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Pregnancy & H1N1 Facts for Healthcare Workers


April 14, 2014- Dr. Scott Henry Joins DMC Cardiovascular Institute as Director of Cardiovascular Surgery Care Uniformity

Scott Henry, M.D., PhD, has joined the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Cardiovascular Institute (CVI) as director of cardiovascular surgery care uniformity. In this role, he will work to ensure the clinical outcomes and quality metrics of the DMC CVI cardiovascular surgery services not only meet, but exceed, those standards set forth by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

“I’m very impressed with the development of Cardio Team One and the DMC Heart Hospital opening this summer,” Dr. Henry said. “I think this demonstrates the great commitment the Detroit Medical Center has made to the community to provide 24/7 cardiac care, state-of-the-art treatment and a focus on cutting-edge research. It definitely mirrors my commitment to my patients and this community.”

“Dr. Henry is an excellent addition to CVI and the DMC,” said Dr. Schreiber, president of the DMC Cardiovascular Institute and the new DMC Heart Hospital opening in August. “He brings with him extensive experience and a successful track record of moving local programs up in quality and safety standards. I expect he will do the same for DMC.”

A regular, award-winning presenter and author on leading industry research, Dr. Henry is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Michigan State Medical Society and the Detroit Surgical Association. He is a diplomat on the National Board of Medical Examiners, Certified Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) instructor and licensed to practice medicine in both Kentucky and Michigan.

Prior to joining the DMC, Dr. Henry served as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa. and a senior staff physician in the cardiac surgery division of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. He’s also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve.

Dr. Henry received his Bachelor’s from Indiana University and attended Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He did his residency and National Institute of Health (NIH) fellowships at Wayne State University School of Medicine before becoming an administrative chief resident. He also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

 


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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