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 »

Don’t Ignore Calf Pain. It Could Indicate Peripheral Artery Disease.

Pain while walking is a warning signPain is a warning signal. It means something is wrong in your body. It’s not a normal part of aging. If you experience pain while walking, and relief when you rest, it may be a sign you have a blocked artery that’s limiting blood flow through your lower extremities.

When you have a blocked artery that occurs outside your heart, it’s called peripheral artery disease (PAD). A blocked artery can happen anywhere in your body. People with PAD have a higher risk for heart attack and stroke. When PAD occurs in your legs, you may feel muscle tiredness or discomfort as your first warning sign.

“A patient who limps, has a burning sensation or pain in the calf, thigh or buttocks with walking, may be showing signs of claudication,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network vascular surgeon Bengt Ivarsson, MD, with Peripheral Vascular Surgeons of LVPG. Claudication also has been called “window shopper syndrome” because it causes people to stop frequently due to leg discomfort.

“If you have risk factors for PAD and show signs of claudication, you need to be monitored by a physician and may require medication or surgery,” Ivarsson says. “If left undiagnosed or untreated, claudication often progresses and can lead to amputation.” Read More »

LVHN’s Hospitals in Allentown and Bethlehem Again Ace Leapfrog Safety Ratings

Is your hospital safe? Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg rank among the safest in the country, according to The Leapfrog Group.

Each received an A grade on its Hospital Safety Score for fall 2014. These two health network hospitals have earned straight A’s since the first Safety Score was published in 2012.

The ratings reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. They are designed to give the public information that is useful for choosing a hospital for care. Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton earned a C in this report.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. Hospital scores can be viewed and compared by visiting The Hospital Safety Score website, which also gives safety tips for patients and their families.

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World Stroke Day Reminds You to Act F.A.S.T. at Signs of Stroke

When stroke strikes, don’t waste any time getting help. That’s the key message the American Heart Association wants you to learn on World Stroke Day.

Use the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember the signs and what to do when someone’s having a stroke:

Face drooping
Arm weakness
Speech difficulty
Time call 911

The reason to call 911 is so assessment and treatment can begin as soon as the ambulance crew arrives. Don’t drive yourself or your loved one to the hospital, because it can delay the start of medical attention. Read More »

Trick-or-Treat Tips: Protect Children With Food Allergies and Prevent Cavities

Later this week, children will don their costumes and candy bags for some trick-or-treat fun. And surely they’ll want to devour the Halloween candy they collect in the days (or hours) that follow.

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) doctors encourage kids to enjoy their treats safely this holiday season. Two of them shared some helpful tips in the news media today.

Alvaro Reymunde, MD, an LVHN pediatrician in the Hazleton area, spoke to The Standard Speaker for an article about how to make trick-or-treating safe for children with food allergiesJacquline Owens, DMD, was featured on WFMZ-TV this morning about keeping healthy teeth while still enjoying sweets. Read More »

From Field Trip to Recovery: Learn How Local Teacher Became Pain-Free in the New Healthy You Magazine

Healthy You Nov-Dec 2014It’s a field trip Sue Connolly will never forget. The Emmaus teacher and her sons – members of a local Lego robotics league – got to try out the da Vinci® Robotic Si HD Surgical System used by surgeons at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN). Shortly thereafter, she chose to have robotic surgery. Once limited by pain, now she’s pain-free.

Connolly’s is one of the many compelling stories you’ll find in the November-December issue of Healthy You Magazine. The latest edition of LVHN’s bimonthly wellness magazine includes 24 pages of helpful tips and information. Inside you’ll also read the stories of:

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