Emergency Medical Info: There’s an app for that!

screenshotMany of you probably have a contact in your phone labeled ‘ICE’ for in case of emergency. That contact includes the name and number of a spouse, parent, or close friend who you’d hope someone will call if you were seriously injured or ill. The problem is, nowadays, everyone is locking his or her phone with a passcode or fingerprint leaving your emergency contact impossible to access.

For those of you with iPhones, there’s a simple solution – use the Apple Health App to create your Medical ID.

The process is simple:

  1. Click on the Health app and then choose Medical ID from the lower right-hand corner.
  2. The first time you do this, you’ll get a descriptive screen about medical ID and a button to “Create Medical ID.’
  3. Make sure that “Show When Locked” is activated. If you don’t do this, no one will be able to see this without you unlocking your phone. Then enter your name, date of birth, medical conditions, allergies, medications, and critical notes about your health. You may also enter several emergency contacts.
  4. To test this, lock your phone and intentionally don’t use the Touch ID to unlock it. You’ll see the word “Emergency” in the lower left. Press that and you’ll see a special dialing screen where not only can anyone call 911, but they can also hit the “Medical ID” button. That brings up the information you entered, including the ability to call those contacts.

For Android users, there are a number of apps that will provide a similar function, including Medical ID.

Although this is a feature that everyone hopes they’ll never need, it is essential. It might allow for a loved one to be contacted should you lose consciousness. In an extreme case, the information might provide life-saving information to a first responder.

Cardiology, Pulmonology Now Available at KSB Oregon Clinic

Gehlbach-Iyer-Oregon-websitenewsDr. Laxman Iyer and Dr. Thomas Gehlbach are working to improve patient access by seeing patients in the KSB Oregon Clinic. The convenient Oregon location will save patients from Ogle County time by reducing the need to drive to Dixon. 

Dr. Iyer began seeing patients in Oregon in late May, and is scheduled to be at the Oregon Clinic on the afternoon of the third Wednesday of each month. Patients who need to see a cardiologist can now choose whether to schedule their appointment at the main cardiology office at Commerce Towers in Dixon or to see Dr. Iyer in Oregon. 

“We’re glad to provide patients with a choice. The Oregon Clinic is a convenient location for many patients in Ogle County, and we’re happy to offer specialty care right in town.” 

Dr. Gehlbach will begin accepting appointments at the KSB Oregon Clinic on the afternoon of Friday, October 2, and will return to the clinic on alternating Friday afternoons. Dr. Gehlbach brings pulmonology services to Ogle County and adds another speciality to the clinic’s offering. 

Patients who want to schedule an appointment in Oregon with either Dr. Iyer or Dr. Gehlbach should still call that physician’s main Dixon office phone number. Patients can simply ask to schedule their appointment in Oregon or choose an available time in Dixon. Dr. Iyer’s main office phone number is 815-285-5815 and Dr. Gehlbach’s main number is 815-285-5966. 

Share this convenient option with your friends and family to help them take advantage of this helpful improvement in access!

New Equipment at KSB Eye & Vision Center

Screenshot 2015-09-23 13.26.03Drs. Kelly Klein, Tom Lawless and Emily Sorenson (at right, seated) are all smiles as a result of newly equipped examination rooms at the KSB Eye and Vision Care office. Two new rooms of examination equipment (chairs, refractors, slit lamps) were added to the facility to accommodate the optometrists’ patients. “Expanding our examination rooms from three to five will certainly improve our patient flow and efficiency considering we now have three doctors’ schedules to manage,” said Dr. Tom Lawless, Senior Optometrist and Office Coordinator. 

“I am really impressed with this investment in state-of-the-art instrumentation for eye care,” said Dr. Emily Sorenson. “It confirms KSB’s commitment to providing the very best in health care.” “Our new equipment is beautiful and it is very patient and doctor friendly,” said Dr. Kelly Klein, who joined KSB in 2014. “I am very pleased with the comfortable office environment the new equipment creates,” she said. 

KSB Eye and Vision Care is located at 511 Palmyra, in Dixon. Drs. Lawless, Klein and Sorenson provide comprehensive vision and eye health examinations for the Sauk Valley community.

KSB Achieves Level II Perinatal Status from IDPH

KSB23798_112KSB has been re-designated as a Level II Perinatal Facility. In order to obtain this status, hospitals are required to comply with a strict set of standards developed by the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure that all pregnant women, fetuses, and newborns have timely access to care. 

The levels of perinatal care within Illinois vary by the types of patients that are treated, availability of sub-specialty consultations, qualifications of staff, types of equipment available and volume of high-risk perinatal patients treated. 

During an onsite visit in July, our team was recognized for excellence and KSB was redesignated as a Level II Perinatal Care Center. 

This designation means KSB Hospital has the necessary qualifications to care for women who may require specialized services. Some of our positive acheivements include: 

  • Excellent discharge planning which includes a home visit for every post-partum mother and newborn within 72 hours after discharge 
  • Excellent availability of mental health resources 
  • Progress towards Baby Friendly status 
  • Collaborative physician and nurse relationships 

PAWS Brings Canine Companions to Patients

ksb23929_63KSB has developed the Pet and Wellness Service (PAWS) to enhance the patient experience by providing therapy dog visits in acute care areas. The PAWS program brings in specially trained dogs to the bedside of select patients. Many individuals admitted to the hospital have canine companions at home who they miss. Therapy dogs help recreate that home-like atmosphere in the hospital room. 

Research has demonstrated that animals have a calming effect, reducing blood pressure and anxiety. Pet therapy programs tend to make people feel less lonely and bring out positive social characteristics. Having animals visit patients in their room can help reduce feelings of depression and isolation in patients as well as stimulating mental activity though interactions with the animal. Animals can also be a distraction for those experiencing uncomfortable medical procedures. 

As we continue growing our program, there are three upcoming training sessions for incoming dogs: 

  • Saturday, September 26 
  • Saturday, October 17 
  • Saturday, October 31 

Contact Linda Robinson at 815-285-5936 for more infomation regarding the PAWS program or how to volunteer.