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MinuteClinic, American Heart Association collaborate for hypertension management

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark’s MinuteClinic has teamed up with the American Heart Association in a nationwide effort to improve the identification, treatment and management of high blood pressure.

According to the American Heart Association, 1-out-of-3 American adults has high blood pressure or hypertension. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to stroke, heart attack, heart failure and kidney failure.

Through this collaboration in hypertension management, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners and physician assistants will be trained in the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association guidelines on the treatment and management of high blood pressure and will refer patients who are identified to have high blood pressure to their primary care physician and to educational resources to help them understand how they can manage their condition.

MinuteClinic and the American Heart Association are accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as nursing accredited providers of educational programs and are committed to improving patient health.

"We are delighted to develop a high blood pressure continuing education course targeted specifically for nurse practitioners and physician assistants," stated Suzanne Oparil, program chair/physician expert for the AHA Education Program on Hypertension. "High blood pressure is a significant concern for a large portion of the adult population and much of it goes untreated. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants play a major role in managing hypertension in professional office settings, community settings and in convenient sites of care such as retail clinics. More and more health care is moving out into the community and this training will provide updated treatment guidelines, support the diverse educational needs of patients and assist with ongoing monitoring, which is critical for good blood-pressure management."

Beginning in August, any MinuteClinic patient with elevated blood pressure will receive a wallet-sized card with a record of their blood pressure reading for that date and will be advised to return to MinuteClinic or their primary care physician for a second reading within two weeks. The follow-up visit helps to confirm whether the patient’s blood pressure continues to be elevated, and whether a visit to a primary care provider is needed. It also provides the opportunity for education about high blood pressure and important lifestyle modifications that help maintain a healthy blood pressure.

"Knowing whether you have hypertension and how to properly manage this health condition is the first step in reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke," added Paulette Thabault, chief nurse practitioner officer at MinuteClinic. "This evidenced-based program brings another dimension to our commitment to providing high quality preventive care for our patients."


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Integrated Bagging Systems debuts Inter-Fit hybrid gloves

BY Allison Cerra

LIVINGSTON, N.J. — Integrated Bagging Systems has introduced a new kind of disposable plastic glove.

New Inter-Fit hybrid gloves are made from a special formula with a unique polymer blend that gives the gloves the extra strength, stretchability and flexibility when performing various tasks, the company said. What’s more, the gloves are free of vinyl, latex, powder and odor, making them ideal for those prone to allergic reactions. What’s more, the gloves are 100% recyclable.

"Our Inte-Fit gloves have been very successful as buyers value and appreciate that they can address their corporate ‘green’ initiatives with a cost-savings benefit; the gloves are a win-win solution for them," IBS product development manager Vinod Ghumwala said.

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Kraft Foods Foundation launches mobile pantry program with Feeding America

BY Allison Cerra

NORTHFIELD, Ill. — The charitable arm of Kraft Foods and Feeding America are rolling out 10 new mobile pantry vehicles to reach those hardest hit with food insecurity.

Kraft Foods Foundation and Feeding America said the Kraft Foods Foundation mobile pantry program is designed to specifically target outreach to African-American and Latino families disproportionately impacted by food insecurity. The program is rolling out in Columbus, Ga.; Concord, Calif.; Corpus Christi, Texas; Elmsford, N.Y.; Greely, Colo.; Houston, Texas; Milwaukee, Wis.; Newark, Del.; San Antonio, Texas; and Valdosta, Ga.

The organizations said that the first-of-its kind minority outreach mobile pantry program will deliver 9 million lbs. of fresh produce and mealtime staples to families each year, most of whom live in neighborhoods known as food deserts.

"The numbers show us that many African-American and Latino families are struggling to make ends meet and facing significant challenges to putting dinner on the table," Kraft Foods Foundation VP Nicole Robinson said. "By partnering with communities of color, we’re delivering the innovation of mobile pantries to families disproportionately impacted by hunger. Stocked with a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy and protein items, mobile pantries help close the gap for our neighbors in need."

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