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Emory and Ebola – FAQ’s

Emory Healthcare New BrandEmory Healthcare has been given the privilege of treating multiple patients infected with Ebola virus.  Emory University Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for these type of patients. We are honored to have the privilege of caring for these patients who contracted Ebola while serving our global community. It is our moral obligation to always use our expertise, training, knowledge and gifts to provide such extraordinary care for others.

We have prepared the following FAQs to provide more information on the topic of Ebola and Emory’s care for patients infected with this deadly virus. You can also watch this Video Q&A from Emory Healthcare Physicians on Ebola.

About Ebola

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Cochlear Implants Could be a Game Changer for Those Affected by Hearing Loss

Cochlear ImplantAccording to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, hearing loss affects millions of children and adults worldwide. Hearing loss can stem from conductive problems or problems with the external ear canal, ear drum, middle ear space or middle ear bones. Conductive hearing loss often can be treated with surgery to address the structure that is affected; however, this is not an option for nerve hearing loss. Nerve or sensorineural hearing loss is caused by intrauterine infections, congenital malformations of the inner ear, trauma, medication induced, sudden deafness or a progressive hearing loss from genetic predisposition. While many patients benefit from standard hearing aid technology, there are some who do not. Fortunately, a result of decades-long research, in 1985 the FDA approved cochlear implant use in humans to address sensorineural hearing loss. Cochlear implants have now helped more than 300,000 people worldwide.

What are cochlear implants?
Cochlear implants are implantable hearing devices that allow people who are deaf to hear.

How do they work?
Cochlear implantation provides electrical stimulation directly to the cochlea, the auditory portion of the inner ear. This is accomplished by inserting an electrode into the cochlea. It requires surgery under general anesthesia. Most patients go home the same day of the procedure. A cochlear implant is comprised of an internal processor that is attached to an electrode array and lies under the scalp skin. It is not at all visible!

There are external components that have a receiver, microphone and transmitter. The external components relay sound to the internal processor through connection with a magnet, which is under the scalp skin. The external components can be removed at any time, much like standard hearing aids. Once implanted, the expectation is that the implants are permanent; however, the internal components can still be removed surgically if it becomes necessary.

Cochlear implants have revolutionized the quality of life in children and adults. Children who are born deaf can now be implanted as infants and go on to live near normal lives. Adults with profound hearing loss also have benefitted from cochlear implants.

Who is eligible?
The indications for cochlear implants have evolved over the last three decades and are still changing. While, both children and adults can be implanted, the specific criteria is complex. If you are living with hearing loss that is not helped by hearing aids, your otolaryngologist will be able to help you determine your eligibility.

Two Ebola Patients Discharged from Emory University Hospital

In an effort to keep our community informed on the status of the Ebola patients being treated at Emory University Hospital, today we confirm that as of this afternoon, both Ebola patients have been discharged from our Infectious Disease Unit at the hospital.

Nancy Writebol was discharged from the Emory University Hospital on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, and Kent Brantly, MD, was discharged today, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

“After a rigorous and successful course of treatment and testing, the Emory Healthcare team has determined that both patients have recovered from the Ebola virus and can return to their families and community without concern for spreading this infection to others,” says Bruce Ribner, MD, medical director of the Emory University Hospital Communicable Disease Containment Unit.

Criteria for the discharge of both patients were based on standard infectious disease protocols and blood and urine diagnostic tests. Our team has maintained its extensive safety procedures throughout this treatment process and is confident that the discharge of these patients poses no public health threat.

“The Emory Healthcare team is extremely pleased with Dr. Brantly’s and Mrs. Writebol’s recovery, and was inspired by their spirit and strength, as well as by the steadfast support of their families,” says Ribner.

The mission of Emory University Hospital is to heal and to advance knowledge. The team of health care professionals who cared for these Ebola patients has trained for years to treat and contain the most dangerous infectious diseases in the world. The experience, understanding and learning that Emory’s medical professionals have gained during this process will be applied, not only to Ebola, but to other emergent diseases that the world may confront in the future.

