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46 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Nov. 15 - Nov. 21, 2002 Planned Parenthood of Delaware launches initiative to meet men's health care needs Known nationwide as the pre- mier women's health provider, it comes as a surprise to many that Planned Parenthood also offers services to men. Planned Parent- hood of Delaware (PPDE) is launching a comprehensive new initiative to serve men better at all medical offices and through edu- cational programs. In its five medical offices around the state (Claymont, Wilmington, Newark, Dover and Rehoboth), PPDE offers men test- ing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, counseling on birth control, free condoms and testicular exams. Services are on a sliding fee scale, based on the patient's income. On Dec. 10, the Sexuality Education Training In- stitute at PPDE will offer a full- day program on Male Involve- ment for educators and health pro- fessionals who are interested in expanding their Work with men on sexual health issues. "Men have often been the 'missing link' in programs that at- tempt to reduce teen pregnancy or decrease levels of sexually trans- mitted infections. We will see much more progress in solving these problems if we address both sides of the equation," said Sharon Kaplan, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Delaware. Recent research has shown the great need for male sexual and reproductive health services. The Alan Guttmacher In- stitute's report, "In Their Own Right," (2002) concludes that "in the end, meeting the needs of both men and women should result in lower levels of sexually transmit- ted diseases (STDs), fewer un- wanted pregnancies, healthier pregnancies and births, and better parenting," For details on medical services, call 800-230-PLAN or log onto To regis- ter for the Dec. 10 Male Involve- ment training, call 302-655-7296, Nurses Continued from page 45 OR nursing actually got its start during the Crimean War in the early 1800s. During the war, nurses were the front line care- givers O f the injured and began to assist surgeons with battlefield casualtiesl This is where Florence Nightingale began the earliest, single most important infection control practice in existence: good hand washing. "It takes a unique and special person to become a nursing pro- fessional in this specialty," said Chris Price, MSN, RN, CPAN, CAPA, Bayhealth PeriOperative Services director. "A fierce dedi- cation to patient care and clinical skill are only a small part of the requirements needed to function in the various roles periopera- tiveNursing caregivers assume on a daily basis." "Due to the number of clinical specialties, Bayhealth's perioper- ativestaff must keep up with cur- rent trends and new technology," said Judy Martin, MS, RN, Bay- health Patient Care Services sen- ior vice president. "Many nurses on our perioperativestaff have served Bayhealth,for 20 to 30 years, responding 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week, when they are on call." Many have also tak- en the initiative to professionally certify, gaining certification in OR nursing/technician practice. Registered nurses achieve a CNOR certification; surgical technicians achieve CST designa-. tions; and first assistants earn CRNFA and CFA certifications. They are well versed in clinical standards of practice, AORN, in- fection control and OSHA regula- tions. They perform competency demonstrations and have regular inservices to stay abreast of the new and ever-changing technolo- gy. All OR nursing and technical staffs are required to know every- thing about the nine specialty ar- eas serviced at Bayhealth: gener- al, vascular, ENT, eyes, oral, neu- ro, orthopaedic, gyn_ecology, uUrology/cystoscopy; plhstics and reconstructive surgery. "An OR nurse may work all day and yet at 2 a.m. drag herself out of bed and rush to the hospital and plunge into a truly life-and-death situation," said Dr. Edward Alexander. "This is a frequent oc- currence in our hospital, and the way these nurses make sacrifices never ceases to amaze me. I truly believe these nurses are American Heroes." "The periorative staff at both Hey, GgAVES MEDICAL UNIF01vIS here the Milford and the Kent campus of Bayhealth have consistently been professional, competent and enthusiastic for the nearly 30 years that I have had the privilege working with them," said Dr. Ed- ward Quinn. "We are fortunate at Bayhealth to have such a competent group of perioperativenurses and tegh- nicians," said Dr. Michael L. Mattern. "As an orthopaedic sur- geon, I have relied on their pro- fessional help to care for patients needing surgical care for many years, and have found their dedi- cation and eagerness to be out- standing." Since 1924... 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