Health
Thursday, October 14th. 1999
Statewide effort to identify residents with special needs
Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner is leading a statewide effort to provide better protection of Delaware residents with specific physical or medical conditions in the case of emergencies at their homes.
The Delaware 911 Better Information Better Response Campaign will solicit and add information about residents' special needs and conditions to the state's 911 computer database. The information will automatically flash on a computer screen to a 911 dispatcher when a call comes from that residence.
"This will allow firefighters, police or emergency medical personnel who are responding to a 911 call to know whether there is a person who is confined to bed or in a wheelchair, is blind or deaf, or has a number of other conditions that may require extra help," Lt. Gov. Minner said.
The 911 Emergency Information Forms can be obtained by calling the Delaware Helpline at 1-800-464-HELP.

Blue Jeans for Babies
During an average week in Delaware, 197 babies are born. Out of those babies, 25 are born to mothers who receive late or no prenatal care, 17 are born weighing less than 5.5 pounds, 3 are born weighing less than 3.5 pounds, and 1 baby dies as a result of birth defect.
You can help give these babies a fighting chance. When you wear denims or casual clothes on Blue Jeans for Babies Day, you're joining the March of Dimes successful fight to save babies.
The Delaware State Chapter of the March of Dimes invites you to designate Wednesday, Nov. 3, as Blue Jeans for Babies Day at your place of employment. Employees will join a nationwide effort to raise money for the March of Dimes, by simply purchasing a Blue Jeans for Babies sticker for $5, T-shirt for $12, or sweatshirt for $20. On the designated day, participants can show they care by what they wear.
Participating costs nothing to the company, but it can give a brighter, healthier future to Delaware's moms and babies. To register your company, or for more information, contact Marie Friedman at the March of Dimes at 302-225-1020 or 800-244-9255.
Night-at-the-Races
The Nanticoke Health Services Auxiliary will be offering "Night-at-the-Races" on Oct. 27, at Harrington Raceway. The clubhouse will open at 5 p.m. and post-time is 5:45 p.m.
There will be 13 races for trotters and pacers, horses owned and bred by Delaware residents and a race featuring the auxiliary as the sponsor. Tickets are available for $15 per person which include an al a carte dinner.
Wagering for each race will be offered at the participant's table and in the betting area located adjacent to the clubhouse.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the hospital at 626-6611, ext. 2402 or auxiliary members Nancy Cook (629-8503) and Judi Thoroughgood (934-8215).

Seminar for school nurses
A seminar entitled "Pediatric Update for Office/School Nurses" will be offered at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus, on Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Workshops will cover teenage pregnancy, weight management, and the latest in pediatric office/school management.
Distinguished presenters include Judy Herrman, RN, MSN, of the University of Delaware; Joan Holter-Gildea, MA, C-Cs, RN, CPNP, of NYU Medical Center and The Pediatric Center in Stanford, Conn.; and Cindy Salmon, RN, MSN, of the A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
The seminar offers 7.5 contact hours for approved continuing education. The $79 fee includes handouts, lunch, and refreshments.
To register, call 854-6966.