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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


June 4, 2013- DMC Announces New Hospital President

Today, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) COO Rod Huebbers announced that Lynn Torossian has been named the new president of Harper University Hospital and Hutzel Women’s Hospital effective July 1, 2013. Currently Torossian is  president of DMC Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital (HVSH). She brings an array of experience in fiscal management, operations and service excellence to the Harper/Hutzel position and will work closely with the medical staff and the entire hospital team.    

Lynn has done an outstanding job at HVSH and we are excited about bringing her great leadership, enthusiasm and ability to build a winning team to the Harper/Hutzel position,” said COO Huebbers.  He added, “I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Pat Wilkerson Uddyback for her tremendous support and leadership during the search for the new president.”

Torossian came to the DMC in 2006, initially serving as chief operations officer (COO) and vice president of operations for Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital. In this role she was responsible for recent campus expansion projects, forging strong relationships with the medical staff and taking a visible role in the community.  In May 2008, Torossian was named President of Huron Valley-Sinai Hospital.

Torossian is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a degree in business administration; board certified in healthcare management, she is also a certified public accountant and is enrolled in the MBA Program at Walsh College of Business. Torossian is active in the Michigan Healthcare Executive Group and Associates and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is also a member of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

The DMC will conduct a national executive search to fill Torossian’s position at Huron Valley-Sinai.


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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