Livingwell A SPECIAL PUBLICATION CREATED BY REPUBLIC MEDIA CUSTOM PUBLISHING a-z HEALTHCARE NEWS YOU CAN USE FOR YOUR WHOLE FAMILY MARCH 2014 IN THIS ISSUE | 2 Valley fever | 3 Emergency rooms | 4-5 Events & support groups | 6 Adaptive and assistive devices a-z N E W S B R I E F S Donors needed to replenish Red Cross blood supply The American Red Cross needs blood and platelet donors to help restock the blood supply. Severe winter weather across much of the country forced the cancellation of 1,500 Red Cross blood drives, resulting in about 50,000 uncollected blood and platelet donations. There is an urgent need for blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Eligible donors with these blood types are strongly encouraged to make an appointment at their earliest convenience. Did you know • On average, the Red Cross must collect about 15,000 units of blood every day for patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country. • Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days. Nicole and Brady Bruce of Waddell keep an eye on their day-old son, Hudson, who was born at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West. Great expectations How to donate For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org. Expecting? Grand-expecting? A look at what’s new in hospital maternity care Story by Debra Gelbart • Photos by Rick D’Elia LPGA Founders Cup defending champion Stacy Lewis. Scottsdale Healthcare Founders Cup to benefit Scottsdale Healthcare Scottsdale Healthcare has teamed up with the LPGA Founders Cup to donate 100 percent of the proceeds made from Good Any Day Tickets and Weekly Badges purchased for the LPGA Founder’s Cup. The charity ticket program is offering a 25 percent discount on the Good Any Day Tickets and the Weekly Badges. The event will be held from March 18–23 at Wildfire Gold Club at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. Tickets purchased through ScottsdaleHealthcareTickets.org will benefit patient care in the nonprofit Scottsdale Healthcare hospitals. Other proceeds will go toward the LPGA Foundation and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. Among the events being held during the week is Scottsdale Healthcare Day. On Saturday, March 22, Scottsdale Healthcare staff will be on hand to offer free skin cancer and heart-health checks as ticket holders enter the grounds. Whether you’re ‘expecting’ or ‘grand-expecting’, you’ll feel more comfortable about ‘the big event’ if you know the scoop on hospital maternity care. Well-baby nurseries, for example, have all but disappeared in hospitals, said Karon Ford, the director of women’s and infant services at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, a facility that serves residents of nearby Surprise, El Mirage, Peoria, Waddell and surrounding areas. The vast majority of newborns stay with their moms in a setting called ‘couplet care’, she said. Couplet care emphasizes skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby just moments after birth, said Robin Shepherd, the chief nurse officer at Arrowhead Hospital (an Abrazo Health facility) in Glendale. For the most part you’ll only find infants away from their mothers if they require a procedure such as a circumcision, said Lori-Ann Satran, the nurse manager of OB couplet care at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Medical Center. “Through most of the 20th century, healthcare didn’t focus on what was necessarily better for moms and babies,” Ford said, “but what was easier for the staff — keeping newborns all in one place, for example. Now we know that partnering with new parents works tremendously well” [to help parents successfully transition to taking care of the newest addition to their family]. Maternity nurse Elizabeth Gregory, RN, checks in with Nicole Bruce and baby Hudson. At many hospitals, including Banner Del E. Webb, most newborns stay in their mom’s room, not in a separate nursery. What you need to know EDUCATION: Many hospitals offer both pre- and post-birth classes. For example, ‘daddy boot camp’ classes, taught by new fathers and intended just for dads-to-be, are a place for new dads to learn about caring for mom and baby. It’s also a place where they can feel comfortable asking sensitive questions they may have about childbirth and new parenting, said Stacey Piccinati, a certified nurse midwife and the birth consultant for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. Meanwhile, programs like ‘Moms on the Move’ at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea and Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn offer support, social interaction and information for new parents. 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