Health briefs

Mercy Health talks skin cancer

LIMA — Mercer Health has released a video to help people prevent skin cancer, which one in five Americans will get in their lifetime.

Experts explain the main causes of skin cancer and how to prevent it. They give the warning signs and talk about treatment options. The video can be viewed on YouTube by putting in Mercy Health’s with skin cancer as the key words to search.

St. Rita’s Auxiliary to host book fair

LIMA — St. Rita’s Auxiliary is hosting an Usborne Books and More book fair to promote summer reading and raise money for the hospital development donation.

There will be books for infants, picture books, books for beginning readers, chapter books and young adult novels. Prices start at $4.99.

The auxiliary is located at 730 W. Market St. Hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 and 11. Visa and Discover Card are accepted.

St. Rita’s using fingerprint technology

LIMA — St. Rita’s Medical Center is installing fingerprint readers that can scan a patient’s fingerprint to identify the patient and create another step to ensure proper care for each patient.

About 100 scanners were installed as of June 2. The system is being touted as a way to protect patient’s medical identity while preventing medical theft and fraud. St. Rita’s said fingerprints are not stored, SafeChx uses unique minutiae points on a person’s right index finger to link to their records.

Patients can refuse to use the system.

St. Rita’s is using CrossChx to install its system at various registration points in the medical center. St. Rita’s officials said the system will create easier access to patient records, lead to quicker registration times and help to avoid duplicate or incorrect records. It also will provide faster and more accurate patient identification in emergency situations.

CPR/First Aid Training to be offered

LIMA — CPR and First Aid training will be offered June 13 for the general public and with a second training for health care professionals only on June 20.

The training will be offered at the LACNIP Resource Center at 1440 W. Spring St. Training is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the cost is $5 for a certification card. There is room for 10 people per session. To register e-mail or call 419-302-4166.

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