The following is the annual report of the Piscataquis County Nursing Service rendered for the period of January 1, 1942 to December 31, 1942, for the town of Dover-Foxcroft.
Emphasis has been placed on the health of the child of school age and Tuberculosis prevention.
Assistance of the nurse was given Dr. Noel in making annual health examination:
|Number of pupils inspected||776|
|” ” “||with defective vision||22|
|” ” “||with defective hearing|
|” ” “||with defective teeth|
|” ” “||with defective throat||213|
|” ” “||with defective glands||102|
|” ” “||cardiac defects||18|
|” ” “||defective speech||3|
|” ” “||defective skin condition||20|
|” ” “||inspected for skin eruption||300|
|” ” “||showing malnutrition||26|
|Number of pupils showing interest in athletic activities receiving|
|examination at the Academy||32|
|Number students with activity restricted||4|
The students at the Academy are receiving a more thorough examination of the heart and lungs. Each teacher is present as his or her pupils are examined in order that he or she might be told about any corrective measures which should be used.
|Number vaccinated against smallpox||322|
|Number receiving typhoid inoculations||643|
|Number given tuberculin tests||11|
|An X-Ray clinic was held in September||11|
|Number X-Rayed at Dover-Foxcroft||31|
|Number X-Rayed at Fairfield||3|
|Number X-Rayed at Newport clinic||3|
Transportation was furnished to Fairfield and Newport by the Nurse.
To interest the citizens in knowing more about preventing tuberculosis the Early Diagnosis Campaign was emphasized in April. Posters and pamphlets were made available to all individuals arid organizations. A new film “A Cloud in the Sky” was shown at the Academy. Dr. Noel gave a very interesting talk on the Early Diagnosis Campaign with emphasis on high school age. He also showed a number of X-Ray films from the viewing box and explained how the lung looks when there is evidence of active tuberculosis.
The nurse has made 46 visits of investigation to homes or in follow-up of school children.
Meetings attended 10; Office Interviews 18; School children taken for refraction of vision, 3; School children taken to doctor’s office, 3.
Mental Hygiene clinic, numbering attending was 3. Transportation was furnished by the nurse.
Assistance is given to the Crippled Children’s program in providing a place in the office for the Exercise Clinic in follow-up of these patients and in urging attendance at Clinic. Thirteen crippled children have received visits.
One day was spent at the Piscataquis Valley Fair.
Sixteen submitted to tonsil and adenoid operations. This clinic was sponsored by the Percolator Club. The Club also purchased several pairs of glasses for needy children. This Club makes a real contribution to the school health program.
It is hoped some provision can be made for a much needed dental clinic.
Appreciation is extended to all who have helped to make this Service possible.
NELLIE R. GIBBONS, B. N.
Piscataquis County Nursing Service,
By: NELLIE R. GIBBONS, R. N.,
Public Health Nurse.