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St. Joseph Healthcare Launches "Flu Care Package"


10.17.2017

The flu is now here in Maine and St. Joe’s is launching some help for those in the community. Starting yesterday, October 16th, 2017 patients of St. Joe’s primary care practices, respiratory care and those in the emergency department who are presenting with signs of the flu [respiratory symptoms, cough, fever, etc.] will receive a Flu Care Package.

Inside the care package:

  • tissues
  • cough drops
  • surface wipes
  • lip balm
  • hand sanitizers
  • information from Maine Quality Counts and Choosing Wisely on antibiotics
  • education cards with instruction on how to properly wash and sanitize hands

“As a hopeful replacement to antibiotics," says Andrew Donovan RN, Infection Prevention Coordinator, "we’re wanting to support our patients by offering them items that will help them feel better by managing the symptoms they’re experiencing and not causing harm by giving them unnecessary antibiotics.”

St. Joe’s works hard to keep our community healthy; these flu care packages are an offering to our patients and the community in an effort to give comfort and information on wellness resources.

Flu care packages are free of charge for our patients, thanks to the partnership between St. Joe’s, Maine Quality Counts and Choosing Wisely funded by the ABIM Foundation through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The flu care packages will be distributed as long as supplies last. To learn more about Choosing Wisely you can visit:  choosingwisely.org.



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