WOODRUFF - Patients at two Northwoods hospitals will soon be getting a lift, literally. That's all thanks to a new, safe patient handling program.
Smart Moves is a new program at Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. The program is focused on helping nurses and staff lift and move patients around. It's especially helpful for nurses treating patients that have little strength of their own.
"We had the dubious distinction of having a high employee injury rate related to patient handling. That was causing lost work days and, frankly, some pretty hefty medical bills for our employees," says Deb Karow, Vice President of Patient Care Services.
State-of-the-art heavy lifting equipment and staff training are all part of the program. Today, the staff learned about 3 new pieces of lifting equipment.
"Before we even selected this equipment though, we had several demonstrations and the ability of the staff to actually choose the equipment, and this is the products that they selected," says Deb Karow.
The Smart Moves program begins May 14th. Then the staff will be able to use some of the new equipment.
VILAS COUNTY - A warming climate could have significant impacts on Northwoods streams. Warming streams, in turn, could put pressure on trout populations in those waterways.
"If we think about streams, it is changing, and that's going to potentially change what can live here and the habitats that are available," said Dr. Noah Lottig, an assistant scientist at the UW-Madison Trout Lake Research Station in Boulder Junction. "We've seen that across a whole range of things and a wide variety of studies."
WHITE LAKE - Students in White Lake spent the day outside of the classroom learning about invasive species today. It was the 16th annual Spring Lake Day at White Lake. It's part of the year-round Adopt-A-Lake program that teaches students about waterway and environmental preservation.
"Being on White Lake and being in the Northwoods, aquatic invasive species education is extremely important," said Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator John Preuss. "And a good way to reach out to people is through our students and through our youth."
Elementary students from White Lake School learned about the different aquatic invasive species such as purple loosestrife, and Eurasian watermilfoil. They also learned how to prevent them from spreading.
"Those plants spread by fragmentation and boat traffic," said Preuss. "And just educating people so they know the right steps to take and the laws to prevent this plant from moving around. We have 15,000 lakes in Wisconsin; just a small percentage have an invasive species."
Students also learned about the spread of a tree killing bug called emerald ash bore.
MERRILL - A Merrill public safety center can now use a new patrol car for training. The Merrill Police Department donated one of their retired police cars to the Northcentral Technical College's Public Safety Center of Excellence. The donation marks the end of Crown Victoria police cars for the city.
"We've just retired our last Ford Crown Victoria," said Merrill Police Chief Ken Neff. "A couple of years ago, Ford stopped manufacturing the Crown Victoria as a fleet vehicle. For years we've had Crown Vics, but now we've gone to the Ford Taurus and the Ford Explorer."
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