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 »

‘Normalizing’ Life for a Child With Cancer: Our Expert Discusses Ways to Help

Philip Monteleone, MD

Philip Monteleone, MD
Pediatric hematology oncology
Watch a video to learn more about him.

Our expert: Pediatric hematologist oncologist Philip Monteleone, MD, with Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital 

Q: How can I best help my child if I learn he or she has cancer?
A: Learning your child has cancer will make you feel like your world has turned upside-down. Once you process those natural feelings, it’s important to get your family on the same page. It will be helpful as you learn about your child’s medication needs, nutritional requirements and overall treatment plan to ask questions to make sure you understand. In our practice, we have a team of doctors, nurses and social workers who will work with the family before the child goes home. Be sure to use these people as resources.

Q: After a diagnosis, how do I make my child’s life as “normal” as possible?
A: Dealing with cancer is stressful. Yet keeping life as normal as possible for your child – and the entire family – is vital. Studies show that if parents treat the child with cancer the same way they’ve  always treated all their children, the child will be emotionally stronger approaching the disease, and it will create a better recovery. Your child will pick up on the concern if you as parents act differently. Acting normally reassures your child he or she is still a regular kid. Read More »

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

Frank Sperrazza, DO

Frank Sperrazza, DO
Family medicine

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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