Prevent an Adverse Drug Event by Knowing Your Meds!

Over 60% of adults in the United States older than 65 years old take at least 5 medications each week; 15% of people 65 years or older take at least 10 medications each week. An up-to-date medication list provides real-time information to healthcare providers for routine visits as well as emergencies, when the person might be physically unable to vocalize what medications he or she takes.

Patients should know the following about the medications they take:
• Name
• Strength
• Dose
• Frequency
• Last date and time taken

Medication reconciliation is a process that reduces medication errors like omissions, duplications, dosing
errors or drug interactions. One of the easiest ways to keep up-to-date on medication is to keep a record or a list in a wallet, or to take a picture of the medication list and have it available on a cell phone as an
image for easy reference.

To print a personal Medication Record, please visit

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The Art of Snacking Smart

So, you made healthy food choices for breakfast and lunch. Good for you! But now it is 3 p.m., lunch is a distant memory, and your stomach will not stop growling. The vending machine outside of your office is calling to you again–that familiar, siren song–but you know the vending machine snacks are not the most healthy, or nutritious. You are helpless to resist the appeal (and convenience) of the quick, not-so-good-for-you snack. Right? Not so fast…

PCRMC Registered/Licensed Dietitians, Cheryl Abrams and Courtney Heine, share some of the following ideas to help you stay on-track with your healthy eating plan:

  • Plan ahead. Keep a variety of nutritious, ready-to-eat options at your desk, such as fruits, pre-cut veggies, granola bars, and nuts and seeds.
  • Don’t skip meals. Skipping meals or eating a carbohydrate-heavy diet can contribute to cravings and overeating later in the day.
  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day. Eating 6 small meals during the day and balancing your carbohydrate and protein intake can help with satiety.
  • Get up and move. Don’t eat unless you are truly hungry. Moving around can help combat cravings caused from boredom, fatigue or stress.
  • Watch portions. A snack is supposed to be around 200 calories, for example 1/4 cup dried blueberries and 12 pistachios. Pre-portioned servings will help you from overeating.

Abrams and Heine also suggest snacking-smart on protein smoothies, yogurt parfaits, cheese cubes and whole-wheat crackers. The key to success is preparation. Take that vending machine!

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Colon Cancer

Dress in Blue for Colon Cancer Awareness!

National Dress in Blue Day will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday, March 1. The Colon Cancer Alliance started Dress in Blue Day in 2009 to bring awareness about colon cancer prevention and to celebrate those affected by the disease.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but through regular screenings it is one of the most preventable. If you are 50 or older, talk to your doctor about screening options. When colorectal cancer is detected early, the chance of survival is very good.

“Some people assume that without a family history of colorectal cancer, they don’t need to get screened, but this is not true; only 10 or 20 percent of those with colorectal cancer have relatives who had the disease. People with a confirmed history, though, should talk to their doctor about getting screened before they turn 50,” says Tina Warnol, RN, manager of the PCRMC Endoscopy Department.

Warnol says that colon cancer can affect all ages, so recognize the following warning signs:

  • Blood in or on the stool; a change in bowel habits; or stools that are narrower than usual
  • General stomach discomfort or frequent gas pains
  • Weight loss that occurs despite no change in daily habits or diet
  • Chronic fatigue

If you have any of these symptoms, please discuss them with your doctor immediately.



PCRMC Employee Pharmacy

Take Care of Your Feet

Healthcare and many other professions, such as teaching, food service, retail, construction, cosmetology and factory work often require workers to stand on their feet for numerous hours at a time. What can you do to protect your feet and pamper sore calf muscles after a long day of standing and walking?

PCRMC Podiatrist Christopher Johnson, DPM, recommends the following tips to alleviate minor aches and pains and make sure your feet are getting the attention they deserve:

  • Your feet and muscles become fatigued when you stand all day, and this can cause them to hurt. Make sure you invest in a good, supportive shoe that provides comfort, stability, cushioning, shock absorption and arch support. There are many high-quality athletic shoes on the market, like Asics and New Balance, which are designed to help protect feet and ankles.
  • Stay well hydrated by drinking water throughout the day and take a few minutes to stretch your muscles when you can.
  • Powerstep orthotic shoe insoles are the best over-the-counter orthotic available. Powerstep orthotics provide an extra layer of cushioning, arch and heel support to help alleviate pain caused by many common foot conditions. PCRMC employees can invest in a pair of Powerstep orthotics at the PCRMC Employee Pharmacy. You can also purchase them at Key Sport Shop in Rolla or online at
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Establish a Lifetime of Care

You are healthy, happy and all is well. So why do you need a primary care provider (PCP)? Only people who are sick need to establish care with a doctor…right? Not so fast! Everyone should have a PCP, and the best reason to begin care with a PCP is to make sure you stay well and healthy now and in the future.

What is a Primary Care Provider?
A PCP is a healthcare practitioner who is invested in providing patients with a lifetime of care. PCPs work with patients of all ages to provide preventive care; treat common illnesses or conditions; create options for maintaining a healthy lifestyle; and make referrals to medical specialists, if needed.

A PCP is someone who gets to know you: your wellness goals, your habits and your motivators. Essentially, a PCP is a friend–someone you build a relationship with, someone who is there to make sure you are taken care of, and someone who looks out for your overall health and wellbeing.

Partners in Good Health
A PCP works with you to ensure you are getting the best care possible. As your partner in health, your PCP works as your advocate to help you create and maintain healthy habits and reach your wellness goals. A PCP helps you to be proactive and preventive by making sure you are up-to-date on recommended exams and immunizations. And, if you are sick, a PCP is your first line of defense to getting well again.

Since your PCP knows you and your health history, he or she will know when something is out of the ordinary, or when you just do not seem like yourself. From there, your PCP will work with you to make recommendations for lifestyle changes or to prevent future illnesses.

PCRMC has the Right Provider for You!
Give yourself the gift of good health and establish care with a PCP! With over 80 providers and 20 specialties, Phelps County Regional Medical Center has the right provider for you. Please call the PCRMC Contact Center today and set up an appointment at 573-364-9000.