Carbon monoxide poisoning risk increases as temperature decreases

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Carbon monoxide – odorless, colorless, and tasteless – is a deadly hazard all year round but it becomes a particular threat during cold weather because space heaters, furnaces, and stoves are used more often. The Minnesota Poison Control System is reminding all Minnesotans that the risk of dangerous exposures to carbon monoxide may increase in the upcoming months but these exposures can be prevented.

All fuel-burning equipment and appliances create the risk for carbon monoxide, including water heaters, gas furnaces, wood and gas fireplaces, generators, and automobile engines. At its mildest, carbon monoxide poisoning can feel a little like the flu – causing headaches, dizziness, exhaustion, confusion, fainting, and vomiting. Continue reading

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Newborns at HCMC get a new ride

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) recently welcomed a special delivery of 60 brand new bassinets for its newest patients. HCMC is the first hospital in the Twin Cities to carry the Nära Bassinet made by Stryker (“Nära” means “near” in Swedish), with features that are designed to keep moms and babies as close as possible.

The hospital’s 10-15 year old bassinets were replaced thanks to a grant from Hennepin Health Foundation to encourage a safe, close postpartum bonding experience between moms and newborns.

“The height of the bassinet can be adjusted, and it has safety and storage features that make this a great choice for our patients,” explains Noah Pardo, RN, nurse manager of NICU/PICU/Pediatrics at HCMC. “Moms are really appreciating the ergonomic properties and simple design.”

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Thelma Lee and Ziya

New moms like Thelma Lee agree.

“They are so nice,” she commented when baby Ziya was the first newborn to check out the new bassinet.

Its soft-edge tilting basket that’s secured to the base of the bassinet provides access and visibility to the infant for not only mom – but caregivers as well. The convenient storage drawers beneath the basket stay in place when turning. The steer-locking, soft-wheel casters keep baby rolling smoothly and quietly.

“Mom’s arms are the most comforting, secure place for our newborns, and these bassinets are the safest way to get them there. We’re so pleased to offer the latest technology for who no one can disagree — are our cutest patients,” said Pardo.

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HCMC receives Prevention Care Recognition Award

Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) recently received the Prevention Care Recognition Award from HealthPartners’ Partners in Quality Program. The award recognizes primary care and specialty groups for making major changes to their current processes resulting in persistent, sustainable change for preventive care screening improvement.

The award was based on the process and performance improvement work currently being done at HCMC’s East Lake Clinic through a practice facilitation grant in partnership with the Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement (ICSI) and Stratis Health. The clinic focused on the process for caring for adults and children with asthma and how they could improve interventions.

“The goal of our work was to implement changes in our processes so that patients with asthma could receive seamless care and avoid complications,” said Gao Vang, Health Care Quality Improvement Coordinator at East Lake Clinic. “This work was a comprehensive team effort and we’re so pleased to be recognized with this award.”

Vang and the East Lake clinical staff members played an instrumental part that have led to improved clinical processes and ultimately, improved patient outcomes. There is an extension of the grant that will bring these changes to HCMC’s Brooklyn Center and Golden Valley Clinics in coming months.

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Left to right: Jairo Molina, Gao Vang, Dr. Ndidiamaka N. Koka, Janeth Guerra De Patino

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Psychiatry Family Resource Center opens at HCMC

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Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) now offers a place for anyone to receive information about mental health. The new Psychiatry Family Resource Center, funded by the generosity of guests who attended Hennepin Health Foundation’s 2015 Light Up the Night benefit, opens on November 1, 2016.

Located on the hospital’s Skyway Level next to its medical library, the Psychiatry Family Resource Center offers a welcoming space that includes:

  • Psychiatry-specific literature
  • Computer stations with web portal for easy access to online information
  • A DVD viewing area
  • An art piece by artist Vara Kamin
  • A volunteer-staffed welcome desk to greet and assist visitors

“It can be challenging to support loved ones living with a mental illness, navigating a complex system and finding the help and support needed,” explains Megen Coyne, RN, MS, senior director of psychiatry at HCMC. “Having this beautiful space where families and friends can find resources, share stories, and dispel myths around mental illness helps build a strong community of support for our patients.”image

Information regarding conditions, treatment options, current topics in mental health, local resources, and services available to patients and their families can be found in the Psychiatric Family Resource Center. All of the information provided has been chosen by health care professionals to make the search for reliable and accurate information easier.

