DuBOIS — Penn Highlands Healthcare is committed to the health and well-being of the communities it serves. Throughout April and May, Penn Highlands DuBois Trauma Team Members and Nursing Educators conduct classes for high school and college students and hold community events to raise awareness. to injury prevention.
On Saturday, May 7, Penn Highlands DuBois is participating in Dickinson Center, Inc.’s “Community Helpers Day” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Benzinger Park in St. Marys. Members of the Penn Highlands DuBois trauma team will educate attendees on the importance of wearing bicycle helmets as well as proper helmet fit. The event is free for Elk County families with children 5 and under.
On Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday, May 26, Penn Highlands DuBois will host a “Falls Prevention Program” at YMCA DuBois after Silver Sneakers class at 8:45 a.m. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death in adults . 65 and older, and the age-adjusted fall mortality rate increases. All members of the community are encouraged to attend to learn more about falls prevention and how they can help themselves and others. Information will be available on fall risk screening. Additionally, Penn Highlands DuBois provides free non-slip shoe covers to help prevent falls.
On Thursday, April 14, Penn Highlands DuBois is hosting “Stop the Bleed” classes for students at DuBois Area Middle School.
The “Stop the Bleed” campaign is administered by the Defense Health Agency and the Combat Casualty Care Research Program. The program, which is taught locally by members of the Penn Highlands DuBois trauma team and nursing educators, commits people to being trained, equipped and prepared to save a life.
On Wednesday, May 11 and Thursday, May 12, Stop the Bleed classes will be offered to approximately 350 students, teachers and support staff at St. Marys Area High School. Students in various fields of study, including metal fabrication, woodworking, EMT, CNA, and healthcare professional programs, as well as those participating in health education classes, enrichment and staging, were invited to participate.
“Having spent my nursing career in the emergency departments of Penn Highlands DuBois and Penn Highlands Elk, I am very passionate about helping to protect our communities from traumatic injury,” said Kara Bauer, RN, BSN, Trauma, Outreach and Injury Prevention coordinator for Penn Highlands DuBois who oversees programming.
To learn more about these events or to schedule a “Stop the Bleed” program or injury prevention/awareness program for a group, contact Bauer at 814-375-8072 or [email protected]