Welcome to University Health Services
University Health Services provides non-emergent outpatient care to all eligible students, faculty and staff including examination and treatment for illness and minor injuries, women's health care, laboratory, x-ray, physical therapy, pharmacy services, and health education. UHS accepts all KSU employee health plans and other major carriers. Self-pay rates are available for uninsured patients.
The staff includes board certified physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed psychologists, pharmacists, physical therapists, and radiographers.
UHS strives to help you succeed at Kent State and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Please use the links to the left to navigate our site and to learn more about the services that we offer.
KSU requires documentation of MMR vaccine for all new students. Click on the Immunization Form link to the right or click here for Mandatory Immunizations requirement.
UHS EXCUSE POLICY
University Health Services (UHS) does NOT provide written absence excuses for students who miss a class, presentation, quiz, exam, or other academic responsibility. UHS strongly encourages students who are ill to contact their professors to make arrangements for any classes or deadlines which may be missed. In extenuating circumstances, students may sign a Release of Information authorizing UHS to confirm their illness for a professor or academic advisor. If you have any questions or concerns, please discuss with your clinician.
|Student to Student
By Olivia Campbell
Office of Health Promotion Intern
Health Care Administration major
By Leanna Lampkin, Intern
Are You Considering Body Art?
Tattoos and piercings have been around for centuries. Many cultures have inked and pierced their bodies as a sign of importance in the group or mainly for aesthetic purposes. Today many people get body art as a form of self-expression. Getting your first tattoo or piercing may be a rite of passage, either to capture something that is of significance to you, or because you know your parents would not approve of it. Before you just go to any tattoo or piercing parlor and sit down in a chair, there are some things that you should consider. Be picky about the studio and the artist. When you are checking out the studio, make sure you take a look at these things: is the studio an established business? Is the entire studio clean? Are the instruments and equipment properly sterilized? Does the artist always use sterile disposable needles? Does the artist always wear medical-grade latex gloves? Does the artist wear new gloves for each client? According to safepiercing.org, there are other considerations you should take, especially for piercings. For instance are there any health problems you may have that will keep you from getting a piercing? Safepiercing.org states that “piercers can politely turn someone away if the piercing poses to be dangerous, ill suited, unsuccessful, or for which they are not trained.” As stated by safepiercing.org, there are some health considerations that may need a second opinion from a physician, such as:
* An obvious skin or tissue abnormality that may include but is not limited to rashes, lumps, bumps, scars, lesions, moles, freckles, and/or abrasions
* The client requests you pierce irregular or surgically-altered tissue, or the client is unsuited due to occupational, recreational, or environmental factors
* Piercings considered, by the piercer, to have little or no chance of healing
* The client has impending plans to become pregnant and wishes to get a nipple, navel, or other piercing
* It is also advisable to refrain from piercing during pregnancy to allow the body to focus on the important, complex, and demanding task that it is handling already.
As stated by msu.edu, your over-all mental and physical health should be taken into consideration if you decide to get a tattoo. You have to make sure you are 100% healthy before you go for a tattoo. You will have a better experience if you do not come in with a headache, the flu or even if you are on medication. As stated on the csulb.edu website it is not a good idea to consume alcohol beforehand, “because not only do you become dehydrated, it will also cause you to bleed more and consequently have a negative effect on your new tattoo.”
After you have determined the type of body art you want and go to the right artist in a clean environment, there are aftercare instructions. According to safepiercing.org and The Milwaukee Health Department’s website, it is very important that you wash your hands before you proceed to handle a piercing or tattoo. Clean the area with a mild, fragrance-free liquid soap. Also avoid going in hot tubs, taking baths or going swimming until the tattoo or piercing is completely healed. For more information on tips for great tattooing and piercing experience, what to look for in the shops, what the procedure is like and things to avoid, you can go to www.safepiercing.org/piercing and www.milwaukee.gov/bodyart . For whatever reason you decide to do body art it is up to you to protect your health. It is always best to do the research to ensure that you will have an overall great and safe experience.