Categories > Uncategorized
11148 124 St NW Edmonton, AB T5M 0J6
No referral needed, open to PUBLIC
- Basic Foot care and assessment by licensed qualified nurses
- Foot care and Assessment/ screening for high-risk and Diabetics persons
TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF AND LET US LOOK AT YOUR FEET!
Why Do I Need Foot-Care?
Effective foot-care performed by qualified health professionals has proven to reduce the risk of lower limb amputation and circulatory complications by nearly 50%. ALL persons with diabetes or those at risk for diabetes as well as anyone with circulatory, history of foot ulcers or mobility issues should be receiving foot-care on a consistent basis.
Diabetes and circulatory disorders often lead to peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD causes narrowing of blood vessels and reduced blood flow to limbs. It also causes peripheral neuropathy (PN-nerve damage) that prevents the feeling of pain. If you are unable to properly feel pain or sensation you may not realize that you have a foot wound and seek treatment. This can cause the tiniest of cuts to grow and become infected and eventually necrotic when combined with the reduced wound healing capabilities of those with circulation issues. Tissue damage and infection may also spread to the bone. Often these infections cannot be contained and unfortunately the damage to the body may be irreparable leaving amputation as the only viable solution.
We Want To Empower Our Patients With Education
In addition to our foot-care and high risk screening services we also focus on patient education. Amputations and infections bring irrevocable consequences and diminished quality of life. We want to work together to help you learn how to self-manage your diabetes or chronic illness to prevent these complications from occurring.
Did You Know?
- Persons with diabetes are at 15 times greater risk of lower limb amputation than the general public.
- More than 90% of diabetic amputees had been considered “high-risk” in the period leading up to their procedure.
- Approximately 70% of persons die within five years of having an amputation.
- Diabetic foot complications are the most common cause of hospitalization in diabetic patients and one of the largest concerns within North American health systems.
- Foot-care and improved diabetes management have resulted in lower limb amputations to be reduced by half!
With consistent and effective diabetes management, foot care and wound care, persons with diabetes and circulatory diseases can significantly reduce their risk of amputation or prevent it entirely! Let us help you today!
The Bigstone partnership takes the learning experience to a new level, Konkin noted.
“With this placement, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is starting to build relationships with the communities themselves, and we hope to reach similar agreements with other communities. We appreciate that the Bigstone Health Commission was willing to engage with us and build something different.”
The rotation will see Siu, two other third-year students and a medical resident take up respective one- and two-month postings between now and next June, based at the Wabasca/Desmarais Healthcare Centre and a clinic in the hamlet, serving a population of 3,000 to 3,500 Aboriginal people. Siu led off the rotation Oct. 19, but before starting it, he completed an online training module and was asked to develop some of his own learning objectives.
“A key objective of this rotation is to have students get an idea of possibilities about positive reaction for change in the sense of building relationships and working with Aboriginal people,” Konkin said. Betkowski, B. (2015, October 22). Med students gain Aboriginal perspective on health. Retrieved October 22, 2015.
Bigstone Health Benefits has extended the deadline to sign the new consent form, this new date is August 31, 2015.
In order to continue your coverage, we need a signed copy of the updated BHB (Bigstone Health Benefits) consent form. You can access the forms by clicking on the link below, or by visiting one of our offices: Edmonton Corporate office 780-341-2777 & Wabasca Health Center 780-891-2000
Due to recent changes of privacy laws, as of August 31st we are no longer authorized to provide coverage for members who have not given proper consent.
Proper consent is considered:
- a completed and signed copy of our updated Bigstone Health Benefits form.
- One form for each adult over the age of 18 must be submitted.
- All children under the age of 18 must be added to the parents’ form, even if the consenting parent is not a Bigstone Member.
- We now require Health Care Numbers for all members; this also includes the members who reside outside of Alberta.
If we do not have an updated consent form on file, members will be required to pay for any benefits up front, then later request a reimbursement from Bigstone Health Benefits.
**Please keep in mind receipts are only valid for a year after they have been issued**
If you have any questions regarding this form, please call 1-866-891-9719 or 780-341-2777 ask for Samantha or Amber.
This Month We are conducting a customer survey to determine how effective ‘What the Health’ Newsletter is at getting information out to the public. It’s free to participate and you may enter to win our family gift basket which includes: a 6 month membership to the pool in Wabasca, as well as 18 holes for two at the Eagle Point Golf Course, and $100 gift certificate at E&M Foods.
News letters can be dropped off at these locations:
~ Apple Drugs in Wabasca
~ Both Medical clinics
~ Bigstone Dental clinic
~ The Deli
~ Bigstone Band office
~ Bigstone Health Commission
~ The Hospital
~ The RCMP Station
We have so much exciting news to share for April! A new pharmacy will be coming to Slave Lake, and Bigstone Community Wellness will be hosting a Community BBQ on April 9th.
Featured in our March issue is the, Alberta Health Link Services. This is a free service provided by Alberta Health Service professionals. Health Link provides a toll free number that you can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Experienced registered nurses and other health care benefactors provide support over the phone; for more information on this article, and for additional health news related to your community click on the button below
So far February has been a busy Month. We celebrated the recent accreditation of Bigstone Community Wellness and Bigstone Elders Lodge, also Bigstone Non-Insured Health Benefits is busy updating members contact information, If you haven’t done so already can you please contact Gloria Yellowknee. And just a reminder that the flu season is still upon us, so please remember to wash your hands and stay healthy
Going into the new year we decided to use a new look and layout for our newsletter. We still publish the most current information and events that take place in our community. With the additional space we are now able to provide more information for your enjoyment.
Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that’s caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose. Though rare in the United States, 20 million cases occur worldwide every year.
November 2013 Newsletter
Primary lung cancer starts in the cells of the lung. The lungs are in the chest, one on each side of the heart. The right lung has 3 main parts, called lobes. The left lung is a bit smaller and has 2 lobes. The lungs are cushioned and protected by a thin covering called the pleura. The pleura has 2 layers of tissue. One layer covers the lungs and the other lines the inside wall of the chest. There is a small amount of fluid (pleural fluid) between the 2 layers of the pleura. The pleural fluid allows the layers to slide over each other as you breathe.
November 2013 Newsletter