MEDDAC Minute

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1. Weed Army Community Hospital has started its “Operation Fight the Flu” campaign. Dosages have been allocated to NTC’s Tenet Commands. The hospital continues to receive additional shipments and will be available to our beneficiaries soon. Stay tuned and, as always, we appreciate your continued patience and support.

2. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention recommends that people avoid using E-cigarettes, or vaping products that contain THC and/or nicotine. If you have recently used an e-cigarette, or vaping, product, see a healthcare provider immediately if you develop symptoms such as:

• cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain

• nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or diarrhea

• fatigue, fever, or weight loss

For additional information, you may contact WACH, Preventive Medicine (760-383-5812). Information is also available from the following:

• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/e-cigarettes/severe-lung-disease/need-to-know/index.html

• Army Public Health Center        https://phc.amedd.army.mil/topics/healthyliving/tfl/Pages/Vaping.aspx

3. A reminder to our beneficiaries that Weed Army Community Hospital clinics and ancillary services will be closed on the following minimum-manning days in observance of Federal Holidays. The Emergency Room and Inpatient services will remain open 24 hours, 7 days a week. For any questions or concerns please contact 760-383-5155.

• Nov. 8, 2019

• Nov. 29, 2019

• Dec. 24, 2019

• Dec. 31, 2019

• May 22, 2020

• July 6, 2020

• Sept. 4, 2020

4. There is still time for you to join us as a patient and family adviser. Weed’s Patient and Family Advisory Council is comprised of volunteer patients, family members of patients, and Weed staff who meet monthly to improve the community hospital’s programs and overall quality and safety. Advisers devote two or more hours per month. They share insights and experiences in productive ways; see beyond their own personal experiences; respect diversity and differing opinions; are good listeners; collaborate on solutions; and are passionate about enhancing the healthcare experience here at NTC. This community hospital council is the voice of the beneficiaries that we serve. The last meeting was received well and attended by civilian representatives from OPS Group, 916th Support Brigade, USAG and our own MEDDAC personnel. There is still room for NTC and Marine Corps Logistics Base Tenet Commands and agencies. If you are interested in joining, please contact 760-383-5099 for more information.