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 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 »

Kelci Tkach, PA-C, Wants to Inspire Patients – VIDEO

Kelci Tkach, PA-C, found herself in and out of the hospital as a teenager. She was in the care of a passionate physician assistant who restored her to health.

Now, as a certified physician assistant in family medicine with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Tkach is able to follow in her footsteps and give the same care to others that she received. Her favorite part of being a physician assistant is having the time to sit down and get to know her patients.

“At the beginning of the day, my goal is to inspire someone and make a difference in their life,” she says.

She sees patients at 241 Claremont Ave. in Hometown.

Get to know her with this video.

First-Time Grandparents, Get Pointers About Caring for Grandchildren During Workshop

grandparent feeding babyBabies haven’t changed much over the years, but raising children today is very different from generations ago.

There are new guidelines, laws and approaches about sleeping, cribs, car seats, feeding and discipline, to name a few.

If your first grandchild is on the way, we can help you prepare for your journey as a grandparent in this new world. Soon-to-be parents and grandparents are encouraged to attend a two-hour workshop next week that will help you make caring for your grandkids safe, fulfulling and memorable.

The workshop is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the John and Dorothy Morgan Cancer Center, 1240 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., in conference room A.

The cost is $10 per couple. To register, call 610-402-CARE.

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One Diet Doesn’t Fit All for Heart Patients

One Diet Doesn't Fit AllGood nutrition is important for everyone, and it’s of vital importance if you’ve been diagnosed with heart problems or have risk factors for heart disease. Eating a low-fat diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables is standard nutritional advice. Yet opinions differ over the role salt, cholesterol and vitamin K should play in your diet depending on your diagnosis and medication regimen.

If you’ve had open heart surgery, bypass surgery or have been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, you’ll need to pay attention to your cholesterol, salt and sugar intake. Limiting the amount of saturated fat in your diet is important too. Nutritional recommendations often change and can be confusing.

“So if you’ve had surgery, be sure to ask for a consult with a dietitian and get answers to your questions before you leave the hospital,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) heart-and-lung surgeon Sanjay Mehta, MD, with Lehigh Valley Heart and Lung Surgeons. “The American Heart Association website also offers good education and is a well-trusted site.”

Watching your diet now and exercising daily can help prevent problems down the road. It also can improve your health if you’ve already been diagnosed with problems. Read More »