BBGH: Spring Storm Preparations

BBGH: Spring Storm Preparations

The following information from Box Butte General Hospital (BBGH) concerns operation changes due to the potential impact of the blizzard forecast for Wed., April 10, into Thursday, April 11.

Please note: All essential services at Box Butte General Hospital will remain open.

The GNMSS clinic in Alliance will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

Changes to our services for Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday, April 11 will include:

·         The Hemingford Clinic will be closed until Monday, April 15.

·         The Hyannis clinic will be closed on Wednesday.

·         The Rehab and Wellness Center will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday.

·         Dialysis will be closed Thursday.

·         Wellness Center Fitness classes are cancelled for Wednesday including; 11:30am and 12pm Express Fit.

·         Wellness Center Fitness classes are cancelled for Thursday including; 5:30am Total Body Tone, 8:30am Senior Fit, 5:30pm Yoga, and 6:15pm Suspension Revolution.

·         Diabetes Prevention Program scheduled for noon on Thursday has been canceled.

·         Wound Care will be closed Wednesday and Thursday.

·         Dr. Bomberg’s office will not be seeing patients on Wednesday and Thursday.

·         The Michael F. Essay, Sr. Specialty Clinic will be closed Thursday.

·         No Meals on Wheels will be delivered on Wednesday.  Thursday is dependent on the Alliance Public School decision.

·         The Gift Box will be closed on Wednesday after 11am until Friday at 9am.

·         No Public transportation will be available on Wednesday.

Heavy amounts of snow can cause blockage of vents in a home. Box Butte General Hospital encourages everyone to change the batteries in their carbon monoxide detectors.

If a medical emergency occurs, the hospital encourages residents to call 911 and wait for Emergency Services for transport.  Please be advised delays in response are possible.

Residents are urged to:

Refill essential medications ahead of the storm from their pharmacy

If absolutely needing to travel in town for an appointment, call ahead to let them know you are coming and to make sure they are open

Take it easy when shoveling snow. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor’s advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold.”

·         Warm up and stretch before starting snow removal

·         Dress appropriately for snow removal. Wear mittens, hat, warm socks and boots

·         Determine the amount of time you will spend outside shoveling snow before you take a break

·         Use a shovel that is sized for you to help prevent a back injury. Lift with your legs, not your back. Keep your back straight. Turn your whole body, don’t twist

·         If the snow is too heavy try pushing it instead of lifting it. Consider snow removal more frequently instead of waiting to for the snow fall to pass, (removing it all at one time)

·         When the snow is clear consider spreading sand, salt, or kitty litter to prevent ice formation on cement walks and stairs

·         If you use a snow blower take the time to be familiar with it. Read the instructions so you know how to safely operate it

Power outages are possible in any storm. Please prepare for the possibility of loss of power.

·         To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only. Generators should be used at least 20 feet away from your home.

·         Identify and throw away food that may not be safe to eat.

·         Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.

·         In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.

·         In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.

·         Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.

BBGH will maintain updates on its Facebook page.

Go to the www.bbgh.org home page and click on “Injury Prevention” for a comprehensive list of winter safety information.

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