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Surgical Blankets for the Homeless

Before surgery, technicians unwrap sterilized instruments from a sheet of plastic material that cannot be recycled, and these sheets end up in the trash bin. Lourdes surgical technician Dana Scarangelli and nurse anesthetist Laura Faust have started sewing these sheets together to create mats, blankets, sleeping bags and tote bags for the homeless.


Low Sharps Rate

Sharps injuries are typically the result of using hazardous equipment in a fast-paced and stressful environment. Lourdes Medical Center is among the top five teaching hospitals with the lowest sharps injury rates. Peg Johnson, Employee Health Clinician, discusses best practices for sharps injuries and how their team remains focused on safety, training and a goal of zero injuries as the way that Lourdes Medical Center achieved this distinction.


Preventing Hospital Readmission

Tracy Lanoza, DNP, APN, FNP discusses which patient populations are at greatest risk of readmission, post acute care management (including working with nursing homes) to prevent patients from being readmitted to the hospital and how receiving quality home health care can help keep a patient from being readmitted to the hospital.


Tai Chi Chih for Stress Relief and Anxiety

We all have stress from time to time. However, when your stress begins to affect your quality of life, it might be time to consider trying a form of stress relief that does not involve medication. T'ai Chi Chih's gentle movements release stress by relaxing and rejuvenating the body while refreshing the mind. Michelle Carlino, E-RYT 500 YACEP , and Sheila Finamore, CTRS, discuss Tai Chi Chih for Stress Relief and the ways in which this gentle moving meditation balances and circulates the...


Clearing up the Confusion Surrounding Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines

Staying watchful for health issues related to the breast, and taking the optimal and most timely care steps in breast health, is important for a woman and can mean the difference in a woman's health. Just as important as understanding the latest age-related recommendations for preventive breast x-rays and other screening steps is finding a center for imaging that maintains advanced digital equipment and provides a service with the highest quality standards. Kathleen Greatrex, MD,...


Treatment Options for Celiac and Food Intolerances

For those frequently experiencing stomach pain, sensitivity or irritation, a food allergy or intolerance may be at the root of the problem. Dr. Rober Shmuts, a gastroenterologist at Lourdes Medical Center, discusses celiac disease, and other food-related sensitivities or allergies and what treatment options might be available at Lourdes Health System.


The Field of Cardio-Oncology: Protecting the Heart While Treating Cancer

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the United States, right behind heart disease. While new therapies are helping more people survive cancer, they also can cause heart problems. A new medical specialty called cardio-oncology is working to solve this dilemma. At Lourdes, cardiologists work closely with oncologists to help prevent heart disease in people before, during and after cancer therapy. Dr. Jay Rubenstone discusses the very specialized field of cardio-oncology and how...


Is it Baby Blues or Post Partum Depression?

With the excitement of a new baby, focus often shifts to baby’s needs. Meanwhile, new mothers can experience physical, mental and hormonal changes that can make adjusting to a new life challenging. Dr. Rachel Shmuts, a psychiatrist at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, discusses postpartum depression, signs to watch for and when to seek help.


GERD Myths and GI Health

A large portion of the population experiences acid reflux in the esophagus either occasionally or chronically. Those who suffer from it regularly have gastroesophogeal reflux disease (GERD), one of the most common of GI conditions. While GERD is not uncommon, it is often misunderstood. Dr. Linda Miller, Gastroenterologist at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, discusses GERD treatments, and clears up some common misunderstandings and myths.


Preventing Pressure Ulcers and Bed Sores

Pressure ulcers are skin injuries caused by prolonged pressure. Commonly known as bedsores, these abrasions result from staying in one position for too long. They often appear on body parts where the skin is close to the flesh, like ankles, hips, heels and the tailbone. Eight months ago, Lourdes hospitals began using a unique monitoring device called the Leaf Patient Monitoring System with a goal of reducing the incidence of pressure ulcers, sometimes called bed sores, that occur at...


Suicide Warning Signs: Help is Available

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Psychiatric illness and depression are complex. The emotional pain and hopelessness can lead a person down an irreversible path. Dr. Rachel Shmuts, psychiatrist at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, discusses warning signs and help that is available to those who need it. If you or a loved one is in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline...


Food and Fitness Tips for Being Heart-Healthy

Most health experts agree that if you eat a balanced, healthy diet and exercise, it can help you to keep a healthy heart, but what exactly does that mean? Vivek Sailam, MD,cardiologist, with Lourdes Cardiology, offers his best advice for how you can use food and fitness to keep a healthy heart.


Colon Cancer Screening: A Colonoscopy Could Save Your Life

Cancer of colon or rectum is one of the most common forms of cancer. Risk of the cancer increase once a person reaches late 40s and beyond. Gastroenterologists are usually the first to detect this problem, as a result of a colonoscopy. With better screening and earlier treatment, the death rate from this disease has continued to decline. Donald Petroski, MD, discusses colonoscopy, how easy and painless this procedure is and how it is the very best way to reduce your risk of colon cancer.


Sickle Cell Anemia/Lourdes New Infusion Unit

Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the United States. About 100,000 Americans are thought to be living with sickle cell disease, and every year another 1,000 babies are born with the disease. Worldwide it is thought to affect more than 500,000 babies a year. Joseph Tropea, DO, discusses everything you need to know about sickle cell disease and the new infusion unit at Lourdes.


Updated Blood Pressure Guidelines

Recently the American Heart Association updated their blood pressure guidelines with five categories. Knowing which category your numbers fall in can help you take the necessary steps to keep it under control. Hafeza Shaikh, DO shares the five blood pressure categories and why it's important to know your numbers in order to live a healthier lifestyle.


COPD and The Lourdes Chronic Care Center

Nearly 15 million Americans have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and it is the third most common cause of death in the U.S. Although there's no cure, there are many things you can do to slow the progression, including learning more about it. Candace Bromley discusses what you need to know about COPD.


Help Prevent the Spread of This Years Dangerous Flu

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that flu activity is now widespread across the United States. CDC officials say they cannot be certain how severe this season will be, but reports of severe illness and hospitalizations have been received. Emergency Department physicians at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center say there has been an influx of patients seeking relief from influenza symptoms. In this very important podcast, Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, Assistant Director,...


Understanding the Facts About Organ Donation Could Save Many Lives

Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center is among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for raising organ and tissue donation awareness in a national campaign sponsored by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Lourdes was awarded the campaign's highest tier—Platinum Level. In recognition of organ donor awareness and to honor all organ donors, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center will light the hospital's iconic 30-foot,...


The Amazing Placental Allograft Injection for Regeneration of Connective Tissue

Regenerative medicine is fast becoming an area of medicine with the potential to help heal damaged tissues and organs. It can also possibly offer solutions and hope today for people who have conditions that many thought before were beyond repair. Amniotic placental tissue injection is a treatment to help resolve acute tendon injuries, and is showing promise for regenerative effects on injured, painful joints, and back pain without the need for drugs or surgery. Here to discuss Placenta...


Bariatric Surgery 101

Deciding to have Bariatric Surgery is a major life decision. You can best prepare by knowing the benefits and risks of surgery. Bariatric surgery has evolved and improved over recent years making important strides toward even better results with each advance. Experience is critical when considering any type of surgery. That is why it is important to know that Lourdes Health System is one of the largest providers of bariatric surgery in southern New Jersey. Our surgeons are experienced with...