NICU Nurses Are Medical Center Olympic Champions

Our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) nurses went for the gold while completing Olympic-themed annual skills training organized and taught by the NICU Education Council. The games kicked off with the Star Spangled Banner and running with the Olympic torch. Skills related to pressure injury, chest tubes, endotracheal tube securement, induced hypothermia, amplitude integrated electroencephalography, code cart review and Epic were covered. Events included darts, mini-marshmallow pressure injury packing, a matching game, throwing ice cubes in a bucket, a potato race and scavenger hunt. The final event was a NICU evacuation equipment relay race. About 130 nurses participated in the training.

The Weight Is Over for UMass Memorial Health Care Caregivers

Your colleagues in the Clinical Decision Unit (CDU) and the 2 Lakeside Intensive Care Unit (LICU) are winning by losing – weight, that is! They recently completed the Biggest Loser weight loss challenge organized by Employee Health Services. Four hundred and eight pounds later, the CDU and LICU team members can now log 1,000 points under the Manage Your Weight challenge on the myHealth Matters website. Benefits-eligible employees can get in on the action. Complete a weight loss challenge to log 1,000 points and earn your $300 wellness reimbursement account deposit. Lots of programs qualify, including Weight Watchers, HealthyWage, Core4, Eat Right Now.

Register Today to Join Our Evening of Orthopedics Education

Join us Tuesday, May 8 at the Beechwood Hotel, Worcester for an evening of free orthopedic education programs presented by expert physicians from our Medical Center. From 5:30 to 6:30 pm, learn about joint replacement, including new, leading-edge techniques from David Ayers, MD, chair, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine. From 7 to 8 pm, Michael Brown, MD, sports medicine, will highlight common sports injuries from A to Z and how each is prevented and treated. Register online or call 855-UMASS-MD (855-862-7763) to register for one or both programs. Free parking and light refreshments will be provided.

Watch Everyone, Everyday Team Video; Take Poll to Win

Last month, we kicked off a three-part video series showcasing the teams featured in our recent Everyone, Everyday film festivals. This week, watch the third video of our three-part series to learn more about the HealthAlliance Home Health and Hospice team. Then take the quiz to test your knowledge and enter for a chance to win a Dunkin Donuts gift card! You can also meet the team through a profile story now featured on our Everyone, Everyday website. Good luck, and congratulations to last week’s poll winners Linda Parker, Clinical Informatics Department, and Varang Parikh, Center for Innovation and Transformational Change.

Dr. Sanghavi: Importance to Have Kids Checked for High Fevers

Dr. Sanghavi

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most common serious bacterial infections in young children. Because babies can’t verbalize what’s bothering them, these infections can be easily missed. In a recent Parents magazine article, Darshak Sanghavi, MD, pediatric cardiology, shares that when left untreated, a UTI can become extremely dangerous. That’s why it is so important for parents to take their children to the hospital when they have a high fever. He said, “This is why it’s key to get your child’s urine checked when she has a fever, even if she seems to have an ear infection or another ailment that might cause the fever. It’s always best to be sure.” Read story.

Get ‘On The Beat’ to Learn about Heart Risks and Foot Health

In the recent edition of On the Beat, our Heart and Vascular Center shares a delicious recipe for crab cakes, urges you to take a free heart-healthy risk assessment, explains the correlation between diabetes and heart health, and highlights the importance our limb preservation team plays in foot health. The e-newsletter is designed to help keep your health on track with tips and inspiration mailed straight to your inbox. On the Beat is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department. Learn how to sign up today and read the recent issue.

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