An open house is planned for the public to view the Psychiatry Resource Center on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 2 to 6 PM. For more information about the psychiatry services offered at HCMC, go to www.hcmc.org/psychiatry.

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HCMC invites public to topping out ceremony, steel plate signing

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We are beaming with pride as we celebrate the structural completion of our new clinic and specialty building this fall. Your support is critical to our growth, and you are invited to participate in two special events.

On Thursday, November 10 at 12 pm we will set in place the last and highest beam during a topping out ceremony. This construction tradition has an ancient history and is still used today to acknowledge good work and progress. You are invited to watch it happen online at www.facebook.com/hcmchealth.

Beams like the last one are vitally important to the new building’s structure, but its real strength is you. In the weeks leading up to the topping out event, staff, patients, families, and the community are invited to sign their name on a piece of the building.

From Monday, October 3-Friday, October 14, stop by the skyway between the Red and Purple Buildings between 11 am and 1 pm to leave your mark on a steel plate. We’re also taking these plates to our neighborhood clinics and other sites to give as many people as possible the opportunity to participate. The signed steel plates will be installed as artwork in the new clinic and specialty building.

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5 HCMC nurses are finalists for 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year

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Congratulations to HCMC’s five finalists for the 2016 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year Awards! They were selected from the over 600 nominees across Minnesota, including 40+ nominees from HCMC. Winners in each of the 15 total categories will be announced at the awards ceremony on October 14.

1.      Innovation and Non-Traditional Nursing: Alina S. Bailey, Clinical Care Improvement Manager

2.      Leadership: Steven Omodt, Nurse Manager, Hyperbaric Medicine

3.      Mental Health: Jodi Rogness, Staff Nurse, Partial Hospitalization

4.      Neonatal: Rosalind (Angel) Anderson, Sr. Staff Nurse, Lactation Services

5.      Staff Nurse – General Care: Carmelita Nelson, Staff Nurse, Diabetes Education

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Keeping a stick on the ice

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Dr. Daniel DiBardino
is a double board-certified physician in both adult and congenital cardiothoracic surgery – in other words, he fixes hearts and where they live – both big and small.

“Every heart is precious and I understand the enormous responsibility of caring for every inch of this important organ,” Dr. DiBardino explains, “that’s why I’m so passionate about providing the most advanced surgical care to all patients with heart disease.”

Using extensive training from some of the best centers in the U.S. including Harvard Medical School and the University of Michigan, Dr. DiBardino works with Dr. Domenico Calcaterra, the Chief of Cardiothoracic Care at HCMC, to provide cutting edge care to patients such as valve repair and replacement, coronary bypass surgery, ECMO, and cardiothoracic trauma care. He’s also currently completing advanced training at the Minneapolis Heart Institute in minimally invasive valve surgery and heart transplant surgery.
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In 2010, Dr. DiBardino practiced at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he was featured in an episode of the TV series, Boston Med. But “Dr. DiBar” (as he was called on the show) feels right at home here in the State of Hockey – both on and off the ice. That’s right, he plays the sport and has already connected with some colleagues to chase pucks.

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Ashley and Daniel DiBardino

“I’ve been playing hockey for 30 years, including in areas where it’s not as popular,” he says. “It’s great to be able to live and work in Minnesota where everyone knows the game and there are so many opportunities to skate, watch hockey and be a hockey fan.”

Dr. DiBardino and his wife, Ashley, live in the Mill District/North Loop area of Minneapolis with their Papillon-mix dog, Gizmo. When he’s not working (or skating), Dr. DiBardino enjoys lifting weights at the gym, taking Gizmo for walks, and finding new places to eat out for dinner. For more information about Dr. DiBardino, check out the recent blog written by Dr. David Hilden after Dr. DiBardino was a guest on his radio show. The post can be found at myhealthymatters.org.

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Gizmo DiBardino

 

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