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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


February 1, 2013- Children’s Hospital Of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit Takes Top Honor For Green Design
DETROIT, MI, FEBRUARY 19, 2013 — DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the most experienced pediatric hospital in the state, has announced that its Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit has been awarded LEED-NC v2009 certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the USGBC’s leading rating system for designing and constructing the world’s greenest, most energy efficient, and highest performing buildings. To comply with LEED standards and earn healthcare-specific credits, the environment weighed heavily in the equation for architects, engineers and contractors alike in the achievement of green design goals for Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit in five areas: sustainable sites; water efficiency; energy and atmosphere; and indoor environmental quality. Designed by Shepley Bulfinch and constructed by the joint ventures teams of L.S. Brinker/Barton Malow, some of the green technologies incorporated outside the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit include drought resistant landscape plants and grass areas that include rare Michigan hardy plants that won’t require additional water or irrigation after two years. Pervious concrete, used in the parking lots, reduces the volume of storm water run-off entering the City’s sewer system by filtering the water directly through the pavement. Inside, the building has energy efficient appliances, such as a high performance water heater that provides 98 percent thermal efficiency and a high performance boiler system that provides efficiencies of up to 99 percent. Daylight and motion sensors reduce power consumption for lighting and energy saving windows reflect heat in the summer and retain warmth in the winter, saving on heating and cooling costs. “This building is the first to be built from the ground up as part of Vanguard’s initial investment in the DMC,” says Herman Gray, MD, president, DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “This project provided the greatest opportunity to design a building that not only offers care from some of the best pediatric experts in the state, but to also create a structure that gives back to the community through thoughtful, environmentally conscious design for years to come.” Additional partners in the development the DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center – Detroit included Integrated Design Solutions (mechanical and electrical engineers), Giffel – Webster Engineers (civil and site engineers), and Ehlert/Bryan (structural engineers). For more LEED facts at Children's Hospital of Michigan Specialty Center - Detroit visit http://www.dmc.org/upload/docs/construction%20annoucement/CHM/LEED%20Fact%20Sheet.pdf.


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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