Health Services at Lake Forest
Health Services strives to promote, maintain and restore the optimum level of health to prevent illness and alleviate disability so students can pursue their studies at Lake Forest College to the best of their abilities.
All full-time students – new, transfer, resident, and commuter – are required to complete a Health History Report and to include an immunization record. These forms must be returned to Health Services by January 16, 2016. If forms are not postmarked by January 16, students will be subject to a late fee of $100. Students not in compliance with the immunization requirements during their first term of attendance are restricted from registering for subsequent terms until compliance is obtained.
Emotional and physical needs of the students are met in a way that is both corrective and educational. Persons significant to the student, as well as cultural and economic factors, are recognized as affecting healthcare needs. Whenever possible, teaching-learning principles are used to assist the student in providing the highest level of self-care.
Health Services are provided to all full-time and part-time students. To obtain a full list of services please click here.
Cold Weather Dangers
As the Lake Forest area continues to experience frigid air with wind chill readings of -10 to -25 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 to -31 degrees Celsius) it is important that all of us are mindful of the dangers imposed on our bodies by these temperatures. A condition called frostbite occurs when skin and other tissues are exposed to very cold temperatures. Frostbite causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas. It most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Unfortunately, frostbite can permanently damage the body and severe cases can lead to amputation.
The signs and symptoms of frostbite include:
- Pain or prickling progressing to numbness
- Pale, white, or grayish-yellow skin appearance
- Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy
- You may be unaware of frostbite until someone else points it out because the frozen tissues are numb
At the first signs of redness or pain, get out of the cold or protect any exposed skin. Frostbite may be developing.
If you detect symptoms of frostbite, seek medical care:
- Health Clinic in Buchanan Hall – Monday to Friday: 8:30 – 12:00; 1:00 - 5:00
- CVS Minute Clinic in town
- Call Public Safety at 847 735-5050 after hours for transportation to the emergency room
Warming treatment must begin as soon as possible. While you are waiting for care the heat of an armpit can be used to warm fingers. Do not rub or massage the frostbitten area as that can cause further damage. If you are waiting for transportation, immerse the affected area in warm – not hot – water. Do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as that increases the damage.
The best way to prevent frostbite is to protect your skin and stay inside during the extreme cold! When you must be outside, please dress warmly. For those who like to run or walk for exercise, please consider doing so inside the Sports and Recreation Center.
If you must go outdoors during below freezing temperatures and the wind-chill is below zero, dress properly for the weather.
- Wear several layers of lightweight clothing. The air between the layers of clothing acts as insulation to keep you warmer.
- Cover your head. You lose as much as 50 percent of your body heat through your head.
- Wear mittens rather than fingered gloves. The contact of your fingers keeps your hands warmer.
- Wear warm leg coverings and heavy socks or two pairs of lightweight socks.
- Cover your ears and the lower part of your face. The ears, nose, chin and forehead are most susceptible to frostbite.
- Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect the lungs from directly inhaling extremely cold air.
It is also important to educate you about hypothermia (low body temperature). When exposed to cold temperatures, your body begins to lose heat faster than it can be produced. Low body temperature may make you unable to think clearly or move well. You may not know that you have hypothermia.
Warning signs of hypothermia:
- Shivering, exhaustion
- Confusion, fumbling hands
- Memory loss, slurred speech
- Weak pulse
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Coma or death-like appearance, if the body temperature drops to or below 86 degrees F.
This is a medical emergency! If you notice a friend or fellow student with these signs call Public Safety immediately at 847-735-5050.
Drinking alcohol and being outside in these frigid temperatures is especially dangerous.
Facilities Management staff are available if any heating or other building issues arise.
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