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Previous Health and Welfare Alerts

Ohio Administrative Code 5123-17-02 requires all developmental disabilities employees to review Health and Welfare Alerts released by DODD as part of annual training. 

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Preventing Flu and Pneumonia - November 2018

Ohioans with developmental disabilities may be at high risk for the flu due to chronic lung conditions like asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. Risk of aspiration may be increased due to difficulty swallowing, gastro esophageal reflux disease, seizure disorder, tube feeding, cerebral palsy, and suppressed or absent cough or sneeze reflex.

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Unscheduled Hospitalizations - September 2018

As thousands of Ohioans with developmental disabilities visit the hospital every year, direct support professionals need to communicate a person’s important medical information during an emergency and understand discharge orders.

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Seizure Management - July 2018

Of nearly three million Americans with epilepsy, seizures affect one in three people with developmental disabilities.

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Summer Safety - May 2018

Good preparation is key to summer safety for people with developmental disabilities, so they can avoid health risks, such as dehydration, sunburn, and water-related accidents.

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Preventing Choking - April 2018

This health and welfare alert includes the signs of choking, what to do if someone is choking, and causes the causes and contributing factors of choking.

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Signs of Abuse - February 2018

Direct support providers are often trusted supports for the people they provide services to and often are the first to recognize signs that abuse has occurred.

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Dental Care - December 2017

In general, people with developmental disabilities struggle to maintain good oral health and hygiene. According to a 2014 study by the American Dental Association, people with developmental disabilities have a high prevalence of cavities, gum disease, and tooth loss.

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Evaluating Emergencies - September 2017

Quick, decisive action is necessary to ensure health and welfare during a medical emergency. It is critical to seek immediate medical attention if a person with developmental disabilities is experiencing a significant change in their medical condition.

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Misappropriation - August 2017

Learn about the red flags of misappropriation and prevention tips.

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Transitions of Care - July 2017

Transitions of care can pose a significant risk to a person’s health and safety if planning and communication are not effective. It is critical for providers, county boards, and families to understand the importance of completing thorough transitions and ensure a person’s needed supports are addressed.

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Preventing Falls - June 2017

Having a developmental disability might put a person at greater risk for falling if they have a vision impairment, muscle weakness, gait and balance difficulties, use multiple medications for multiple diagnoses or medications with sedative effects, or have a sedentary lifestyle.

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Summer Safety - June 2017

Staying healthy to enjoy the season means avoiding summertime health risks such as dehydration, sunburn, heat-related illness, and food poisoning.

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Preventing Choking - April 2017

Know the signs of choking, first aid, and causes and contributing factors of choking.

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Preventing Suffocation - April 2017

Suffocation, also known as asphyxiation, is the condition of being deprived of oxygen by having breathing stopped.

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Medication Administration - March 2017

This alert highlights the importance of safe and effective medication administration practices in order to prevent outcomes resulting in risks to health and welfare.

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Preventing and Reporting Abuse - February 2017

Often, people with developmental disabilities rely on caregivers for physical assistance, have difficulty communicating, or may access services in an area in which oversight is limited. Those are all factors which contribute to a higher risk for physical and sexual abuse faced by people with developmental disabilities than in the general population.

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Winter Weather - January 2017

When winter temperatures drop significantly, staying warm and safe can be a real challenge.

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