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How this new technology is changing lives.

3-D MAMMOGRAPHY WHERE WE ARE WIRELESS MOMS Forget about TV labor  & delivery scenes. Today's childbirths are untethered.


Top clinical staffs require constant training. Simulation training is where it's at.




Welcome to the first edition of the update newsletter! Because of your support, we have been able to bring new technologies to our KCH community, especially regarding women’s health. As a donor, I think it’s important to know where my support goes, and I am happy with my investment. As you read through the newsletter, I’m confident that you will be pleased too. This is the mission of the update. You have our very best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season.

Sincerely, Charlie Brenneman, Chairman of The Foundation for KCH


moms say,

"thank you" As the Labor of Love campaign progressed and the funding was made available, the Foundation moved forward to purchase wireless maternal/fetal monitors for our patients, all because of your generosity. According to the research, in the United States an estimated 71% of women labor in a supine position in a hospital bed, but there is no medical advantage to the mother or baby for bedbound labors. In fact, there are many positive clinical outcomes for mothers who are able to move about during labor. Research shows that freedom of movement may result in shorter labors, more efficient contractions, greater comfort and a reduction in the use of pain medications.

Great things are ahead!

safer and healthier because it does not disrupt the normal physiologic processes. Birth is hormonally designed so that when labor starts the uterine muscle responds to oxytocin. Women then respond to uterine contractions by moving around to reduce their pain. In the ideal scenario, the pain response signals the brain to continue to release more oxytocin and contractions become more effective. In an environment where women feel safe, beta-endorphins Walking during labor facilitates the descent of help a mother respond to pain by using the infant into the pelvis. Standing and coping strategies, one of which is moving moving also helps amother leverage the about. power of gravity, hastening the birth. Movement during labor has also been Movement during labor also helps the uterus characterized as calming and empowering work more efficiently. Being mobile in labor is because the mother has more options to

help her work through the contractions. Moving around may also relieve muscle tension that leads to pain in childbirth. There is also evidence showing that mothers who labor in an upright position have a reduction in abnormal fetal heart rate patterns and a significant reduction in assisted deliveries. The Wireless maternal/fetal monitor pick-ups are comfortable and easily applied, using a peel-and-stick patch that requires no repositioning. So now, because of your gift, mothers-to-be have the flexibility to be up and around during labor, joyously awaiting the birth of their child.




In the movie Apollo 13, we watched as the astronauts went through a series of programmed flight simulations to learn how to deal with system failures. These drills and exercises are the reason why the team successfully returns to earth, despite overwhelming obstacles and complications. Healthcare uses simulation in its practice as well, as today's clinicians train on high-tech mannequins. From basic procedures to rehearsals for highly complex operations, simulation training helps healthcare professionals perfect their craft and enhance patient safety. Medical students train on simulated patients to bridge the gap between the textbook and the patient. More and more, simulation training is used to provide hospital staff with regular hands-on experience that improves clinical outcomes. The benefits are enormous.



For years, KCH has used training mannequins across several medical service areas, including our Birthing Center. After giving birth hundreds of times, our Birthing Center's mannequin will soon be retiring, thanks to generous gifts from donors like you. She will be replaced by "Lucy," or SimMom, the latest innovation in maternal simulation.

VARYING CLINICAL EXPERIENCES: Providing healthcare workers with practical exposure to common scenarios and rare, SimMom combines computer technology with life-threatening complications is an important anatomical accuracy to produce realistic part of sustained growth. scenarios. In doing so, it trains the delivery team to recognize the onset of birth complications, to SHARPENING SKILLS: make correct diagnosis, and to coordinate action By repeating training exercises, clinicians are for improved outcomes. Though obstetric able to maintain tip-top skill levels. emergencies are rare, our team works to prepare for any and all situations. A debrief after a training BUILDING TEAMS: session gives the team another view of the Using realistic, time-pressured events is an delivery and provides an opportunity to discuss effective way to develop protocols and reinforce ways to improve. Because the new mannequin is good communication skills as teams rehearse more technologically advanced than the older one, their effectiveness. the hospital is able to provide cutting-edge training that was previously available only off-site.

enhanced EARLY DETECTION 3-D MAMMOGRAPHY A new perspective for finding breast cancer. No doubt you've heard the mantra, "Early detection saves lives." Mammograms are life-savers.

Women in Knox County now have 3D mammography (tomosnythesis) available to them, thanks to your generosity. This technology helps health care providers to find cancerous breast tumors when they're still too tiny for a woman or her doctor to feel. Women now have a lifesaving head-start on treatment. The difference between standard 2D and 3D mammography isn't in patient experience. It's in the images themselves.

2D image

producing a series of low dose x-ray images. Then, a computer renders digital 2D and 3D images of the breast tissue. These thin, one millimeter slices allow the radiologist to scroll through the images of the entire breast, much like flipping through the pages of a book, providing more detail than previously thought possible. Since the 3D images also reduce the overlap of breast tissue, it is possible for a radiologist to better see through the breast tissue on the mammogram.

3D™ image slices

22% more cancers than 2D mammograms. "We are very fortunate to have 3-D Digital Mammography at Knox Community Hospital -a superior breast imaging technology often found only at the nation's largest hospital centers," says Dr. Robert Konstan, Diagnostic Radiologist at KCH. "Digital tomosynthesis provides more precise and accurate imaging of the breast. It reduces screening recalls due to normal tissue superimposition. 3-D Digital imaging enhances detection of invasive breast cancer at an earlier stage. This allows prompt delivery of treatment and, most importantly, improves survival of those with breast cancer. We are excited to bring this new technology to our community and continue the fight against breast cancer." To date, over 700 women in our area have taken advantage of this new technology.

2D mammography x-rays breast tissue from two angles. In contrast, 3-D mammography produces multiple, threedimensional images, taken from several In addition to enhanced early detection, angles. During a 3-D exam, an X-ray arm 3D mammography also reduces patient sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, callbacks. With conventional 2D digital mammography, the radiologist views all of the breast tissues on a single flat image. This tissue overlap can sometimes make cancers hard to detect. Also, the overlap can also KNOX COMMUNITY HOSPITAL create areas that appear to be abnormal, thus For more information, visit the American requiring the patient to be "called back" for Cancer Society's website at additional testing in order to determine that cancer is not present. These traumatic false Stay Connected! positives are very stressful for the patient and We ♼ to hear from you! has made a also add to the expense of the treatment. p 740.393.9602 STEPFORWARD! Studies have shown that 3D mammography e DONATE ONLINE! reduces call back by 15% while detecting


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