Fourth of July Firework Safety

Posted by | Posted in Burn Center, Emergency, Expert Tips, Memorial Medical Center, Safety | Posted on 02-07-2013

Fireworks DisplayOooh. Aaaah. Ow.

One of those sounds should not belong.

As the Fourth of July approaches, so do barbecues, pool parties and, sadly, amateur firework artists. And so, as always, Memorial Medical Center is preparing for the annual visits from those who’ve declared their independence from firework safety.

 “In the Burn Center, we typically see between one and five firework-related injuries around this time of year, varying in severity,” says Doug Gregory, RN, nurse manager of Memorial’s Regional Burn Center. “But, every year, ten thousand people are injured nationally.” Read the rest of this entry »

Accidental Poisonings – What You Need to Know to Protect Your Children

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Expert Tips, Pediatrics | Posted on 25-06-2013

Baby with Household ChemicalsAbout 800,000 children visit an emergency room each year because of an accidental poisoning. It’s the second cause of unintentional injury death in the country, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

An accidental poisoning can involve the unintentional ingestion of medications, household products or even items such as batteries or coins. Dennis Danner, who has 36 years of nursing experience, the majority of which has been spent in an emergency or urgent-care setting for Memorial, provides some insight into how these accidental ingestions may occur among children – and what you need to know if it happens. Read the rest of this entry »

‘Memorial Was There to Save My Life’

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Emergency Department, Neuroscience, Stroke Center, Videos | Posted on 21-05-2013

139-13- 05At age 26, Darah Nelson is far younger than the average stroke patient. Yet on Oct. 18, 2012, she found herself in her office, the door closed, and unable to move or speak. A family friend, who had once experienced a stroke, happened to stop by, opened her door and quickly recognized the signs of a stroke.

Darah arrived via ambulance to Memorial Medical Center, where the Emergency Department team launched its Star 45 program, the 45-minute diagnostic timeline that determines whether patients, like Darah, are candidates for stroke treatment.  

The video below chronicles her story. Read the rest of this entry »

How a Yellow Sticker Could Save Your Life

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Safety, Videos | Posted on 09-12-2011

You’ll soon see more cars in Illinois displaying large yellow dot decals in their rear windows. And those dots will help save lives.

Illinois launched recently its voluntary Yellow Dot program. Participants receive a bright yellow decal for their cars and a corresponding yellow folder. They place the decal in the lower left-hand corner of the car’s rear window. They put their basic medical information and a close-up photo in the folder, which is kept in the glove compartment.

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Heart Attack Care Crucial in the Minutes After Onset

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Expert Tips, Heart, Memorial Medical Center | Posted on 13-09-2011

heart attack careAs a registered nurse, Bill Ferrell knew what he was in for when he awoke to crushing chest pain in the early morning in November 2009. By the time the ambulance arrived, Ferrell couldn’t stand or talk. First responders sent his electrocardiogram (EKG) directly to a physician, and he was diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction, commonly known as a heart attack, before he even reached the doors of Memorial Medical Center’s Emergency Department.

Within 42 minutes of arriving, Ferrell was transported to the Cardiac Cath Lab and received a stent in his blocked artery, which brought immediate relief by the restored blood flow to his heart. The quick care was a result of Memorial’s Star 80 program, a team effort among caregivers and physicians in the Emergency Department and Cardiac Cath Lab to open the heart blockage in patients suffering heart attacks within 80 minutes or less. Read the rest of this entry »

The ‘Other’ Form of Drowning

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Expert Tips, Physician Services | Posted on 10-08-2011

The term “dry drowning” is little known and often misunderstood by those who have heard of it.

Like wet drowning — which occurs when a person inhales water into the lungs and is unable to pull oxygen into his or her body — dry drowning involves an inability to pull air into the lungs. The causes of dry drowning vary, from sudden trauma to the diaphragm, to apnea, to a condition called laryngospasm. Read the rest of this entry »

Meet Marc, one of our Top 3 ER Story Submitters

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center, Stroke Center, Videos | Posted on 05-07-2011

Marc, our third and final top 3 ER story submitter out of over 85 submissions, has endured many trials in his life. We won’t spoil them here, but believe us when we say that you’re going to want to hear his story.

To read his original entry, please click here. His video is below.

Meet Gary, one of our Top 3 ER Story Submitters

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Heart, Memorial Medical Center, Videos | Posted on 27-06-2011

A few months ago we called for patients of Memorial’s Emergency Department to write in with their stories, which would be published online at memorialerstories.com. With over 85 patients stories submitted, we’re grateful to share with you three of the these impactful stories – stories of encouragement, hope and recovery derived from great patient care. Look for these stories to air as TV commercials over the next several weeks.

On June 15 we introduced you to Lisa, and today you’ll be meeting Gary, a man who credits Memorial for saving his life. Watch his riveting story in the embedded video below.

Meet Lisa, One of Our Top 3 ER Story Submitters

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Memorial Medical Center, Rehab, Videos | Posted on 15-06-2011

A few months ago we called for patients of Memorial’s Emergency Department to write in with their stories, which would be published online at memorialerstories.com. With over 85 patients stories submitted, we’re grateful to share with you three of the these impactful stories – stories of encouragement, hope and recovery derived from great patient care. Look for these stories to air as TV commercials over the next several weeks.

First up is Lisa, an avid horse rider and a woman with a story you have to hear to believe. Take a look and share your comments below.

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Power of words on display in Memorial ER Stories

Posted by | Posted in Emergency, Videos | Posted on 09-05-2011

Words can be powerful vehicles for expressing the deepest of emotions and gratitude — and the words used by former patients to describe Memorial’s Emergency Department and its staff are just that.

  • “Memorial was a hero for both of us.”
  • “It’s the only time after a seizure I wasn’t scared to death.”
  • “I couldn’t have asked for better acceptance.”
  • “These are truly angels in disguise.”
  • “They respected my privacy.”
  • “You saved the most treasured possession I have in this world — my daughter.”
  • “I watched, as they systematically saved my daughter’s life.”

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