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Inclement Weather Closing

Due to inclement weather, the Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System (Little Axe & Shawnee Clinics) will be closed Friday, January 2, 2015.

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Extended holiday

The Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System will be closed beginning at noon on Tuesday, December 23rd, reopening regular hours Monday, December 29th. We will also be closed all day January 1st. We would like to thank the AST Executive Committee for their generosity this holiday season and wish all of you a safe and happy holiday.

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Clinics Closed

Both clinics will be closed Monday, November 17th due to inclement weather.

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Patient Information regarding Ebola virus disease

Please read and review the below information regarding the Ebola Virus. The basic message for now from state and federal authorities is to be “aware, be informed, be calm, and be clean.”

1. Best defense for any viral infection, up to and including Ebola, is “hand washing.” 2. Ebola is at a very low risk in Oklahoma. 3. Concern is highest for Individuals that report that they are unwell and have visited an affected area in the past 21 days AND report a fever of >38°C (101.5°F) or fever within the past 24 hours; they will be advised not to come to the clinic based upon these responses. 4. If this occurs, we will transfer the phone call to the registered nurse for triage instructions. The primary care clinician is responsible for ensuring they are referred appropriately to the closest Emergency Department prepared to handle possible Ebola patients. 5. Procedures are in place to address the potential concern of a patient who presents to primary care at either of our clinics in person that will provide the maximum protection possible to the clinic, staff, and our patients.

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Fraud Alert for People with Diabetes

Criminals who plot to defraud the Government and steal money from the American people have a new target: people with diabetes.

Although the precise method may vary, the scheme generally involves someone pretending to be from the Government, a diabetes association, or even Medicare, calling you. The caller offers "free" diabetic supplies, such as glucose meters, diabetic test strips, or lancets. The caller may also offer other supplies such as heating pads, lift seats, foot orthotics, or joint braces, in exchange for the beneficiaries' Medicare or financial information, or confirmation of this type of personal information. Additionally, you may receive items in the mail that you did not order.

The call is a scam.

If you receive such a call, OIG recommends the following actions:
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Medications: The Leading Cause of Accidental Poisoning Deaths in Children

New Research Reveals Medications Are the Leading Cause of Accidental Poisoning Deaths Among Children Today 
“Safe Storage, Safe Dosing” Campaign to Focus on Medication Safety 

Washington, DC – Today Safe Kids Worldwide released a new research report that found while the death rate among children from poisoning has been cut in half since the late 1970s, the percentage of all child poisoning deaths due to medications has nearly doubled, from 36 percent to 64 percent.

Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids:  A Report to the Nation on Safe Medication examines trends in morbidity and mortality of medication poisoning among children ages 14 and under. The report underscores the challenge of medication-related poisoning among children and offers solutions that will reverse the trends. Safe Kids also proposes specific roles that parents and other caregivers, industry, governments, and the medical community can play in improving medication safety through safe storage and safe dosing.

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