Glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces have become part of the Halloween experience. These toys are cheap, portable, and emit a colorful glow making them perfect to increase visibility of children while trick or treating.
A glow stick consists of a small, fragile plastic or glass vial containing a chemical activator housed inside a larger plastic vial containing the dye solution. When the inactivated glow stick is bent, the glass vial breaks allowing the previously separated chemicals to mix. The resulting chemical reaction causes a non-heat generating light emission. While these chemicals are not very poisonous, the chemicals can irritate the skin and eyes. If swallowed, the chemicals can cause a burning feeling.
If a child inadvertently breaks or chews through a glow stick or there are other questions regarding potential poisoning, call the Minnesota Poison Control System at 1-800-222-1222 for treatment recommendations. Information about the Minnesota Poison Control System can be found at www.mnpoison.org.
The Minnesota Poison Control System is a cooperative effort between the Minnesota Department of Health and Hennepin Regional Poison Center. Hennepin Regional Poison Center is designated by the Minnesota Department of Health to provide poison information and consultative services to the entire State of Minnesota.
Community Health Open House to review HCMC’s Health Services Plan and Community Needs Assessment
How does Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) address the health care needs of its community? The results of a new community health needs assessment and information about the programs and partnerships created to address those needs will be available for review at a Community Health Open House on Tuesday, October 22 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Whittier Clinic, 2810 Nicollet Ave. in Minneapolis.
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Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) – a statewide leader in providing care to critically ill and injured pediatric patients – opens a brand new, 9-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) on Thursday, October 10. Continue reading
No one likes to bring their child to the clinic for shots, but seeing a child suffer from a preventable illness is something no parent wants to experience, either.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently recommended that children age 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine as soon as possible.
“Earlier is always better to be safe,” explains pediatrician Dr. Stacene Maroushek. “We never know when we will see our flu season start. Some flu seasons start in November or early December, and others don’t peak until March.”
When outbreaks occur earlier (in November or December) and not as many people have been vaccinated, flu can spread like wildfire. That’s why pediatricians like Dr. Maroushek endorse annual flu immunizations for children — and adults.
“Especially hospital staff, school teachers and daycare providers. They should get vaccinated as soon as possible to help reduce the spread of flu.”
Symptoms of influenza include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches and fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year for flu-related complications.
To schedule a flu shot for you or your child, please call 612.873.6963.
Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), Minnesota’s first Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, is excited to be at the great Minnesota get-together on the following dates this year:
Friday, August 23 - staff from HCMC’s Adult and Pediatric Burn Center will participate in the Governor’s Annual Fire Prevention Day in Carousel Park from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Burn care professionals will be on hand to offer injury prevention tips , answer questions about burn care, and give away prizes.
Sunday, August 25 - Dr. David Hilden, host of the Healthy Matters radio program heard every Sunday morning at 7:30 AM on WCCO Radio, will be answering questions from the audience live at the fair. Join Dr. Hilden and co-host Denny Long from 7:30-8:30 a.m. at the WCCO booth located on Carnes Ave. between Nelson and Underwood Streets.
Sunday, September 1 - Healthy Matters with Dr. David Hilden will be at the WCCO Radio booth again for a live broadcast! Meet Bernie the Rescue Dog and staff from HCMC’s Level I Pediatric Trauma Center from 7-9 a.m. Prizes will be given away to the first 100 visitors to the WCCO Radio booth beginning at 7 a.m. From 7:30-8:30 a.m. please join our live audience where Dr. Hilden will answer your health-related questions. The WCCO Radio booth is located on Carnes Ave. between Nelson and Underwood Streets.
Daily at the Fair – Make a difference every time you turn off your cell phone before getting behind the wheel. Take the “I Just Wish” pledge and be eligible to win a gas card. Sign up at the KSTC-45 tent on Carnes Ave.
Mosaic and kiosk unveiled at HCMC August 22
What: “Wall of Heroes” unveiling at Hennepin County Medical Center When: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 4-7 p.m.
Where: 2nd Floor, HCMC’s Red Building, 717 S. 7th St. entrance
On Thursday, August 22, from 4-7 p.m. Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) unveils its “Wall of Heroes” to honor those who have given a part of themselves so that someone else could live a healthier life – or in many cases, simply live. The display consists of a specially designed mosaic created for HCMC, along with an interactive kiosk containing names, photographs, and stories of HCMC organ, tissue and eye donors submitted by both donors and their families. The kiosk will also contain informational articles about the importance of organ donation, a direct link to sign up as an organ donor, and an opportunity to support the Wall of Heroes.
The mosaic artwork was funded by the Hennepin Health Foundation and created by local artist Michael J. Sweere, whose inspiration came from the themes of “transformation” and “new life.” A special focus group of family members and former patients who have been touched by organ donation suggested the themes, which are represented in the artwork by a garden with insects, birds and flowers. Continue reading
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Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) has successfully achieved re-verification by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as a Level I Adult Trauma Center and a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center. HCMC was the first hospital in Minnesota to achieve this status, and in 2014 it will mark its 25th year as a Level I Trauma Center.
Dr. Arthur Ney
“HCMC’s dual verification ensures that we are able to provide the highest level of trauma care to patients of all ages, and allows us to keep families together,” explains Dr. Arthur Ney, Trauma Medical Director of HCMC’s Trauma Services.
“It takes a complex, professional team from the entire institution to ensure that every detail is addressed for each trauma patient. The site survey by the American College of Surgeons is an intense process and we appreciate the efforts from everyone at HCMC in meeting the requirements. It’s always an honor to achieve re-verification.”
“HCMC has a long history of providing quality care to critically ill and injured children,” says Dr. Donavon Hess, Pediatric Trauma Medical Director of HCMC’s Pediatric Trauma Services. “The ACS pediatric reviewer was impressed with the high degree of injury acuity of our pediatric trauma patients, the coordinated care provided by all the specialty trauma services, and the exceptional outcomes of our patients.”
To be verified by the American College of Surgeons as a Level I Trauma Center, an institution is measured against national guidelines and standards of care that ensure that trauma centers provide an organized and systemic approach to the care of the injured patient. Essential elements include highly trained personnel, state-of-the-art facilities, and ongoing performance improvement activities.
“HCMC has a well-established culture of providing pediatric trauma care that is evident from the moment the child enters our doors until the time of discharge and follow-up care,” Dr. Hess continues. “My partners and I are happy to be providing comprehensive pediatric surgical services, including trauma, neonatal, acute care and elective surgery at HCMC.”
Hennepin County Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center and public teaching hospital with the largest emergency department in the state. In addition to the 462-bed acute care hospital and primary care and specialty clinics located in downtown Minneapolis, Hennepin offers primary care clinics in Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County.