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Seattle's First Baby of 2014 is a Swedish Baby

January 01, 2014

Congratulations to Niamh O'Connell and Wyatt Powell, who are the proud parents of Seattle’s first baby born in 2014. Killian Powell was born at 12:51 a.m. on Jan. 1 at Swedish First Hill. KING 5 television sat down with the family and gave viewers a sense of what little Killian and his parents can expect over the coming years.

Bellingham Herald Profiles Dr. Mark Reisman, First MitraClip Surgery in Washington

December 31, 2013

The Bellingham Herald recently published an interview with Swedish Heart & Vascular Institute’s Mark Reisman, M.D., as well as his patient Mavis Arfman, recipient of the first MitraClip heart valve device in Washington state. Arfman is a resident of Bellingham.

Happy Holidays - Not

December 28, 2013

I will never forget my first holiday season as an internal medicine resident in Spokane, WA. I learned that the holidays are a nightmare for the medicine service, especially the GI service. Many people don't take their medication during the holidays. The GI service is the worst in that patients with liver disease often drink more and develop major bleeding in their gut. People are depressed and the stress of the holidays puts them over the edge.

We had a resident’s clinic once a week. One of my favorite patients was an 80 year-old gentleman who was as nice of a person as you could meet. He had some moderate lung disease but otherwise was fairly healthy. He was admitted to the hospital on Christmas Eve with respiratory failure. It did not make sense to any of us, as his lung disease was not that severe. We had a whole team working intensely to solve the puzzle. It did not matter. He died two days later. During the course of the hospitalization I found out that his son who lived in Seattle had not invited him over for Christmas and he had become despondent. I have since learned that the will to die is as strong as the will to live.

Swedish Notifies Patients of Omitted Step in Infection Control Process

December 21, 2013

On Dec. 20, Swedish notified 27 patients treated in the same day surgery unit of its First Hill hospital that one of the four steps in an infection prevention protocol for a piece of equipment used in a prostate-related procedure was omitted. Infection control has determined the omission occurred over a three-month period. Because the other steps in the protocol were properly followed, Swedish believes the risk of infection is extremely low. Out of an abundance of caution for our patients, we have directly notified each of them and recommended they receive appropriate testing and evaluation services.

Hearing loss and holiday gatherings

December 16, 2013

Holidays are known for gathering with friends and family to celebrate the season and the passing of another year.  For those with hearing loss, these gatherings can be more stressful than enjoyable. Small groups of people around the room all talking at once about how best to serve the cranberries or the beautiful lights that are decorating homes in the neighborhood can be difficult to hear even with a mild hearing loss.  Working to understand what is being said takes a lot of energy and focus and can result in the feeling of isolation, tiredness and depression.

There are things you can do to help improve your communication during these otherwise festive times.  No matter your hearing abilities, good communication strategies are always helpful when you are talking to others while cooking in a busy kitchen, gathered around the warm fireplace or sitting across the dinner table.  The Better Hearing Institute Read more

How to manage tinnitus (when your ears are ringing)

November 11, 2013

Almost all individuals experience ”transient ear noises,” which is the intermittent sensation of ringing (lasting less than five minutes)— typically in one ear. At times this sensation is accompanied by a sensation of fullness or a momentary change in hearing. When this change is brief, it is a normal phenomenon. If it lasts longer than 5 minutes twice week, you should be evaluated for tinnitus.

4th Annual Holidays at the Hospital at Swedish

November 08, 2013

We hope you can join us for a winter wonderland celebration for Swedish Pediatric patients, families, & friends!

This is a free, fun, and festive holiday celebration for the community that will feature:

  • Carolers
  • Photos with Santa
  • Teddy Bear Clinic
  • Cookie decorating
  • Holiday activities and crafts tables
  • Plus, we’ll have a super special guest from the Seattle Sounders, Roger Levesque!

We’ll also be collecting toys for children up to age 18 as well as donations for art supplies and games. Donated items will be given to children at the hospital receiving care and treatment.

Swedish First Hill
1101 Madison, Medical Tower Lobby
Seattle, WA 98122
**Free parking is available on the s...

Why do hearing aids cost so much?

October 14, 2013

Some may be reluctant to pursue amplification based on comments from friends and relatives reporting that hearing aids are “expensive”. These statements can be misleading. The costs associated with amplification upon the initial fitting can sound intimidating, but it is important to consider that the average life expectancy of a pair of hearing aids is 5 to 7 years. Breaking down the cost of amplification over this period is often comparable to a monthly cell phone or cable television bill.

The costs associated with a hearing aid fitting include not only the device itself but also the professional skills and time associated with appropriately fitting the device through verification and follow-up. Verification refers to measurements made to determine that the hearing aids meet a set of standards which includes volume, output, cosmetic appeal, and physical comfort. Using evidence-based practices, real-ear measurements are obtained using a small microphone placed in the ear with the hearing aid to ensure that appropriate volume is provided for different signals (such as speech). If earmolds or custom hearing aids are ordered, it is necessary to ensure that their characteristics (type of tubing, venting, style and material) are appropriate for the degree of hearing loss and physical characteristics of the ear.

Advocating for Your Child with Hearing Loss in the Classroom

October 02, 2013

By now, the new school year is in full swing.  And while it might have started with newly made memories of a great summer, it may also bring new challenges—a new classroom, a new teacher, a new setting.  All parents want the same thing for their children—to be safe, healthy, happy and successful.  But the latter can be more challenging in the educational setting for children with hearing loss of any level.  So, as a parent, how do you ensure that your child with hearing loss succeeds in the classroom?

  1. Understand the impact of hearing loss on learning, and how to manipulate the classroom on your child’s behalf.  Hearing loss, even a minimal degree, can have a significant impact on learning.  Request preferential seating for your child.  Sitting closer to the teacher will help improve the signal-to-noise ratio (or how loud the teacher’s voice is relative to background noises).  This will help make listening and learning...

12th Man Fans: Protect your voice and hearing!

September 13, 2013

The infectious energy of Seahawks fans is part of what makes the team one of the most exciting to watch in the NFL.  This team spirit has caught the attention of Guinness world record officials who are verifying that the “12th Man” fans are the loudest in the NFL.  You can show your support and enjoy being a part of the “12th Man” while taking a few precautions to protect your hearing and your voice during and after the game. 

Swedish Otolaryngology cheers on the Seahawks.

Here are a few tips:

  • Wear hearing protection during the game. 

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