Cold truths about hypothermia

111960627Every Minnesotan is familiar with piling on coats, hats, mittens and other clothing to stay protected from the elements during the winter months. Hypothermia — literally meaning “low (body) temperature” —  occurs when too much heat escapes the core of the body and cannot be replaced quickly enough. It can affect someone’s mental and physical abilities and eventually be fatal if not treated. Hypothermia sets in very slowly, so those affected often do not realize they need help or medical attention. 

No one plans to become hypothermic; car trouble, walking home from a party, or a slip and fall on the ice are just a few ways people inadvertently get over-exposed to the harsh cold.

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HCMC first in U.S. to use ResQCPR System in its Emergency Department for patients with cardiac arrest

Emergency department personnel at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) are now using the ResQCPR™ System to care for cardiac arrest patients. HCMC is the first hospital in the U.S. to use the system that relies on intrathoracic pressure regulation (IPR) therapy to improve circulation to vital organs. It’s the only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) device system approved by the FDA to improve the likelihood of survival in adults who have experienced non-traumatic sudden cardiac arrest.

“Since its approval in spring 2016 by the FDA, the ResQCPR System has been increasingly used throughout the country in the pre-hospital setting, including here in Minneapolis,” explains Johanna Moore, MD MS, an HCMC emergency physician and CPR researcher.

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Dr. Johanna Moore with the two components of the ResQPump System: the ResQPUMP® ACD-CPR Device and the ResQPOD® ITD 16

“However, use of the system had not extended to the hospital until we chose to use it this winter 2017 in the HCMC Emergency Department to improve care of our cardiac arrest patients.”

In May of 2017, Hennepin EMS and the Minneapolis Fire Department were among the first EMS operations in the United States to adopt a new medical device combination, the ResQCPR™ System from ZOLL® Medical Corporation, which was shown in a large study to improve survival to one year from out-of-hospital, non-traumatic cardiac arrest by 49% when compared to treatment with conventional CPR. (1)

The ResQCPR System provides intrathoracic pressure regulation therapy, which non-invasively improves circulation to vital organs without the use of pharmaceutical or other agents during CPR by enhancing the negative pressure, or creating a vacuum, in the chest.

The ResQCPR System is a combination of two medical devices that are used together during CPR: the ResQPUMP® ACD-CPR Device and the ResQPOD® ITD 16. The ResQPUMP is a hand-held pumping device with a suction cup that is placed on the chest during CPR to perform active compression-decompression CPR (ACD-CPR). It is the only CPR device that allows the rescuer to deliver up to 22 lb kg of lifting force during the decompression phase of CPR. The ResQPOD ITD 16 is an impedance threshold device (ITD) that prevents the influx of air through the open airway during the decompression phase of CPR to maintain the vacuum in the chest created by the ResQPUMP.

When used together, these devices create an enhanced vacuum in the chest that improves blood flow to the heart and brain during cardiac arrest.

  1. ResQCPR System Summary of Safety and Effectiveness Data approved by Food & Drug Administration 2015
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Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium kicks off during Super Bowl week

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More than 10,500 Minnesotans are living with paralysis from a spinal cord injury and 100,000 are living with disabilities from brain injury. No matter what the cause – whether it’s from a slip on the ice, a ladder fall or a car crash – these injuries are life-changing for patients and their families.

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 1:00-5:00pm the first annual Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium will showcase new and innovative research funded by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Grant Program. The Grant Program funds research to discover treatment and rehabilitation with the aim of improving function in people with spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. The Symposium takes place at the new HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, 295 Phalen Blvd. in St. Paul.

“Without a doubt, the path to hope for these courageous patients is research,” explains neurosurgeon Uzma Samadani, M.D., Ph.D., Rockswold Kaplan Endowed Chair for TBI Research at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), one of the moderators at the Symposium. “As a researcher, surgeon and clinician, it’s truly an honor to uncover interventions that will make an impact on the way we diagnose and treat these types of injuries.”

The Minnesota Brain Injury Alliance and Get Up Stand Up to Cure Paralysis worked with Minnesota legislators in July of 2015 to pass funding legislation for this program. Funding is split 50/50 between research focused on spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. To date 21 research projects have been funded and will be showcased at the symposium along with select patient testimonials. In the next two years the Grant Program will award a total of $6 million for research.

Senator John Hoffman and Representative Tony Albright, who supported the legislation, will open the symposium followed by researchers from the Mayo Clinic, Hennepin County Medical Center, University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. In addition, speakers from Prevent Biometrics and TackleBar football will address current issues surrounding concussions.