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Get Your Cardiovascular Screening from One of Our Convenient Mobile Locations in September

Emory Healthcare Mobile ScreeningsEmory Healthcare, along with mobile health screening partner, HealthFair, continues to offer cardiovascular screenings around the metro Atlanta area in the month of September. This collaboration provides metro Atlanta communities greater access to important screening services and to the Emory Healthcare Network of physicians and providers. Below is listing of screening dates and locations coming to your neighborhood.

Cardiovascular screenings offered by HealthFair meet the established screening guidelines by the American College of Cardiology. Each patient, along with the medical staff, can tailor their screening packages to their specific needs. Details about the screenings can be found at emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

September 2014 Cardiovascular Screening Schedule

  • September 2, Walmart, 1735 S Highway 27, Carrollton
  • September 3, The Fresh Market, 100 N Peachtree Parkway, Peachtree City
  • September 4, Walgreens, 6671 Covington Highway, Lithonia
  • September 4, Kroger, 3000 Old Alabama Road, Alpharetta
  • September 5, Kroger, 1715 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta
  • September 6, Rite Aid, 1550 Kennesaw Due West Road NW, Kennesaw
  • September 8, Walgreens, 2365 Buford Drive, Lawrenceville
  • September 9, Walgreens, 4395 Kimball Bridge Road, Alpharetta
  • September 10, CVS, 3285 New MacLand Road, Powder Springs
  • September 11, Publix, 2451 Cumberland Parkway SE, Atlanta
  • September 12, Kroger, 12050 Georgia 92, Woodstock
  • September 13, Rite Aid, 3055 Washington Road, Atlanta
  • September 15, Just Fitness 4U Marietta, 3101 Roswell Road, Marietta
  • September 16, Dunwoody Pines, 4355 Georgetown Square, Dunwoody
  • September 17, Kroger, 7125 Georgia 85, Riverdale
  • September 18, Walgreens, 10 East May Street, Winder
  • September 19, CVS, 4377 Atlanta Highway, Loganville
  • September 20, Rite Aid, 2113 S Cobb Drive, Smyrna
  • September 22, Walgreens, 4075 Cherokee Street NW, Kennesaw
  • September 23, Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett, 3100 Club Drive, Lawrenceville
  • September 25, Olive Springs Baptist Church, 1528 Austell Road SE, Marietta
  • September 26, CVS, 6330 Roswell Road, Roswell
  • September 27, Kroger, 3030 Headland Drive SW, Atlanta
  • September 29, Kroger, 1690 Powder Springs Road SE, Marietta
  • September 30, Walmart Supercenter, 600 Carrollton Villa Rica Highway, Villa Rica

For more information on screening options and/or to schedule your screening appointment, visit www.emoryhealthcare.org/screening.

May is National Stroke Awareness Month!

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke, according to the National Stroke Association.

In recognition of May as National Stroke Awareness Month, Emory Healthcare encourages you to learn the signs, symptoms and risk factors for stroke. Mark your calendar for the following events:


Stroke Awareness

Go Red for Women Event at Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Medical Office Tower Lobby
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia

  • When: Friday, May 9 ; 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • What: Come out and enjoy this fun, educational event, where you can meet the Emory Women’s Heart Center physicians and staff, learn how to prevent heart disease and find out if you are at risk for heart disease. The event will also feature nutrition consultations, body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure screenings for attendees.

Also, join us at 12 p.m. in the Glenn Auditorium for a short educational talk on how to prevent heart disease by Emory Women’s Heart Center cardiologist Alexis Cutchins, MD.
 
Nurses who attend the talk will be offered 0.5 Contact Hours. Refreshments will be served.


Stroke Awareness Fair at Emory University Hospital

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital
1364 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30322
E Wing Auditorium and Classroom Lobby, 2nd Floor

  • When: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 ; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • What: Come out to learn signs and symptoms of stroke, understand how to manage blood pressure, exercise properly and maintain a healthy diet. You can talk to experts about stroke prevention and response for suspected stroke. Also, plan to participate in two community stroke lectures, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
  • Who: Emory employees, patients, families and you!

