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  • Skeeter Meter; Take Precautions Outdoors

    Although, the overall disease risk for Tinker Air Force Base is currently low, it’s always a good idea to follow mosquito and tick precautions when outdoors. More than a nuisance, mosquito species local to the area can potentially carry diseases such as Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue Fever, and the West Nile Virus. Since April 2021, Public Health has captured Aedes Epactius, Psorophora Ciliata, Psorophora Columbiae, Psorophora Horrida, and Anopholese puncitpennis mosquito species during routine surveillance in various areas of the installation. All were submitted for analysis and all tested negative for disease.
  • USAF/USSF Surgeon General visits Tinker

    Lt. Gen. Robert I. Miller, surgeon general of the U.S. Air Force and Space Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Dawn Kolczynski, Medical Enlisted Force and Enlisted Corps chief, visited Tinker Air Force Base, August 5, 2021. The visit to Tinker is part of Miller’s immersion tour after becoming Surgeon General June 4. Miller and Kolczynski were guided through the different clinics of 72nd Medical Group, briefed by Airmen on the workings of each section and how they have enhanced their processes in spite of COVID-19.
  • Q-Anywhere allows 72nd MDG patients to activate new prescriptions via text

    The 72nd Medical Group has a new option for getting prescriptions filled at its pharmacy. Dubbed Q-Anywhere, the text-based system allows patients to activate new prescriptions by sending a text. “By not having to commute and wait in the clinic or be placed on hold when attempting to activate the medication via phone, it gives patients the opportunity to use their time elsewhere,” said Capt. Brittney Walker, 72nd Medical Support Squadron chief of clinical pharmacy services. Patients who want to use the system simply have to text the phrase “get in line” to 1-877-460-2335. Prompts will walk the patient through activating the prescription.
  • Food Safety Tips for 4th of July

    Did you know, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, more than 150 million hot dogs are consumed during the 4th of July Holiday? Amazing fact, right? However, there is a down side. Along with the awesome fireworks, patriotic parades and events, it is expected that approximately 48 million Americans will become sick from foodborne illness, approximately 128,000 will be hospitalized, and 3,000 will die all due to foodborne diseases? Your Tinker Air Force Base Public Health office would like to share some food safety tips that can help prevent you, your friends and your loved ones from becoming statistics.
  • 72nd MDG physician assistant delivers CPR at home

    The skills and quick actions of a physician assistant assigned to the 72nd Operational Medical Readiness Squadron potentially saved a life on Sept. 30, 2020. First Lt. Aaron O’Meara and his girlfriend, Erica Arellano, who had just received a food delivery in the lobby of their apartment, discovered an unconscious man struggling to breathe in the elevator. O’Meara determined the man was unresponsive and proceeded to drag him out of the elevator so that he could safely assess him. At the same time, Arellano called 911. “I realized he wasn’t breathing,” O’Meara said. “He just had some agonal gasps, meaning he was sort of making the effort to breathe but not getting a full breath.” Unable to find a pulse, O’Meara began CPR compressions while instructing the apartment’s security guard to go find an automatic external defibrillator.
  • First Tinker personnel receive COVID-19 vaccine

    The 72nd Medical Group began delivering COVID-19 vaccinations Jan. 4. The first three were given to two Tinker AFB first responders and a health care professional.
  • 72nd MDG COVID-19 clinic receives upgrades

    With the onset of coronavirus in March, the 72nd Medical Group clinic operations were significantly diminished in order to protect both its patients and staff, now as much as possible, operations are returning to normal. The response to the pandemic has progressed and what initially began as a pop-up tent clinic for COVID-19 patients has now evolved into three hardened structures, providing increased capabilities. The new clinic area is now located on the south end of the Medical Group parking lot, next to the Hill Conference Center. The Respiratory Clinic will feature new signage to direct vehicles in the proper direction, to streamline the process and make treatment more patient centered. “Once a vehicle enters, one of our teams will tend to the vehicle,” Capt. Audrick Yee, nurse practitioner said. “We’ll triage the individuals and keep them separate from the main clinic. Based off their screening results, they will be escorted to the appropriate area.” Yee is one of nearly 40 providers in the 72nd MDG, and is part of a rotational team servicing the Respiratory Clinic. In order to offer the best and safest care, the clinic will operate Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Providers will rotate as well, Yee said, so there will be lower rates of possible exposure.
  • AFSC Commander visits 72nd MDG

    Lt. Gen. Gene Kirkland, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, center, and Chief Master Sgt. David Flosi, AFSC command chief, visited the 72nd Medical Group's (MDG) clinic at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, Aug. 5, 2020. The visit allowed Kirkland and Flosi to gain a better understanding of how the 72nd MDG has protected the health and safety of the Tinker workforce while balancing the mission during the COVID pandemic.
  • Tinker expands precautions to combat COVID-19

    With the occurrence of Tinker Air Force Base’s first cases of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, Tinker’s leadership has continued to implement expanded precautions to keep Airmen safe while also ensuring the installation’s ability to meet mission requirements.
  • Q-flow expected to cut 72nd MEDGRP wait times

    The 72nd Medical Group is introducing a new pharmacy services kiosk system known as “Q-Flow” for patients and beneficiaries who need to pick up prescriptions at Tinker Air Force Base.
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