Spring is around the corner. Time to go out and explore the trails, do repairs around the house or yard work. It’s also the time you can get a cut, scrape, animal bite or puncture wound easily. That’s when you are at risk for getting tetanus.
Tetanus is a serious infection that causes muscle spasms. It is sometimes called ‘lockjaw’ because muscle spasms can clench the jaw shut. It is caused by bacteria that live in the soil. They can get into your body through a break in the skin. High risk wounds are penetrating wounds, if there is a coinfection with other bacteria, dead wound tissue and poor vascularization or if there is a foreign object in the wound. It takes approximately 8 days to develop symptoms after you have been exposed but it ranges between 3 and 21 days. Other symptoms can include tight painful muscles that won’t relax, trouble breathing or swallowing, fever, sweating, restlessness and fast or irregular heartbeat. If tetanus is suspected you should see a doctor. Between 10 and 15% of the people diagnosed with tetanus will die from it.
Tetanus can be prevented by washing cuts and scrapes with soap and water and use of an antibiotic ointment. If you cannot get all the dirt out or cannot see all the way into the wound go see a doctor. Do not inject illegal drugs, or at least use clean needles. Another way to prevent tetanus is by getting a tetanus vaccine. This vaccine is part of the routine immunization schedule in Alberta and will be administered at different ages, the last time in grade 9. Adults should get a tetanus booster every 10 years or if you have a high risk wound if it is more than 5 years you had your last booster. This is available free of charge in your local clinic Care in the Creek Medical Centre in Bragg Creek. Come see us if you do not know when your last booster was. We can check it for you and immunize you if needed. We have evening and weekend appointments available. Contact us at 403 949 2457.
Looking for medical office assistant. This is a full time position and experience is preferred. Please send resume to P.O. Box 425, Ste #11, 20 White Ave., Bragg Creek, AB T0L 0K0 or email to email@example.com.
Colorectal cancer is the second most common cancer in Canada. It is also the second most common cause of cancer death in men and the third most common cause of cancer death in women. There are 9 risk factors for this cancer that can be altered with lifestyle and 7 that unfortunately cannot. In Alberta, it is estimated that over half (57%) of colorectal cancer is linked to the factors related to lifestyle.
Fortunately, there are now screening tests for this common cancer and these tests have significantly contributed to early detection and decrease in the number of people dying from this cancer. If you are over 50 years of age or have a concern about your risks for colorectal cancer, it is recommended that you talk with your doctor at Care in the Creek Medical Centre about screening tests.
If you do not have a family doctor call Care In The Creek Medical Centre today at 403-949-2457 to book an appointment.
The second Saturday of the month is coming up again. The clinic will be open March 10th starting 9 am. Book your appointment at 403 949 2457.
We're happy to be able to announce Nancy Ross, speech-language therapist, is offering her services in our clinic. If you're interested in an assessment or treatment please contact her at 403 466 4959.
Even though February is Heart Month, the physicians and staff at Care in the Creek Medical Centre would like to inform you of another very important issue that everyone should know about – RADON.
Radon is an odorless naturally occurring gas resulting from the breakdown of uranium and emitted from the ground into your household. Alberta is one of the provinces with the highest levels of this harmful agent. And did you know that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer?
There are inexpensive kits available for purchase from the Radiation Safety Institute of Canada to test if your home is at risk. There are also many resources available for more information.
Come and talk with your physician at Care in the Creek in Bragg Creek about this important issue. If you do not have a family physician call today to book your meet and greet appointment.
You're invited to join dr Annelies Noordman and her team in the Bragg Creek Community Centre January 18th to discuss women's health. If you're interested in a certain topic feel free to contact the clinic or the community centre to let us know so we can try to accommodate your request.