Stroke Awareness Fair at Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Where:

Emory University Hospital Midtown
Medical Office Tower Lobby
550 Peachtree Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia

  • When: Thursday, May 15, 2014; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • What: Join us to learn the signs and symptoms of stroke, ask a neurologist about stroke care, speak to a pharmacist, get your BMI checked and learn about stroke rehabilitation programs.
  • Who: Emory employees, patients, families and you!

Stroke Awareness at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Where:

Emory Johns Creek Hospital
6325 Hospital Parkway
Johns Creek, GA

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Less Invasive Treatment Now Available For Barrett’s Esophagus

Often dismissed as a little acid reflux or heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) affects 44 percent of adults in the United States. For some of those, their GERD can be resolved by antacids, changes in diet and a healthier lifestyle. But, for others GERD can lead to Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition which significantly raises the patient’s risk of esophageal cancer. Suddenly, GERD doesn’t seem so harmless.

While only a small percentage of patients with GERD will develop Barrett’s, but when a patient is diagnosed with it, doctors keep a close watch out for the emergence of cancer. Traditionally, Barrett’s has been treated by removing tumors of the esophagus with combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and photo dynamic therapy (PDT ). But now there is an alternative approach that is less invasive and has fewer side effects. With radiofrequency ablation (RFA), doctors guide a balloon-type device to the affected site and trigger a radio frequency signal to slough off the malignant or precancerous cells.

“RF Ablation is so well tolerated now that we can safely offer it to a great many patients with Barrett’s Esophagus,” said the Director of Endoscopy at Emory Healthcare, Field Willingham, MD, MPH.

Major surgery is still not uncommon among late stage esophageal cancer patients. But when the cancer is caught early it can now often be successfully removed using radiofrequency ablation.

Both Field F Willingham, MD, MPH, and Kevin Woods, MD, MPH offer RFA for patients with Barrett’s Esophagus at Emory Healthcare.

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Breast Augmentation, What are Your Options? Have Your Questions Answered.

breast augmentationChoosing breast augmentation surgery is a big decision, and we know it’s important for you to understand your surgical options, the implants, and what you can expect after the surgery. Join Emory Aesthetic Center’s plastic surgeon, Felmont Eaves, MD, on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 as he helps walk you through the journey. Dr. Eaves will answer all of your questions to ensure you are confidently ready to take the next step. He will be available to answer questions such as:

  • Is breast augmentation right for me?
  • What is the breast augmentation procedure?
  • Are there other options available to me?
  • What can I expect after surgery?
  • What types of breast implants are available and which one(s) are best?
  • What kind of an outcome can I expect?

Just 15 Seconds Can Help Prevent the Spread

Every year, here at Emory Healthcare, we celebrate Hand Washing Awareness week.

The goal of National Hand Washing Awareness Week is to decrease the spread of infectious diseases by empowering individuals through education on the importance of hand washing to help protect their loved ones and communities. By working together we can make a difference!

At each of our facilities, all of our team members practice hand hygiene and we are reminded at almost every turn, via signage and educational information just how important hand hygiene is for the health and wellness of our staff, patients, families and visitors.

By definition, hand hygiene is the cleaning of the hands using either soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Hand “washing” refers to hand cleaning using soap and water. Hands can become contaminated with bacteria during routine daily activities such as eating, coughing, changing diapers, caring for an ill loved one, or taking out the trash. Hand hygiene doesn’t get rid of all bacteria on the hands, but it can reduce the number of bacteria on the hands and prevent spread of bacteria from one person to another, or prevent the contamination of additional surfaces.

The 6 Rules of Hand Washing:

  • Always wash your hands after using the bathroom, changing diapers, cleaning up after your pets, or handling money.
  • Wash your hands when they’re dirty.
  • Always wash your hands before eating.
  • Don’t cough or sneeze into your hands.
  • Refrain from putting your fingers in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Avoid touching people and surfaces with unclean hands.

