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June 14, 2013- DMC Harper Hospital to Open New Emergency Department

On Saturday June 29, 2013, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Harper University Hospital will host the Grand Opening of their 20,500 square foot Emergency Department.  The nearly $10 million dollar capital project is aimed at enhancing the patient experience and providing DMC Harper doctors with the latest technology to treat patients.

 

“Harper has some of the most talented Physicians in the country and these improvements are going to enable them to continue to deliver world-class care to our patients,” said Interim Hospital President Dr. Patricia Uddyback, Harper Hospital.”  She added, “When the community drives through mid-town and see the Cranes up and construction in progress, I hope they realize that these investments translate into enhanced patient care- care that is accessible to them.”

 

Patients can expect to see an enlarged waiting room- replete with updated finishes designed to enhance the patient’s experience; all rooms are wired with smart-technology and the latest and greatest in medical equipment.   This renovation is part of the multi-million dollar investment DMC is making in Detroit’s mid-town neighborhood, said to total some $850 million dollars and one of he largest investments the city has seen in generations.

 

The community is invited to get a first look at this tremendous asset. Tours of the Emergency Department, free health screenings (blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI checks), opportunity to meet the Harper University Hospital medical team and refreshments are among the activities that will take place at the Grand Opening.

WHO:  
Tune Up of 105.9 Kiss, Randi Myles of WPRZ Praise 102.7, and the Harper University Hospital Medical Team

WHAT: 
Preview and Grand Opening of Harper Hospital’s Emergency Department

WHEN:
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 
DMC Harper University Hospital Emergency Department
4160 John R 
Detroit, MI, 48201

     


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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