Health
Thursday, April 06, 2017
 
E-Racing the Blues fun walk The 4th annual E-Racing the Blues© for Mental Health South fun walk will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, in Rehoboth Beach. The event, which benefits the Mental Health Association in Delaware, will begin at the Boardwalk Bandstand, continue down Rehoboth Avenue and to Grove Park where exhibitors will share their story about mental health and suicide prevention. Participants will be given a prize ticket after visiting each exhibitor which can later be turned in for an opportunity to win prizes donated by area merchants. Refreshments and prize drawings will be held at the Bandstand. Participant registration is $20 and can be done online at www.eracingtheblues.org. All funds raised through the walk stay in Kent and Sussex counties. For more information, call 800-287-6423.

Regulations for prescription painkillers Delaware is responding to the ongoing opioid epidemic with new regulations on prescription painkillers. As of April 1, the new regulations are in effect and will help doctors and pharmacists in the fight against misuse and over-prescription of opioid medications in Delaware. The new requirements contain expanded procedures related to prescribing opiates for acute episodes and for chronic, long-term pain management. The requirements are the result of an 18-month process that included input from medical professionals, public health experts, the Attorney General and other stakeholders. Key elements of the new regulations are aimed at controlling the amount of opiates given to new patients and aggressively monitoring their treatment. First-time opiate prescriptions for acute cases may not exceed a one week supply under the new rules. If further opiate prescriptions are deemed necessary, further action is required, including a physical exam with discussion of relevant patient history and the risks of opiates, and a check of the statewide Prescription Monitoring Program database. Prescribers statewide have received an overview of the new regulations and have been directed to consult HelpIsHereDE.com, which contains materials about addiction, sample forms, and a link to access the Prescription Monitoring Program.

Adkins named laboratory director Kimberly S. Adkins, BS, MT (ASCP), MBA, has been named laboratory director at Nanticoke Health Services. Adkins has 15 years of laboratory experience and started with Nanticoke Health Services in April of 1999. She has served as a medical technologist, clinical leader of pre-analytical processes, and hematology and microbiology supervisor. Adkins will transfer from the quality management department where she has served as the organizations infection preventionist for the past two years.

Adkins received her bachelors degree in medical technology from Salisbury University and master of business administration with a concentration in healthcare from Wilmington University. She is credentialed through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Parkinsons Support Group Nanticoke Health Services, in conjunction with CHEER and Care DE and the Manor House, will hold a free Parkinsons education and support group on Thursday, April 20 from 9:30 to 11 a.m., at the Manor House in Seaford. This support group is open to the public. Participating in education/support groups is essential for coping with an illness such as Parkinsons Disease (PD) or other disorders that impair bodily movement. This support group is not only helpful for the individual diagnosed with PD, but also for caregivers, friends and family. Group members welcome guest speakers on a variety of subjects related to PD and provide support to each other through other small group discussions. Tara Trout, LPN, Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, co-facilitates the group with Kathy Landis, caregiver resource coordinator at CHEER in Sussex County. For more info, call 629-6611, ext. 3838.

Kidney Walk is April 30 The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland (NKF-MD) serving Delawares Kent and Sussex counties will hold its annual Southern Delaware Kidney Walk, Sunday, April 30, at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes. Over 600 people are expected to attend this family- and dog-friendly event. With the increase in diabetes and high blood pressure, kidney disease is on the rise, said Returning Event Chair Kristy Ferracci, an FKC dialysis technician who donated a kidney to her husband 10 years ago. We encourage individuals, families and the medical and corporate communities to join us for an inspiring morning that will make a real difference in the lives of people living with kidney disease, including nearly 3,400 Delawareans on dialysis, she added. Check in begins at 10 a.m. at the Picnic Pavilion. Participants can choose from a 3-mile route or a shorter, patient-friendly route for strollers and wheelchairs. The event will feature entertainment, refreshments from Starbucks, Giant and Panera, a petting zoo, photo booth, interactive vendor booths and the Kidney Kids Corner with face painting and games. To register or learn about sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit www.kidneywalk.org or call 410-726-8732.