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Video: From Heart Attack to Cath Lab

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the US. During a heart attack, every minute that passes before you get treatment, decreases your chance of survival. Just because you might not be in easy driving distance of a hospital doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have a fighting chance. At WakeMed, the training is very real, in order to give you that fighting chance.

This video shows a STEMI (or heart attack) patient training field transport via WakeMed Air Mobilefrom the 9-1-1 call to the cath lab.  The WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning recently entered this video into the first annual METI awards, showcasing videos of human patient simulators in use.  Please take a moment to peruse the videos and vote for WakeMed

Amar Patel is the manager of the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning.


Ergonomics 101: Computer Comfort

Recent statistics from the National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety reveal that 11,500 U.S. workers suffer non-fatal, work-related injuries and illnesses each day. Approximately half of these incidents require time away from work, a job transfer or work restrictions.

“A lot of workplace injuries can be avoided if people take the time to plan their movements,” says Jay Goodman, PT, SCS, with WakeMed Outpatient Rehab – Alexander Family YMCA. Knowing the correct posture to assume when seated at a computer, using the correct lifting techniques and stopping to think about your movements and position several times a day can help you stay injury-free. Goodman offers computer users the following tips to avoid workplace injury.

Computer Comfort

Chair and feet - Sit in a comfortable chair with both feet on the floor.

Lumbar support – Many office chairs have built-in lumbar support. If your chair does not, simply fold a bath towel into a 12” x 12” square and place it between your lower back and your chair back.

Straight plane – Your computer screen should be eye level, and your hands should be parallel to your keyboard.

Phone – Your phone should also be located straight ahead of you so that you do not have to twist to reach it. Use a headset if you are on the phone a lot or have neck problems.

Mouse – Your mouse should be close to your dominant hand.

Laptops – Don’t use them in bed. Make sure you use them on a sturdy surface.

This article was included in the most recent edition of Reconnections, a publication for WakeMed Rehab, included all about ergonomics. 


A Freezerful of Christmas

Yesterday in the News & Observer, Felicia Gressette, who in a previous life was the food editor for the Miami Herald, wrote a story about making heat and eat meals for family as a gift. 

WakeMed Corporate and Community Health’s dietitian Stacy Kropp provides some nutritional tips for seniors in the article. 

In case you missed the article and recipes yesterday you can read it here.  I can’t think of a more heartfelt gift that will keep on giving for months.


WakeMed Dedicates Ronald McDonald Family Room

WakeMed is pleased to add a Ronald McDonald Family Room to the new WakeMed Children’s Hospital. This is a much-needed resource for families of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) patients.

With comfortable couches, a microwave, a washer/dryer, a TV and computers, the Ronald McDonald room is a private, relaxing space for family members as they endure a stressful life experience. The room with all of its amenities and volunteer staff became a reality due to the efforts of the WakeMed Foundation and contributions of $70,000 from The Volunteers at WakeMed Raleigh Campus and The Volunteers at WakeMed Cary Hospital. Significant funding for operations has also been provided by the Ronald McDonald House Charities of North Carolina.

The Family Room will be dedicated during WakeMed Foundation’s annual Love Light Tree lighting ceremony tomorrow Thursday, December 9 at 6:45 pm. Following the tree lighting, attendees will join Twinkle, WakeMed Children’s mascot, for ornament-making, holiday goodies and pictures with Santa. Plus, attendees will decorate a tree for the Children’s Hospital.


Pregnancy and Heart Palpitations

Dr. Kevin Campbell with Wake Heart & Vascular Associates discusses a common, but lesser known symptom of pregnancy, heart palpitations.


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Snoring problems? Try these solutions

Dr. Allen Marshall with Wake Specialty ENT was interviewed for a story that ran yesterday on WRAL all about snoring and snoring solutions.  Missed the story?  Watch it here.


WakeMed Files Records Requests of UNC Health Care

Yesterday WakeMed Health & Hospitals filed a public records request with UNC Health Care and its subsidiary Rex Healthcare over concern that UNC Health Care is using taxpayer money to engage in predatory business practices that do nothing to improve health care for the people of Wake County.  Instead these practices simply duplicate and shift existing services.

