Ebola Readiness at Lehigh Valley Health Network: Education, Communication, Equipment, Practice

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Terry Burger, RN, demonstrated for WFMZ-TV how to put on personal protective equipment before having contact with a patient possibly infected with Ebola. Watch the video.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) colleagues are trained to respond should a case of Ebola appear in the area. They’ve already practiced protocols with a few patients who, fortunately, did not have Ebola.

LVHN has established a comprehensive network response using its incident command team structure. The response focuses on three messages, says Terry Burger, RN, director of infection control and prevention: early identification, isolation and communication.

The health network also has an ample supply of protective gear for clinicians caring for someone who might have Ebola, and those caregivers are taught how to properly put on and take off the personal protective equipment to avoid self-contamination, she says. She demonstrates how in this WFMZ-TV video report.

An emergency preparedness team of 10-15 employees across numerous departments is meeting regularly to ensure everyone is ready, she told lehighvalleylive.com for this report that published today. Read More »

LVHN Physician Offers Tips to Keep Your Exercise Routine on Track This Holiday Season

Frank Sperrazza, DO

Frank Sperrazza, DO
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Lehigh Valley Health Network family medicine physician Frank Sperrazza, DO, with Southside Family Medicine, knows the holidays are hectic.

“But making time to exercise will help you manage holiday stress better,” he says.

Here are his “doctor’s orders” for holiday fitness.

  • If you already have a routine, keep at it.“Taking a ‘short’ break from regular exercise can result in a ‘long’ break because it’s hard to start up again,” Sperrazza says. He recommends adults exercise for 30 minutes, five times a week.
  • Make your exercise routine holiday-friendly. Consider one of these five options:

o   When holiday shopping at the mall, warm up with a few laps around the concourse before you begin buying gifts.

o   Park farther away from store entrances

o   Sign up for a holiday-themed 5K and train for it

o   Bring the holiday cheer. Remember that fun activities, such as skiing, count as exercise.

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Hidden Dangers of Excess Weight

Your Scale's Scary SecretsIt’s common knowledge that extra pounds can lead to health problems. What you might not know is just how widespread and varied those problems can be.

“Many people see their doctor for complaints such as hip or knee pain and never realize weight is the underlying cause,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) general and weight-loss surgeon Richard Boorse, MD, with General Surgical Associates of LVPG. In addition to hip and knee degeneration, Boorse says there are many other not-so-obvious dangers of obesity. Read More »

Walk the Saucon Rail Trail This Saturday

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Hoping to enjoy some fresh air and colorful fall foliage this weekend? Join us for an easy 2-mile walk along Center Valley’s Saucon Rail Trail at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers.

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Free Ebola Forum Set for Tuesday at Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center

As concerns about Ebola virus disease (EVD) continue at a high level across the U.S., a free public forum focusing on facts about EVD is set for the Da Vinci Science Center on the campus of Cedar Crest College in Allentown from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The forum will feature three leading community health care authorities on infectious disease, including:

  • Terry Burger, RN, director of infection control and prevention, Lehigh Valley Health Network
  • Peter Ender, MD, infectious diseases and internal medicine, St. Luke’s University Health Network
  • Tom Grace, PhD, vice president of emergency preparedness, Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania

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LVHN Rehab Expert Offers 7 Tips to Keep Your Back Healthy While Raking Leaves

raking leaves and wheelbarrowAs fall grows colder, the trees begin shedding their leaves in earnest. That means it’s time to rake leaves, and many of us still attack the job in old-school fashion – with sweat, muscle and probably some aches and pains in the back later on.

“Raking leaves isn’t something we do very often,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physical therapist Jennifer Groff. “You’re using muscles you may not use very often otherwise. Even if you keep yourself in pretty good shape regularly, your back still could be hurting after an extended period of raking.”

Back pain is just one example of the discomforts Groff and her colleagues in LVHN rehabilitation services are likely to see. LVHN will open its 18th rehab center in the greater Lehigh Valley area on Dec. 19.  See rehabilitation locations for a complete list of locations.

If you are getting ready to rake, Groff recommends taking seven tips. Read More »