Life & Health


Are we fist-bumping our way to fewer infections?

Published on September 1, 2014 By Marlene Stetson, RN, CIC, infection control coordinator, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Many people think you can learn a lot about someone by their handshake. As an infection control and prevention coordinator, to me a handshake means germs. So much to my amusement, the American Journal of Infection Control recently published a report offering a more hygienic way to shake someone’s hand: the fist bump.

Now I know what you’re thinking: you wouldn’t be caught dead offering up a fist bump the next time you’re meting with someone important. But let’s look at the report’s findings, because frankly, you might be more inclined to reintroduce the...

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Medications and driving

Published on August 28, 2014 By Scott DeHart, MD, PhD, medical director, occupational health, Mount Nittany Physician Group

One of the questions we often get from our Commercial Driver's License (CDL) drivers concerns the kinds of medications that the Department of Transportation allows. This information may be equally relevant to non-CDL driving as well, but is absolutely crucial for CDL drivers in order to obtain their DOT Medical Certificates so that they can continue to drive.

The federal regulations do not spell out specifically all of the medications that might be at issue but rather make the general statement that "A person is physically qualified to drive a commercial motor vehicle if that pers...

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Free Hunters’ Health Day offered to keep hunters safe in the woods

Published on August 25, 2014 By Rich Kelley, NREMT-P, EMS clinical supervisor, Mount Nittany Medical Center

Hunters’ Health Day, in its 21st year, is an initiative of Mount Nittany Medical Center’s Emergency Services Department created to help hunters recognize their health risks, and then take proper precautions, make good health choices and seek medical treatment, if necessary.

The event offers free screenings including EKGs, total cholesterol, vision, total body fat, blood pressure, blood sugar, and hearing on Saturday, September 13, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. near the ambulance entrance at the Medical Center.

Hunting is a very vigorous sport that often requires climbing rocky t...

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