Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Do you have ICE?

Everyone should have ICE; that is,
In Case of Emergency numbers listed on their cell speed dial.
ICE helps first responders, such as Police, Fire and Paramedics to identify next of kin for important medical information in case you aren't able to provide that information yourself.

This program was invented by a British Paramedic in 2005 because fewer than 25% of people carry any details of who to contact in the event of a serious accident, injury or sudden illness.

It's easy to do. Simply enter key contact names and numbers in your cell phone address book under ICE. Multiple emergency contacts should be listed as ICE 2,
ICE 3, etc.

You can also carry a sticker and/or card in your wallet that acts as a visual alert for first responders. Anyone can receive these free ICE stickers and cards by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

PO Box 82
Dewitt, NY 13214

or by visiting their website http://www.ice4safety.com/

More about emergency information programs can be found at:
Take a moment or two now to enter your emergency contact numbers. Don't forget to tell your friends and family about ICE, too.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Consumer Health Information Outreach Program

Did you know that looking up health or medical information on the internet is one of the most popular online activities? According to a 2008 Pew Internet Project, "78% of broadband users look online for health information." Popular search topics include information about medical problems, current medical treatments, diet, prescriptions, alternative medicine and more.
Where do you go when you need reliable, trustworthy information about your health?

Searching the web for health information can be a frustrating, daunting experience. Because of that, the Trinitas Library created The Trinitas Library - Consumer Health Information Partnership Program.
You may contact the library staff for consumer health level information through our website's email form or by phone. We will prepare a packet of information at no cost for you or your family to read and discuss with your health care provider.
So the next time you need health information, please don't hesitate to call or email the Trinitas Library!
We can be reached at 908-994-5371 or www.trinitas.org

Monday, June 8, 2009

Hello! Our Introduction

Trinitas Regional Medical Center's Library and Information Center's blog has arrived!

TRMC is located in Elizabeth, N.J. and serves Union County and surrounding areas. TRMC is a Catholic teaching hospital with 2 campuses, which includes a mental health facility. For more information about the hospital, please go to http://www.trinitas.org/

The Library will use this blog to reach out to you about our services and resources, as well as offer other information, such as consumer health, hot topics in health, public health announcements, emergency preparedness tips, linkouts and more.

We invite your feedback as this will help us determine what you want to see in this blog.

That's it for now. Next entry will begin a series on summer safety tips.

Elisabeth Jacobsen Marrapodi,
Library Director
Trinitas Library