Happy spring to everybody from BIHS!
Summer appointment schedule
As we move into the summer months, I wanted to reiterate that even though we stop performing annual wellness visits in June, July, and August, we are here for the full spectrum of your chronic disease management such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, hypertension, heart disease, etc. We utilize this strategy after evaluating 24 months of our data.
We illustrated in our second community chat that based on historical need, we have six same-day slots and four emergency slots available in our daily schedule. These same-day and emergency slots are in addition to our scheduled appointments.
The BIHS clinical team feels strongly that proper preventative care requires giving you the time and attention to have shared conversations on healthcare maintenance topics, such as disease management and cancer screenings. The summer volumes and unpredictable nature of emergencies do not allow us to give you the attention you deserve during a wellness appointment.
Towards the end of June, the medical center will be updating its x-ray equipment to digital, thanks to the generosity of the Roosa Fund. This will allow us to have high-quality imaging to better detect injury and allow us to reestablish collaboration with off-island radiologic groups to assist with reading more difficult injuries.
Please enjoy the beautiful spring and summer weather but be mindful of sunscreen and tick bite prevention. Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun’s UVB rays. A higher number of SPF blocks slightly more of the sun’s UVB rays, but no sunscreen can block 100 percent of the sun’s UVB rays.
Tick bite prevention
• Use a chemical repellent with DEET, permethrin, or picaridin.
• Wear light-colored protective clothing.
• Tuck pant legs into socks.
• Try your best to walk in the middle of the hiking trails.
• Check yourself, your children, and your pets daily for ticks and carefully remove any ticks.
Have a great summer season!