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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


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U.S. News & World Report Names Detroit Medical Center Among Best Hospitals
07/15/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has been ranked among the best hospitals for 2014-15 in a variety of specialties both regionally and nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The annual U.S. News Best Hospitals rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
Detroit Medical Center Named 2014 Most Wired Hospital for 8th Consecutive Year
07/09/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has again been recognized as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to the 16th annual Health Care’s Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks.
Thousands of Women from Across the Midwest will Converge
06/20/2014
Last March, more than 7,000 women gathered at Joe Louis Arena to experience Dawn Seekers, metro-Detroit's largest worship service for women-only hosted by Triumph Church. Now, on Saturday, June 21, from 6 - 8 a.m. more than 10,000 women are expected to again convene for yet another dose of Dawn Seekers at the fabulous Joe Louis Arena.
Eleven Tenet hospitals recently received sustainability awards from Practice Greenhealth!
06/20/2014
This organization is the nation’s leading health care community supporting environmental stewardship working to improve patient safety and care through tools, best practices and knowledge sharing. Hospitals are selected annually to honor environmental achievements in the health care sector.
DMC selected for White House program supporting health IT apprenticeships
06/13/2014
The Detroit Medical Center is one of only nine hospital systems selected nationwide to participate in a federally initiated pilot project to provide apprenticeships in health information technology and information management.
The Children’s Hospital of Michigan Ranks Among America’s Best in
06/10/2014
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 U.S. News & World Report’s 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings. The Children’s Hospital of Michigan is nationally ranked in: Cancer (#24), Cardiology & Heart Surgery (#37), Nephrology (#41), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#24), Neonatology (#47), Pulmonology (#32), Urology (#34) and Gastroenterology (#44).
Detroit Medical Center Names Andrei Soran Chief Operating Officer
06/09/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) announced today that it has selected Andrei Soran as the new DMC Chief Operating Officer, effective July 1. Soran, who has a broad-based portfolio of experience in the health care industry, will work directly with DMC hospital presidents to focus on DMC's future strategic growth.
DMC Surgery Hospital To Offer Urgent Care July 1
05/19/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Surgery Hospital will open an urgent care center July 1, 2014 in place of the facility’s Emergency Room services.
The Detroit Medical Center Names Paula R. Autry, FACHE DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital CEO
05/16/2014
The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has named Paula R. Autry, FACHE, CEO, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital effective June 30. Autry currently serves as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Strategic Planning for Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Ga. She will bring more than 19 years of expert experience to her new role having formerly served as President of Mount Carmel East Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. Autry replaces former Sinai-Grace Hospital CEO Dr. Reginald Eadie, who now holds the position of CEO of DMC Harper/Hutzel Hospital.
Pioneering Study by Award-Winning Children’s Hospital of Michigan and Wayne State University Researcher Shows Many Kids with “Cardiomyopathy” Can Regain Heart Health
05/12/2014
After two decades of arduous research, a National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan (CHM) at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) and the Wayne State University School of Medicine has published a new study showing that many children with an often fatal type of heart disease can recover “normal size and function” of damaged sections of their hearts.
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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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