Safety and Prevention

Mom with sick baby

RSV: What you should know

As news in our region spreads about children with severe respiratory illness fill emergency departments and pediatric inpatient units, Cheshire’s pediatricians discuss how to slow transmission, care for sick children, and when to call for urgent care.

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Daughter and father discussion

Advance care planning for all ages

Few want to burden loved ones with difficult decisions during times of emotional distress. You make decisions about your care for yourself by creating an advance care directive and designating a healthcare agent while you’re able.

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Erin Patnode, BSN, RN

Cheshire Medical Center Infection Prevention discuss strategies to keep staff and patients safe on "The Cure Podcast"

In the newest episode of Dartmouth Health's "The Cure Podcast," Erin Patnode, BSN, RN, discusses the latest in COVID-19 infection prevention strategies, respiratory virus testing, patient visitation, and building a framework for action.

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Breast and Cervical Screenings: Piece of Mind for You and Those You Love

When you get the recommended screenings, cancer can be detected early and is much easier to treat. Many underinsured people are eligible for free screenings and follow-up care.

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A cartoon family sitting at a table that has emergency supplies on it

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared

New Englanders' fashion and leisure activities vary seasonally. You should also have an emergency preparedness kit and plan to handle whatever surprises each season may bring. Tricia Zahn, MPH gives some tips and resources so you’ll be ready for anything

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Looking For Germs In All The Right Places—And The Less Obvious Ones

As we head into cold and flu season, let’s take a look at just a few locations where germs may be hiding in plain sight.

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A man, sitting on a couch, covered with a blanket and coughing.

Is it COVID, a Cold or flu? Self-Care Tips and the Best Way to Reduce Spreading Germs

Since COVID symptoms overlap with some allergy, cold, and flu symptoms, follow these tips to take care of yourself and limit spreading germs to others.

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Hiker standing on mountain-top

Injury Prevention: Prepare Your Body for Hiking

David Potach, PT, SCS, CSCS, director of rehabilitation at Cheshire and author of Sport Injury Prevention Anatomy, offers advice and simple exercises to prevent common injuries on the trail.

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Firework display

Celebrate with fireworks safely - be prepared, be safe, be responsible

Here are tips for keeping you—and your family—safe around fireworks.

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Laura Reyor, MSN, APRN

Catching Up on Your Care: 4 Questions to Ask Your Provider

These questions will help you work with your provider to prevent—or find and fix—issues long before they become crises, especially if your care was interrupted.

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