Thursday, September 24, 2020

Parish Nurse Notes

June 2020

As I write this in the middle of May the number of cases of COVID-19 in Kansas continues to increase.

Currently, people are being encouraged to wear a mask when going out in public, especially if it’s difficult to maintain distance between other shoppers, such as at the pharmacy, grocery store or hardware store.

Homemade fabric masks, if used correctly, can be an effective complement to handwashing, social-distancing and other mitigation measures by being a barrier that limits the spread of infectious droplets in the air by containing coughs and sneezes.

Primarily, they help protect others from you in the case that you have the virus and don’t know it yet. If you do have symptoms of illness, stay home. A homemade mask cannot eliminate the risk of spreading the virus.

• Multi-layered, tightly-woven 100% cotton with a thread count of 180 or higher.
• Avoid your face (don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth) and remove the mask from behind your head. Never touch the front of the mask.
• Scrap it if it’s damaged, soiled or doesn’t fit. Make sure it’s breathable and fits snug. Don’t use it while it’s damp, wet or dirty.
• Keep the mask and your hands clean. Wash your hands before you put the mask on AND after you take it off. Wash the mask in the washing machine after each use and dry it in the dryer or on the clothesline.
A good rule of thumb is to “Treat the mask as if it always has the virus.”

Barb can be reached at 785-408-4114 (IM or voice), at, or you may leave a message with the church office or in her box in the Fellowship Hall.

The Focus of Parish Nurse Ministry is…
Promoting health and wellness
Caring for the “whole” person.
Making referrals as appropriate. (This is not a substitute for physical health care).
Bringing wholeness and healing to the faith community.
Educating, supporting and counseling all members

Some of the services a parish nurse can provide are….
Referrals to appropriate support services, support and prayer during times of crisis, grief
and celebration.
Health education and promotion. Support to members on health-related issues in
a confidential manner.
Home, hospital and nursing home visits, as needed.

Barb Keil, RN, is the Parish Nurse for OSLC.