[KMSP Fox 9, Nov. 17, 2014] Patrick Schoonover, a bantam hockey player from Eastview, Minn. tragically collapsed on the ice while playing at the Brainerd Area Civic Center on Friday, and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed the 14-year-old’s death was caused by a heart condition.
That’s the most common cause of a sudden death like this in an athlete who was otherwise appearing very healthy. Dr. Jamie Peters of the Sports and Orthopedic Specialists in Edina, Minn. said in young athletes, some sounds, or murmurs, can be heard through a stethoscope to prompt further tests, but they can be hard to hear, and sometimes, they can’t be heard at all.
“There’s a lot of research ongoing right now, some of it is around screening and some if it’s around whether to do electrocardiograms, ECGs, or whether to do genetic testing, but now, there isn’t really a single test that will detect someone who’s at high risk,” Dr. Peters said.
[MinnPost, Nov. 17, 2014] Health-care organizations, including Allina Health, and others across the nation are testing innovative ideas for helping late-life patients coordinate their complex treatment regimens. At the same time, they are exploring patient-centered alternatives to the old doctor-knows-best model.
Dr. Eric Anderson
“When you tend to people’s real wishes, real goals, they make choices that work better for them and are less costly. They suffer less,” said Dr. Eric Anderson, a specialist in palliative care at Allina Health in the Twin Cities. “As we age and become ill, we all need to be seen as people.”
Anderson is the principal investigator for an Allina Health initiative called Robina LifeCourse. Launched in 2013, it is one of several efforts under way nationwide to test models for delivering more supportive, whole-person care to seriously ill patients and their families.
Fourth-grader Qualktemo Kindred has his vision checked by Sarah Cooper, an Allina vision screening coordinator, who wears a plastic pig on her nose to get his attention, at Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet School in St. Paul on Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. (Pioneer Press: Scott Takushi)
The Phillips Eye Institute Foundation has provided free screenings and follow-up care to Minneapolis students for seven years. The group is expanding to St. Paul this year, with help from the St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, which is trying to raise $500,000 to help cover program costs for 10 years.
Mike Anderson, the schools foundation’s director, said vision problems can be a significant barrier to learning. Read the full story at twincities.com.
[Star Tribune, November 4, 2014] So-called integrative therapies reduced self-reported pain levels by 47 percent and cut anxiety levels by 56 percent for cancer patients at Allina’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
[KSTP-TV, Oct. 30, 2014] The ghosts and goblins are about to hit the streets in search of treats. Allina Health‘s manager of community health improvement, Susan Nygaard, talked with KSTP-TV’s Leah McLean about how to make it a safe Halloween.
Allina Health’s Unity Hospital in Fridley was designated as one of four Minnesota hospitals to treat patients with Ebola should any cases arise. (Coon Rapids Herald photo)
[Coon Rapids Herald, Oct. 30, 2014] Under a new statewide strategy to care for Ebola patients, Unity Hospital in Fridley has been designated one of four hospitals to treat patients should any cases arise.
The Minnesota Hospital Association announced that hospitals and health systems from around the state have developed a coordinated strategy to care for Ebola patients in Minnesota.
Under the plan, all hospitals in the state will continue to be prepared to detect, isolate and initially care for suspected Ebola patients. Should a case of Ebola be identified, the patient will be treated at one of four designated hospitals. Read the whole story at abcnewspapers.com.
Allina Health EMS first responders received training Tuesday on Ebola protocol. Here, Pete Cheolis, left, and Jake Shepard learned how to cocoon potential patients by wrapping them in a plastic sheet to contain any bodily fluids. (Star Tribune photo)
[Star Tribune, Oct. 29, 2014] As national, state and local leaders debate quarantines and other measures to combat Ebola, Twin Cities first responders have quietly introduced new protocols and reinforced existing ones.
Allina Health Emergency Medical Services, which provides ambulance service to thousands of people in suburban and rural parts of the state, has repackaged protective gear and is following the latest guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Brian LaCroix, president of Allina Health EMS, said: “It’s taking the appropriate precautions, but precautions based on science, not hysteria.” Read the full story on startribune.com
[KARE-TV, Oct. 28, 2014] Unity Hospital in Fridley is one of four Minnesota hospitals designated to care for Ebola patients. It’s all part of the state’s coordinated strategy to handle the virus if it arrives here.
On Tuesday, Unity Hospital officials gave KARE 11 a tour of the rooms where patients would stay. Watch the story here.