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The Military Health System (MHS) is an interconnected network of Service Members whose mission is to support the lives and families of those who support our country. Everyday in the MHS advancements are made in the lab, in the field, and here at home. These are just a few articles highlighting those accomplishments that don't always make it to the front page of local papers.

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Summer safety: Preventing firework burns

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7/3/2018
Fireworks fill the sky on July 8, 2017 at Offutt’s base lake during the annual fireworks display. Several family activities took place at the celebration including face painting, a treasure hunt and a performance from the Heartland of America Band. (U.S. Air Force photo by Zachary Hada)

If your patriotic celebration includes self-starter fireworks or hand-held sparklers, take precautions to avoid injury.

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Summer Safety

Navy clinic first MHS GENESIS site to complete accreditation

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7/3/2018
The official image of the MHS Genesis Logo

Navy clinic first MHS GENESIS site to complete accreditation

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Technology | MHS GENESIS

This HIV screening starts in the privacy of your own home

Article
7/3/2018
The Air Force offers self-collection kits that include instructions, supplies to obtain a finger-prick blood sample, and a prepaid envelope to mail the sample to a lab for HIV testing.

Air Force offers free kits to encourage more frequent testing

Operation Bobcat provides free healthcare to residents of Eastern Kentucky

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7/2/2018
Area residents line up outside Lee County High School in Beattyville, Kentucky to receive treatment at a health-care clinic being operated by the Air National Guard and U.S. Navy Reserve. The clinic is one of four that comprised Operation Bobcat, a 10-day mission to provide military medical troops with crucial training in field operations and logistics while offering no-cost health care to the residents of Eastern Kentucky. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Dale Greer)

The primary purpose of Operation Bobcat is to provide military medical troops with crucial training

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Health Readiness | Civil Military Medicine | Civil Support

DoD PSP Treasure Chest: July/August Edition

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7/1/2018
DoD Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

July/August 2018 edition of the Department of Defense Patient Safety Program Treasure Chest

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Feature: Oh, the Places You’ll Go Through Teamwork

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7/1/2018
Two uniformed Army Soldiers with the 345th Combat Support Hospital use the TeamSTEPPS communication tools to efficiently transfer patients from the emergency department to the operating room. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Tony M. Lindback/Released)

During the annual TeamSTEPPS conference, patient safety champions across the Military Health System came together to discuss how to use TeamSTEPPS during the transition of military treatment facilities to the Defense Health Agency.

Advancing High Reliable Care One Facility at a Time

Article
7/1/2018
Ms. Laura DeJohnette stands in the middle on stage as she is handed the Advancement toward High Reliability in Health Care Award on behalf of the 99th Medical Group Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) for their “Enhanced Surgical Recovery Program.”

Nominations for the Advancement toward High Reliability in Healthcare Awards Program are being accepted until Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. EDT.

Patient Safety in Action: Prescribing High Reliability in Pharmacies

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7/1/2018
Capt. William Kirby, the chief of pharmacy at Grafenwoehr Army Health Clinic, standing on the left explains to an immunization nurse, Ms. Sheila Stiegman, the importance of vaccine safety and use of administration labels.

Health care teams in U.S. Army Medical Department Activity Bavaria participate in regular tracers amongst themselves to optimize leading practices.

HRO Corner: Meet an Every Day MHS Infection Control Champion

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7/1/2018
Pfc. Logan Pickell, a licensed practical nurse on the Multi-Service Unit at Bassett Army Community Hospital, stands on the left inspecting inpatient equipment. He conducts an environmental cleaning tracer with Rebekah Lail, the infection prevention manager, who stands on the right making notes on a clipboard.

Consistent application of infection prevention measures is helping Bassett Army Community Hospital in Alaska keep infections at bay.

Life without liquor

Article
6/29/2018
There are 2.5 million alcohol-related deaths worldwide each year, according to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. (Courtesy photo)

One service member’s story of how he overcame a drinking problem

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Moving this summer? Your TRICARE options may change

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6/28/2018
Because moving is a QLE, that means you’ll have 90 days from the date of the move to change your TRICARE health plan based on your eligibility. (U.S. Army photo by Karen A. Iwamoto)

Moving may change your TRICARE health plan options

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Sports drinks: What are you really putting in your body?

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6/27/2018
Generally our bodies are comprised of approximately 60 to 70 percent water. We need water for digestion, energy and oxygen transport, and temperature regulation. Senior Airman Johanna Magner, 22nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, drinks water on the flightline in front of a KC-135 Stratotanker. With rising temperatures during the summer months people are encouraged to drink more water to stay hydrated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jenna K. Caldwell)

In general, sports drinks are typically a calculated blend of carbohydrates, electrolytes and water

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Preventive Health | Summer Safety

Defense Health Agency among FedHealthIT Innovation Awards honorees

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6/26/2018
Defense Health Agency Tricare Online Patient Portal, Solution Delivery Division members Tim Larson (foreground, far left), Stan Adamus (foreground, second from right), and Navy Capt. Lisa Morris (foreground, center) receive the FedHealthIT Innovation Award from FedHealthIT  executive editor David Blackburn (foreground, second from left). (Courtesy photo by Chris Ferenzi)

FedHealthIT Annual Innovation Awards honors leaders from across federal agencies

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Progress in preventing opioid abuse, more needs to be done

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6/26/2018
Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Pick, with the 66th Security Forces Squadron, holds a nasal applicator and naloxone medication vial at Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts. Naloxone is one of several medications designed to temporarily reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Hanscom was the first Air Force installation to issue the drug to law enforcement personnel under permission of the base commander. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

The Military Health System has a shared responsibility in addressing the nation’s opioid epidemic

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DHA director named as one of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders

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6/25/2018
Navy Vice Adm. Raquel Bono, director of the Defense Health Agency, has been recognized by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 50 most influential physician executives and leaders for this year. (MHS file photo)

DHA director named as one of 50 most influential physician executives and leaders

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