September 2011
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September 2011 posts

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Noise exposure causes permanent hearing loss, and it is 100% preventable!

Hearing loss from noise exposure can occur at any age. Over 36 million Americans experience hearing loss… an amount over four times larger than the entire population of New York City! Over 18 million of those Americans with hearing loss are under the age of 65.

Today’s modern world is full of everyday objects that emit hazardous levels of noise. Exposure to noise louder than 85 dB is considered loud enough to potentially damage hearing. Consider your exposure to these common sounds that exceed 85 dB:

  • 90 dB: Hair dryer, lawn mower
  • 100 dB: MP3 Player at full volume
  • 110 dB: Concerts and sporting events
  • 130 dB: Ambulance

Your hearing can be permanently damaged after exposure from a single event of loud noise. Signs of damage from noise exposure include ringing in the ears, a plugged or “cotton feeling” in the ears and feeling as if others are mumbling while speaking. The use of some medications may make some individuals more susceptible to noise induced hearing loss.

You can prevent damage from noise by limiting your exposure to loud sounds. The following actions can reduce the likelihood of developing hearing loss from noise:

Dr Lily Jung Henson Selected as Chief of Staff at New Swedish/Issaquah Hospital Campus

Say No to Mom Guilt

We moms have all sorts of things we feel guilty about but shouldn’t.

We feel guilty because...

  • We go to work (we feel like we should be home)
  • We stay home (we feel like we should go to work)
  • We play with our kids (we should get the chores done)
  • We work on the chores (we should be playing with the kids)
  • We want some ‘me’ time (we should be spending time with our partner)
  • We want to work out and get back in shape (we should be working, playing with the kids, getting the chores done, and spending time with our partners)

That’s it! We work at work and work at home (and only write our blog at 11pm the night before it’s due after partner and the kids have all gone to bed.)

Mom guilt is a real problem. If you search “Mom Guilt” in Google, you’ll get 12,700,000 results in .2 seconds. This topic is well versed, but they all say the same things:

Should a robot perform your surgery?

Robotic surgery - the term implies some futuristic concept, a la the “Jetsons” or Isaac Asimov. As someone who was a science fiction fan growing up, I never thought I’d actually spend every day of my professional life answering this question.

As a gynecologic oncology surgeon, this is a question I now ask myself every time I pick up a patient’s chart. And the answer more times than not is YES! Why?

Seattle Brain Cancer Walk Raises $930,000 for Cancer Research and Patients

 

Issue 20 - SEIU and Swedish Bargaining Team Reach Tentative Agreement on Meal Rest Breaks

Discussions continue on employee transitions, disciplinary protocol and sick-leave notification

Today, Swedish and SEIU reached a tentative agreement on rest breaks. The tentative agreement includes Service, Tech and RNs and seeks to ensure all employees receive meal and rest periods under agreed-upon guidelines.

The tentative agreement also includes a provision that Swedish would agree to implement an electronic means for tracking missed breaks within six months of the ratification of the Agreement, with a rest break plan developed on a department-level basis within three months of ratification.

Discussions Continue on Many Fronts

Swedish and SEIU continued negotiations on several other issues including: employment transitions between Swedish Edmonds and Swedish Medical Center, disciple and discharge processes, sick-leave notification, floating work groups, and RN committees. The union also outlined questions it had about clinical grouping definitions related to the 4-week training orientation procedures, which Swedish addressed in detail during discussion.

Upcoming Negotiation Meetings

Is it Magic?

What if I were to tell you that a new study was out about something that could make your child smarter, happier and healthier. There are no negative side effects. It’s painless. It’s not injected, ingested, or inhaled.
The benefits:

  • Problem-solving skills are honed
  • Cognitive ability is increased
  • Physical health is improved
  • Social skills are developed
  • If you participate, bonding is improved

This new wonder drug is not a drug at all. It’s something that humans and non-humans have been doing since forever...

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