Safety

October 23, 2020

5 Benefits of Doctor Visit Curbside Check-in

By Robert A. Poarch Masks. Social distancing. Elbow bumps. Hand sanitizer. This is our new normal. So, when it comes to seeing your doctor, you should know that there are precautions in place to make sure you’re coming into a safe environment for your care and our staff. And, that starts even before you enter […]

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September 28, 2020

Happy Anniversary MAMA!: Looking Back and Looking Forward

By Erin Young and Robert A. Poarch This September 29 marks another year closer to three decades for Mission Health’s helicopter emergency transportation program we affectionately refer to as MAMA. This July, the Mountain Area Medical Airlift team transported their 25,000th patient. And, the team is looking forward to the arrival of a new, modern […]

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September 19, 2020

Mission Hospital McDowell Prioritizes Patient Safety at All Times, Lowers Risk with Proactive, Facility-Wide Approach

By Carol Wolfenbarger, MSN, RN, FACHE Patient safety is at the core of everything we do at Mission Hospital McDowell (MHM). In recognition of World Patient Safety Day (September 17), this month we’re highlighting the many layers of safety-oriented protocol and systems in place that exist here at MHM to create a safety and solution-focused […]

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July 16, 2020

Avoiding Injury While Recreating Outdoors—But Safe Care Is Available if You Need It

By Carolyn Comeau North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper put a stay-at-home order into effect in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. It was lifted on May 22, to many outdoor enthusiasts’ and athletes’ reliefs. This meant that citizens could again enjoy the outdoors with more frequency, while observing social distancing etiquette. Even though […]

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July 2, 2020

Waterfall Safety—7 Things You Should Know

By Cherry Odom, BSN, RN-BC Each summer, as more people visit the beautiful waterfalls of western North Carolina, there is an increase in related injuries treated in the emergency department. Waterfall Safety Tips “Perhaps people will heed warnings and follow safety guidelines, which may result in their enjoying the outdoors without suffering injuries,” said Dr. […]

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June 29, 2020

Fireworks Safety Tips

Little ones look adorable holding those sparklers. Unfortunately, fireworks can lead to accidents for children, including burns and other injuries. This Fourth of July, take a little extra precaution to have a safe and happy event: Find a substitute for sparklers. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 […]

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June 24, 2020

Don’t Leave Your Kids in Hot Cars

By Tracey Gates, RN June is National Car Safety Month, which is a good time to remind parents about the dangers of leaving children in cars when it’s hot outside. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2019 there were 52 hot car deaths and in 2018 a record 53 deaths. The first […]

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June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Screener Talks about Being on the Front Lines

By Byron Hudson Testing for COVID-19 is going to play a major role in saving lives during this pandemic. On the front lines as a screener, Sharon Rohrer, a Respiratory Therapist and a Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist and Certified Asthma Educator with Mission Health, answers questions about the process and why it’s so important to […]

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May 13, 2020

Keeping Our Patients, Visitors and Team Members Safe Is Our Top Priority

At Mission Health, we remain diligent in our fight against COVID-19 (coronavirus), and we want to provide you with an update about the thoughtful and deliberate steps we’re taking to reopen our hospitals and return to standard operations during this ever-evolving pandemic. Over the last few months we have become aware that many in our […]

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May 8, 2020

Mission Hospital Respiratory Therapist Featured in HCA Today

The following story appeared in HCA Today on April 28, 2020. Kevin Haney, Mission Hospital (Asheville, NC) While this is an unprecedented moment for today’s healthcare workers, Kevin is confident in his team and their planning at Mission Hospital, where he has worked for nearly 15 years. “We have a good crew and team,” Kevin says. […]

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