. Together, we can improve and save lives by celebrating those who give of themselves — whether as living donors or as registered donors — to provide the greatest gift there is to offer.

The month of April has been designated Donate Life Awareness Month.  To learn more or to register as an organ donor visit


Donate Blood

Facts about blood needs

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.
  • Nearly 7,000 units of platelets and 10,000 units of plasma are needed daily in the U.S.
  • Nearly 21 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • It is estimated that sickle cell disease affects 90,000 to 100,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1.69 million people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in 2017. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

For more information about national blood collection and utilization trends, visit the AABB website. AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies.

Please call 1-800-RED CROSS

Donation Type

Donation Frequency*

Blood (whole blood)

Every 56 days


Every 7 days, up to 24 times / year


Every 28 days, up to 13 times / year

Power Red

Every 112 days, up to 3 times / year

*If more than one donation type is donated, this will affect the number of allowable donations per year due to red cell and plasma loss limit guidelines.  Final eligibility will be determined by the American Red Cross at the time of donation.

The Hurley Strong Women Program has added two weeks to the winter schedule due to earlier classes needing to be cancelled. The classes will now go until April 18, 2019.

Measles | Cases and Outbreaks | CDC

Measles outbreak study finds infection prevention response beneficial

Just over a month into 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified 79 measles cases in the U.S. That total is more than 20% of the 372 cases identified during all of 2018.

The CDC has reported that four of the locations – Washington State, Texas, New York State and New York City – are defined as a measles outbreak, which is three or more cases in a single place.

The Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology said recent outbreaks of measles and mumps in the U.S. call for the importance of integrated infection prevention response.

Minnesota measles outbreak research

In research released last summer at APIC’s 45th annual conference in Minneapolis, the association studied the response to a 2017 measles outbreak in Minnesota, which involved 75 confirmed cases.

HealthPartners, which includes Methodist Hospital and Park Nicollet Health Services’ 20-plus clinics, cared for 24 of the cases in Minnesota. During the outbreak, APIC noted that HealthPartners activated a system-wide command center that allowed infection preventionists to collaborate as an integrated system.

Interventions facilitated through the command center included creating standard patient and visitor messaging in multiple languages and leveraging the integrated electronic health record to support active measles surveillance, symptom-based patient triage and timely precaution initiations.

“Every time you have an event like this, there’s an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned as a system to other situations,” Amy Priddy, DNP, RN, CIC, lead study author and the infection prevention senior manager at Park Nicollet Health Services, said in the APIC news release. “Our integrated response allowed us to share information in real time and adjust prevention strategies in a timely way.”

Vaccinations, according to researchers, played an important role in stemming the outbreak.

Park Nicollet reported no cases of healthcare-associated measles transmission. A total of 9,731 patients and healthcare staff received the measles vaccine. That total was a 118% increase over the same time period a year earlier.

Texas measles outbreak outcomes

In 2017, Texas experienced the largest mumps outbreak in 20 years.

Infection preventionists noted that long-term care facilities lacked the recommended vaccinations for healthcare workers that are common at acute care facilities. A study of the Texas outbreak revealed that 67% of long-term care facilities lacked a designated infection preventionist, and many of those facilities were not familiar with mumps testing recommendations.

  • Public health officials issued health advisories in Texas that shared general mumps information, along with testing guidelines.
  • They also advised unvaccinated healthcare workers at facilities with mumps cases present to stay home from work.
  • In addition, public health workers called facilities with diagnosed mumps cases to share proper application of infection control guidelines and standards.

“Many of the providers were unfamiliar with mumps because they’ve never seen it before,” said Thi Dang, MPH, CHES, CIC, lead author of the study. “This gap, and others we identified, provides valuable information for any outbreaks that we might be faced with in the future.”

Both studies, according to APIC 2018 President Janet Haas, PhD, RN, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC, highlighted the need for infection prevention and control preparedness during outbreaks in the community. Key components identified to successfully eradicate measles and mumps outbreaks included encouraging vaccinations and education around symptoms.

“Infection preventionists play a critical role in the public health response to outbreak situations by communicating and implementing control measures,” Haas said in the release. “These case studies show clearly that comprehensive strategies in the face of outbreak situations go a long way toward preventing further spread of infection and disease.”

Take these courses to learn about measles outbreaks and vaccination:

Measles: How to Approach Parents About Vaccination
(1 contact hr)
Measles is primarily a disease of childhood, but it can also occur in adolescents and adults. It is one of the most highly infectious human pathogens known. With exposure, up to 90% of susceptible individuals develop the disease. Measles is transmitted directly person-to-person via contact with respiratory droplets. Airborne transmission via aerosolized droplet nuclei has also been documented in closed areas (e.g., examination rooms), where the virus can remain suspended in the air for several hours. This module provides information for RNs, APNs, and physicians about measles and parental concerns regarding the safety of the MMR vaccine for their children.

Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Update
(1 contact hr)
The 2014 measles outbreak in the U.S. brought home the challenges healthcare providers face in meeting Healthy People 2020 goals for prevention of infectious diseases related to living in a mobile society where diseases do not stop at geographical borders. Regular updates are made to the U.S. immunization schedule with an ongoing need for educating parents and the public. This updated CE module provides the background information needed to increase understanding about current recommendations and vaccination information needed to immunize children and adolescents appropriately.

Adult Immunizations: Growing Needs, Growing Numbers
(1 contact hr)
Vaccine-preventable diseases strike millions of adults annually. Not long ago, what nurses needed to know about immunizations was simple: Infants and young children received most of the vaccines, and adult immunizations could be counted on one hand, with a few fingers left over. However, recently the number of recommended immunizations for people of all ages has increased to a level not seen before, and the number of vaccines keeps rising. This module addresses various vaccine formulations and indications and provides resources for healthcare professionals to stay up to date on vaccine recommendations






The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has upgraded our website to better serve Wisconsin citizens. Our agency meets many different needs-but as a whole we are here to protect and promote the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin. A modern, well‐designed, and more responsive website will help us to achieve that.

We are using a web development tool called Drupal that has been adopted widely across both business and government. Drupal is an open source web content management system with an active development community. In other words, it is a free tool for building websites that has caught on as a practical and innovative solution worldwide.

The user experience is extremely important to us, and this upgrade has allowed us to greatly improve it.

**We studied how people navigate and why they come to   the website-and applied what we learned. Overall, visitors to our website should find it less complicated to browse, search, and find what they want.

**We are also using best practices for design. The new look is uncluttered and easier on the user's eyes.

**Our website is now optimized for mobile, which means you can view our site on any device with ease.

**We continue our ongoing agency commitment to accessibility and compliance with federal regulation, sec


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The Iron County Wisconsin Health Department is here to serve the residents of Iron County Wisconsin by promoting health, protecting the enviroment, and preventing disease and injury.





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Department Head: Katie Hampston, BSN, RN
502 Copper Street
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Hurley, WI 54534
Phone: 715-561-2191
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