WakeMed continues to care for the vast majority – in excess of 80 percent – of the uninsured and medically underserved in Wake County.  WakeMed receives no state or county funding other than the limited payments for services received from government-funded Medicare and Medicaid programs. 

If UNC Health Care’s predatory actions continue, it may threaten WakeMed’s long-term strength and may impact our ability to uphold our mission of providing state-of-the-art care to this community. 

Many media articles have been posted about this request, including today’s News & Observer.


Remembering John Edgerton

John Edgerton, October 25, 1943 to November 15, 2010

Last week, many of us gathered with family and friends to give thanks for our blessings in life. We reminded those we love how much we care, and offered gratitude for our fortunes, big and small. 

At WakeMed, we give thanks to the countless employees, physicians, volunteers and friends who make our hospital the best in the region. And today, we remember an incredible employee who cared for our patients, their families, and our own WakeMed caregivers. We remember John Edgerton, director of Spiritual Care at WakeMed, and the legacy he left in the hearts of everyone he touched.  John passed away on Monday, November 15, 2010.

During his 22 years of service at WakeMed, John dedicated himself to shaping a spiritual care program that offers a complete range of pastoral care to all. His work, support and dedication to the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of people is felt at every level of care throughout our hospital – from WakeMed nurses, physicians, physical therapists and social workers to administrators, volunteers and more.

His creed was to teach those around him, and he did just that. John spent a lifetime of learning, and his enthusiasm for education helped him develop WakeMed’s Clinical Pastoral Education program. The program now provides yearlong, student residency placements throughout WakeMed, allowing pastoral students the opportunity to follow their dreams of careers in hospice, the military and hospital ministries.

Regardless of background or circumstance, John always took the time to listen, teach and offer encouraging words of inspiration to everyone he encountered. By doing so, he influenced and encouraged countless of patients and visitors, coworkers and peers to reflect on their lives.

Many of us at WakeMed knew John for the humorous and poignant stories he shared as he offered invocations at WakeMed events and ceremonies. John loved weaving his understanding of life through stories and prayer to inspire and support those around him. His sermons were often filled with lessons on healing and coping with pain, hurt, and grief. He connected his experiences with people he met through heart-felt expressions and sermons.

Friends at WakeMed fondly remember John’s resistance to e-mail and insistence on connecting face-to-face to carry out his work. He helped us all to understand the value of listening with an open heart and open mind. As Rev. Jim McKinnon so eloquently said in his prayer at John’s funeral, “Teaching us the value of attentive human interaction, the importance of really listening, the lessons of life to be found in common experiences … how to find profound truth in ordinary moments and events … he taught us so many things about our human condition, and he opened up visions of better and more meaningful life through his insight, and the clear and concise ways that he commented on the things that he saw and heard.”

John was seen every day at WakeMed throughout the hallways, exercising in Healthworks or joining coworkers for lunch in Café 3000. John also served on WakeMed’s Ethics Committee, since its beginning, asking questions and delivering compassion as he heard cases and discussed difficult situations that arose in the medical treatment of patients.

John‘s leadership in spiritual care didn’t stop at WakeMed. John’s work was felt throughout our community, as he ministered and provided pastoral care to several area churches, where he was known for his gifts of preaching, reflections and leadership.

Our WakeMed family will deeply miss John.  We will always treasure the legacy he leaves behind, and will see it every day through the hundreds of lives he touched throughout his tenure at WakeMed. Our hearts go out to his family, loved ones, friends and every person who had the pleasure of enjoying his insight, sensitivity and the love he shared.

Lil Galphin is director chaplaincy services at WakeMed Raleigh Campus.


Trouble in Toyland

According to this year's Trouble in Toyland report, some Dora backpacks contain phthalates.

N.C. Public Interest Research Group recently released its annual 25th annual Trouble in Toyland  survey of unsafe toys.

Before heading out for holiday shopping, please take time to review the report and the group’s tips for toy safety.   

PIRG also has a new app for smart phones so you can have access to recalled toys and toy tips and hazards from wherever you are.