Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
Healthcare professional are trained to assess the medical needs of victims of sexual assault or trauma. The Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center HEARTS program aims to train healthcare professional to also comfort victims.
The BI-SLR HEARTS (Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress) program presented a workshop designed to help healthcare professionals better communicate with trauma victims. The program’s director, Dr. Jacob Ham, said the federally funded program strives to improve care for children and families who have suffered the effects of sexual and physical traumatic stress.
Saturday, November 16th, 2013
The storm surge and winds from Superstorm Sandy last year caused the evacuation of more than 13,000 patients from hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities in New York.
Though none of those evacuated were harmed during the storm, state officials decided to build a new system to keep track of patients. E-Finds, which was introduced over the summer, uses bracelets with scannable barcodes to account for patients.
State officials, who are testing the device in healthcare facilities, showed how the system worked Friday during a drill at Bellevue Hospital, one of six New York City hospitals evacuated during Sandy.
Bellevue Hospital staff members who worked during last year’s storm volunteered for the drill. They recalled taking quick, but methodical steps to get hundreds of patients out of the complex as millions of gallons of water flooded the hospital basement.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
When he came home from the war in Iraq 10 years ago, Jason Sagebiel, a scout-sniper and sergeant in the U.S. Marines, knew something wasn’t right. He was losing weight rapidly, getting lightheaded after going up only a few steps, and without knowing it, was slurring his speech.
It took many tests — and even a diagnosis of parasites that he treated with medication to help him gain his weight back – to find that he had bleeding in his brain stem.
“Looking back, we finally made the connection,” Sagebiel said. “What we know about brain injuries now is they usually don’t happen from one occurrence, they usually happen from multiple occurrences.”
Saturday, November 9th, 2013
Child obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Nearly one out of every five children in the U.S. is obese.
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, announced that its pilot program used to promote healthy living would be made available for nationwide use. The EatPlayGrow curriculum, which has been used in New York homes and Headstart programs since 2009, is filled with activities to get children burning calories and learning about the benefits of healthy eating.