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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


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Detroit Medical Center Named Most Wired Hospital for Ninth Consecutive Year
07/15/2015
The Detroit Medical Center has been recognized as one of the nation's "Most Wired" hospitals for the ninth consecutive year, according to the 17th annual HealthCare's Most Wired survey, released last week by the American Hospital Association's Health Forum and the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME).
DMC Names Bryan Roach Vice President of PMO/Lean Operations
07/15/2015
-- The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today that it has selected Bryan Roach to the position of vice president of PMO/Lean operations, effective immediately. Bryan joined the DMC two years ago as senior director of operations finance. During his tenure, Bryan has been responsible for all financial accounting, capital budgeting/allocation and revenue cycle.
Detroit Researchers Help Identify a Key Gene Mutation That Can Trigger Lymphoblastic Leukemia
06/18/2015
After collecting data on a leukemia-affected family for nearly a decade, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center (DMC), Hematologist and Wayne State University School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics Madhvi Rajpurkar, M.D., joined an international team of genetic researchers in an effort to track down a mutation partly responsible for causing the disease.
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Ranks Among America’s Best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals
06/09/2015
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is among the best in the country in eight pediatric specialties according to the new U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is nationally ranked in: Cancer, Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology & GI Surgery, Neurology & Neurosurgery, Nephrology, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, and Urology. The Children's Hospital of Michigan also received the highest ranking of any pediatric hospital in Michigan for Cancer, Neurology/Neurosurgery, and Nephrology.
DMC Hospitals Named Practice Greenhealth Partners for Change
05/28/2015
The Detroit Medical Center’s (DMC) Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital and Sinai-Grace Hospital were just awarded the 2015 “Greenhealth Partner for Change” Award by Practice Greenhealth. In addition, DMC’s Harper University Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and Detroit Receiving Hospital were awarded the “Partner Recognition” Award.
Cardio Team One" The Only Program in Michigan Meeting Key American Heart Association Guidelines
05/28/2015
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has become the only health care facility in Michigan that now operates in complete compliance with the American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for treating high-risk heart conditions within one day through its unique Cardio Team One group of interventional cardiologist stationed around-the-clock at select DMC hospitals.
Because Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Vacation
05/26/2015
-- The end of the school year often marks the end of a guaranteed meal for almost half of Detroit’s children. In Southeast Michigan more than 300,000 free or reduced fee, breakfasts and lunches are served daily during the school year. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Professional Nurse Council at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is leading a community effort to provide area children with a consistent daily meal over summer recess. The 6th Annual Cereal Drive kicks off on Friday, May 29, and runs through June 5, 2015. The cereal collected will be donated to Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan and distributed to over 600 food pantries throughout Southeastern Michigan.
DMC-Hutzel Women's Hospital Selected to Join Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
05/19/2015
Hutzel Women's Hospital has been selected to be among the first hospitals in the nation to join the EMPower Initiative to enhance maternity care practices and work toward achieving the Baby Friendly USA© designation.
Cooling Children After Cardiac Arrest Provides No Significant Benefit
05/18/2015
A recent clinical trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and co-authored by the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Chief of Critical Care and Wayne State University School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics Kathleen L. Meert, M.D., shows that “therapeutic hypothermia” is no more effective than maintaining normal body temperature in children who’ve suffered cardiac arrest before being hospitalized.
Children’s Hospital of Michigan Earns Recognition as Level 4 Epilepsy Center
04/20/2015
The Children's Hospital of Michigan, at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), has gained recognition as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center, as determined by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC). The hospital's information and 2015 designation will be posted on the NAEC website at www.naec-epilepsy.org and also sent to US News and World Report for use in its "Best Hospitals" analysis.
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WHAT IS H1N1 INFLUENZA?
H1N1 influenza is a respiratory disease that is caused by a type A influenza virus. The current H1N1 virus contains unique genes from pig and human influenza viruses and hence is called the “Novel H1N1 Influenza Virus”. This strain of flu germ spreads from human to human and can cause illness.



Does H1N1 INFLUENZA pose special risks for pregnant women?
Pregnant women are at an increased risk of catching H1N1 or seasonal flu. Pregnant patients with H1N1 infection have an increased risk of complications. Although influenza viruses do not infect the baby while in the uterus, the high fever and any complications caused by the flu can potentially be harmful to the baby.



WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN I TAKE TO PROTECT MYSELF AND MY UNBORN BABY?
The best way to protect yourself and your unborn baby is to have a vaccination (which is safe during pregnancy). You should also make sure you follow good hygiene practices including:

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water. Alcohol-based gel hand cleaners are also good to use.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Talk to your doctor about your concerns.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF H1N1 INFLUENZA?
The symptoms of H1N1 flu are similar to the symptoms of seasonal flu and may include acute onset of:

  • Fever (greater than 100 F or 37.8 C)
  • Cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Stuffy nose
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with H1N1 flu.


WILL THE SYMPTOMS BE THE SAME IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, the symptoms of flu will be the same as in women who are not pregnant.




WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I GET SICK?
If you get sick with flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit contact with others, and call your doctor as soon as possible.

  • Treat any fever right away. Tylenol® (acetaminophen) is the best treatment of fever in pregnancy.
  • Get plenty of rest and drink clear fluids.
  • Your doctor may test you for flu or will decide if you need medications to treat the flu.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash and cleanse your hands.
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or alcohol- based hand rub.
  • Do not go to work, school, or other public places while you are ill.
  • Avoid close contact with other people.
  • Get emergency medical care right away if you have trouble breathing, chest pain, purple or blue lips or skin, severe vomiting and are dehydrated and/or dizzy, unresponsive or confused.


IS IT OK TO BREAST FEED MY BABY IF I AM SICK?

  • Do not stop breastfeeding if you are ill. This will help protect your baby from infection.
  • Be careful not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face, wash your hands often.
  • Your doctor might ask you to wear a mask to keep from spreading this new virus to your baby.
  • If you are too sick to breastfeed, pump and have someone give the expressed milk to your baby.


IS THERE A VACCINE FOR H1N1 INFLUENZA?
Yes, an H1N1 virus vaccine is expected to be available in mid- to late October 2009. The CDC recommends this vaccine for pregnant women when it first becomes available. This vaccine has been tested in pregnant women and found to be safe and effective.


REMEMBER: The seasonal flu vaccine is not expected to protect against the H1N1 flu, therefore individuals are encouraged to get both types of vaccines.

 

 

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