LVHN staff do a virtual reality training exercise simulating a patient suffering chest pain while at a doctor’s office.
Video games and make-believe aren’t just for kids. They also help Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) staff prepare for responding to serious medical scenarios.
A nearly $9 million grant from the Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust is funding training that uses high-tech educational tools such as virtual reality and gaming in a realistic simulation center where providers can hone their skills.
For example, providers can learn how to put on and remove protective equipment to care for a patient suspected to have an infectious disease like Ebola, respond if a patient has a heart attack and execute emergency surgery.
The four-year grant, the largest in the trust’s history, benefits LVHN’s Department of Education, and ultimately, its patients.
“True to Leonard Pool’s mission, the ultimate beneficiaries will be the citizens of the region,” Pool Trust executive director Edward Meehan told The Morning Call.Read More»
Javan and Rebecca Small hold their sleeping son, the region’s first baby born in 2015.
On one hand, you could say Noah Patrick Small made his grand entrance early. His mother’s due date was still three weeks away when he was born 12:35 a.m. Thursday at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
On the other hand, you could consider him late — Mom Rebecca Small was hoping when labor was induced Wednesday he would born on New Year’s Eve, the day of her grandparents’ wedding anniversary. Read More»
The number of people in our region who are sick with influenza tripled last week, including outbreaks among residents of local nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) infection control experts.
That’s in part because this year’s flu vaccine does not protect against the particular strain of the flu that has been circulating most prominently this winter. The virus’ genes mutate quickly, so the vaccine is not always a complete match.
“Nevertheless, we absolutely endorse getting a flu shot, because at the very least it gives you partial protection,” Terry Burger, RN, LVHN’s director of infection control and prevention, told WFMZ-TV 69News for this report. (Watch the video below.)
Hazleton-area residents don’t need to travel to get treatment for issues with their bones and joints. That’s the message board-certified orthopedic surgeon Joseph Horton, MD, shared during a recent interview with Sam Lesante, the host of a local television show that broadcasts on SSPTV.