Collaborative Minnesota partnerships like the ones featured at the Minnesota Spinal Cord & Traumatic Brain Injury Research Symposium are leading the way toward critical medical discoveries. For more information go to www.mnscitbiresearch.com/

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4-Story signature artwork “piece-by-pieced” into HCMC’s Clinic & Specialty Center

ArtworkOn Wednesday, December 13, 2017 the intricate task of installing a 4-story glass artwork in Hennepin County Medical Center’s (HCMC) new Clinic & Specialty Center began – a process that may take up to three days and represents almost two years of planning. A gift from the Hennepin Health Foundation (HHF), the piece illuminates images of life, hope, healing, and a sense of belonging to a community inclusive of our patients, families, and staff. The new Clinic & Specialty Center, located just across 8th Street from HCMC’s emergency department, is near completion and scheduled to open in March, 2018.

Architectural glass artist Martin Donlin, who is known for designing major installations of this type worldwide, was selected by a special art committee made up of employees, patients, artists, and community members using a local, national and international Call for Artists. The narrative design incorporates the Minnesota iconic element of water as a symbol of life and resiliency. The 15 panels tell a story that started as a unique collaboration between Donlin and local environmental poet Laurie Allmann, who was commissioned to write the corresponding poem Mirroring the Light. Together the poem and design describe the transformation of water and life, shown through nurturing figures and wildlife ascending from a single plant to the heavens, spanning from 1st to 4th floor, all while acknowledging local hallmarks and heritage. (A video featuring the artists and their inspiration for this piece can be found here.)  Continue reading

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Sheryl A. Ramstad joins HCMC as Chief External Relations Officer

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Sheryl A. Ramstad, JD, RN, DNP was recently named Chief External Relations Officer at HCMC. Before joining HCMC Ramstad was a nursing consultant for Health Counseling Services and a burn survivor peer support representative at Regions Hospital. She began her career in law and served as an Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, Assistant United States Attorney, Hennepin County Judge, partner at Rider Bennett Law Firm, judge in Minnesota Tax Court and she served as the Minnesota Commissioner for the Department of Corrections in the administration of Governor Jesse Ventura.

“Health care is changing at a rapid pace, and our continued success depends on maximizing public support through achievements in public policy, philanthropy, awareness, and partnerships,” said HCMC CEO Dr. Jon L. Pryor. “We are excited to have Sheryl’s extensive experience, knowledge and skills to help us foster new partnerships that will benefit the mission of our comprehensive health care system. I can’t imagine a more influential and compassionate individual for this important role.”

Ramstad earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the University of Minnesota and her Juris Doctorate from the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is a member of the Women Business Leaders in Health Care Foundation and she currently serves on several advisory boards and community associations including Presbyterian Homes & Services, Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors International. She is also president-elect of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing Alumni Board.

Hennepin Healthcare System, Inc. (HHS) is a comprehensive health care system that includes HCMC, a 484-bed Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center, as well as primary care and specialty care clinics located in downtown Minneapolis and suburban Hennepin County. In 2018, HHS opens its new Clinic & Specialty Center downtown offering convenient, easy access to clinics and specialty services. For more information, go to www.hcmc.org.

 

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Did you wake up with high blood pressure on Monday? 

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Were you one of several million Americans who woke up with high blood pressure on Monday? The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association released new blood pressure guidelines on November 13, 2017.  The goal is to enhance awareness about elevated blood pressure and emphasize the importance of managing elevated blood pressure through healthy lifestyle changes and medications with the ultimate goal of reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke (cardiovascular disease). The guidelines have lowered the threshold for the diagnosis of high blood pressure (hypertension) and this change will impact the care of several million Americans.

“I like the excitement and the call-to-action raised by the guidelines,” explains HCMC cardiologist Dr. Woubeshet Ayenew, “and I give it a score of A for the educational aspect; however, I have to give it a lower grade when it comes to the practicality of properly measuring blood pressure and implementing the guidelines in daily clinical practice.” Continue reading

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NFL Alumni Teams Up With Hennepin County Medical Center to Make Memories & Support Brain Injury Research

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On Thursday, October 12, 2017 Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) welcomes Ben Utecht and Lee Nystrom, former NFL players, to announce Super Brain 2018 – a fundraising event to support the Brain Injury Research Laboratory at HCMC.

Who:     Hennepin County Medical Center, NFL Alumni

What:    Super Brain 2018 event announcement

When:   Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2pm

Where: Simulation Center, Hennepin County Medical Center, 615 South Sixth St., Mpls, MN 55415.

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