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 »

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 »

Rotator Cuff Tears Are Topic of Info Session with Kenneth Brislin, MD, at Center for Orthopedic Medicine-Tilghman

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More than 2 million people are diagnosed annually with rotator cuff tears. If you are among those suffering pain from this common shoulder injury, join us Wednesday, Oct. 22, to learn about the various treatment options Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN)’s orthopedic and rehabilitation teams offer.

From 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, orthopedic surgeon Kenneth Brislin, MD, with OAA Orthopaedic Specialists, will discuss causes of rotator cuff tears and ways to repair them.

It’s the second installment of a new monthly series of Orthopedic Info Nights at Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Center for Orthopedic Medicine-Tilghman.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and tour the region’s only dedicated orthopedic facility at 4815 Tilghman St., Allentown.

Don’t let the pain from a torn rotator cuff stop you from doing the things you love. Join us at this free information event. Call 610-402-CARE to RSVP.

November’s session will discuss knee arthritis. 

Breast Cancer Awareness, Events for Children Set for Saturday at Lehigh Valley Mall

Kidsville News Fun Festival 2014If you’re planning to start your holiday shopping ritual at the Lehigh Valley Mall, this Saturday, Oct. 18, might be an ideal time to do so. The popular shopping destination will host a pair of health-related promotions, both courtesy of Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).

The first event Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. is all about children. Representatives from Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Kidsville News – a fun, family-focused newspaper for school-aged children – will provide free activities and entertainment for kids of all ages. Read More »