Proper Hand Washing Technique:

  1. Wet hands with warm water, then use soap (preferably anti-bacterial).
  2. Rub your hands together, making sure to scrub all areas.
    • Be sure to rub for a minimum of 15 seconds, or sing “Happy Birthday” to make hand washing most effective.
  3. Rinse thoroughly, then dry hands on a clean towel.
  4. Finally, be sure and turn faucet off with the towel, not your hands, to prevent re-contamination.

Do you have other tips that help you practice good hand hygiene? If so, share them with us and our readers using the comments field below!

 

Join Us for Ladies Night Out

ladies night out flyerEmory Johns Creek Hospital is hosting a Ladies’ Night Out Thursday, October 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Physicians’ Plaza. Join us for free health screenings, casual conversations with physicians over dessert and coffee, and a chance to win door prizes. In celebration and recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we’ll be hosting a special breast cancer awareness and prevention panel with physicians at 7pm.

Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 678.474.8200 to register. This event is presented in partnership with the Junior League of Gwinnett & North Fulton Counties.

Also, be sure to check out some of our upcoming informational seminars and the awareness events being offered by our family at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Bariatric Surgery
October 16 and November 7, 8, 14 and 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. Suite 109.

Childbirth Preparation Class

Classes are held as a four-week series on Thursdays or one full-day class on Sunday, October 14, Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, December 2. The next four-week series begins October 25. Meeting Room 3.

Breast-feeding Class
Classes are held every three weeks on a Saturday. Fall classes will be held October 20, November 17 and December 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meeting Room 3.

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Our Commitment to Transparent Health Care

High quality health care provided in a safe, patient- and family-centered environment is the foundation of Emory Healthcare’s mission. At Emory Healthcare, we’re committed to transparency in communications with our patients, recognizing your right to be informed about all aspects of your care, treatment and service.

With that said, we want to inform our community of a recent situation that may impact some of our patients. Emory Healthcare has determined that 10 backup discs containing information on surgical patients treated between September 1990 and April 2007 are missing from a storage location at Emory University Hospital.

Upon discovery that the discs were missing, an extensive search and investigation was initiated and is continuing. It is important to note that there was no actual or attempted breach or “hacking in” of Emory’s electronic medical records or other systems.

Our investigation into the matter has determined that the discs were removed between February 7, 2012, and February 20, 2012. The information contained on the missing discs is related to approximately 315,000 surgical patients treated at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown (formerly Emory Crawford Long Hospital) and The Emory Clinic Ambulatory Surgery Center. The information did not relate to patients at other Emory Healthcare facilities or to patients treated after April 2007. Approximately 228,000 of the records on the discs included Social Security numbers; another approximately 87,000 records did not include Social Security numbers.

“We sincerely regret this incident and want to assure our patients that we are committed to safeguarding their personal information,” said John T. Fox, president and CEO of Emory Healthcare. “While we have no evidence at this time that any personal information has been misused as a result of this incident, we want to take all precautions to ensure our patients’ information is safe. We are moving forward expeditiously with providing all affected patients, at our cost, access to identity protection services, including credit monitoring.” Our patients are being informed through personal letters mailed to their homes, which provides details on the occurrence, actions taken to locate the discs and steps patients can take now to protect themselves against possible identity theft. Emory Healthcare is recommending that individuals regularly review their credit reports for anything they do not recognize, and to consider using the other services being provided by Emory, as specified in the letter. For more information on steps patients can take to avoid potential problems, view Emory Healthcare’s “Notice to Our Patients” at www.emoryhealthcare.org/protection.

Our Emory Healthcare culture supports open organizational dialogue. We are grateful for all of our team members who support our culture by raising their hands when they find an opportunity for us to learn from teachable moments such as this one.

Emory Healthcare has launched an institution-wide initiative to reinforce and clarify existing policies and procedures for safeguarding the security and privacy of sensitive information. In addition, Emory is conducting a comprehensive inventory of all physical spaces across the system to ensure data are properly secured.

A toll-free Emory Healthcare Support Center hotline (1-855-205-6950) providing information on the incident has been established to address patient questions and is available 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).

For more information, patients may also visit: www.emoryhealthcare.org/protection.

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