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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2014) — The Kentucky Children's Hospital's Division of Adolescent Medicine has launched a pilot program that will offer school-based health services to teenagers in Harrison County.
Modeled after similar programs initiated by the division in Lincoln and Boyle counties, the Harrison County program is designed to connect students with an in-school health care provider who can address issues including suicide, sexual activity, depression, violence, drugs and social pressures. Through the program, a doctor from UK Adolescent Medicine will see students during school hours twice a month and a UK adolescent counselor will visit with students once a week.
Dr. Hatim Omar, chief of the division, gave a presentation on teen health during a forum in Harrison County last year. The forum was held in response to three consecutive suicides committed by Harrison County High School students. Since the forum, Omar has worked with school board officials and Passport Health insurance company to start up a school-based health program.
As part of the program, school officials will conduct a health screening of the entire student population to identify at-risk teens and inform students that help is available at school. With this program, students won't have to miss school or travel long distances to receive attention from a UK health care provider.
"We at UK HealthCare are really committed to people who want to help the state as a whole," Omar said. "We’ve been advocating school-based centers since I came to this state – and we continue to find ways to do it."
On Oct. 31, Omar led a training session in Harrison County for teachers and volunteers who will meet with students one-on-one to screen for health risks. The screening will take place throughout the month of November. The screening will be repeated at the beginning of every school year to measure health risks and the progress of the program. Omar said through this program, the Harrison County community has invested in the development and well-being of their youth.
"They're the same issues you see in teens anywhere in the state," Omar said of Harrison County. "To make a change in any place, we need healthy well-adapted kids. We help teens to be more resilient, which make them more likely to succeed."
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2014) — As the last point of contact in the process of purchasing a car at the Lexus Store of Lexington, business manager Tonja King works with customers on financing options.
Before all the paperwork is complete, King offers customers the chance to drive away with another brand new car through Lexus for the Little Ones, a car raffle sponsored by her employer that raises funds for Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH). For King, a mother whose 1-year-old daughter underwent surgery at KCH in 2006, selling the raffle tickets is a way of giving back to the nurses, doctors and staff who treated her daughter with care and compassion during a stressful time.
In 2005, King's daughter Sydney was born with a lesion the size of a quarter on the back of her head. The lesion was an accumulation of skin cells and glands that had formed while Sydney was developing in the womb. King's Lexington pediatrician recommended pediatric surgeon Dr. Henry Vasconez at KCH perform a surgery to remove the lesion, which would reduce the risk of cancer and correct a cosmetic problem that prohibited hair growth in the area.
At the age of 1, Sydney was admitted to KCH for the surgery. King recalls the nurses keeping Sydney distracted from the surgery by pushing her around in a little racecar.
"She spent enough time with them that she thought they were the greatest and funniest things ever," King said of the KCH nursing staff.
King recalls her daughter, who was attached to her mother, trusting the nurses as the elevator doors closed on the way down to surgery. For King, it was an emotional time made easier on her family by a caring group of nurses. Now, at age 10, Sydney wears a ponytail in the spot of the lesion.
One raffle ticket holder will win a brand new 2014 Lexus ES 350 from The Lexus Store of Lexington. But every raffle ticket purchased for Lexus for the Little Ones contributes to improving facilities for children receiving treatment at KCH.
Owners of The Lexus Store of Lexington hope to raise more than $300,000 for hospital renovations in the next few years through Lexus for the Little Ones. In its inaugural year, the raffle raised $100,000 for KCH, which prompted The Lexus Store of Lexington to sponsor the new Ocean Pod, a section of aquatic-themed patient rooms that is currently under renovation.
“Giving back to the community has always been an important part of our business, and who better to support than KCH, the pediatric care center that takes care of Kentucky’s kids,” said Lexington businessman Rick Avare, co-owner of The Lexus Store of Lexington.
Raffle tickets are $100 each and can be purchased online at www.givetokch.org/lexus, in person by visiting the Lexus dealership on 1264 E. New Circle Road, or by contacting the KCH Development office at (859) 257-1179. There is no limit on the number of tickets purchased, and ticket holders do not have to be present to win. The drawing will be held at 1 p.m. in Pavilion A of the UK Chandler Hospital on Nov. 20.
“Community partners like The Lexus Store of Lexington support KCH in its commitment to providing top-notch facilities for our patients,” Dr. Carmel Wallace, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at KCH, said. “Thanks to the fundraising success of Lexus for the Little Ones, we are in the process of upgrading patient rooms. We are grateful for The Lexus Store’s efforts, and to everyone who buys a tickets to benefit Kentucky’s kids.”
The KCH Development Office welcomes groups or individuals who would like to sell raffle tickets to family, friends and colleagues. If your group is interested, please contact Chloe Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2014) — Children will dive into classic storybooks like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Charlotte’s Web during A Cat’s Tale Storybook Festival on Oct. 17 and 18 at the University of Kentucky Arboretum.
As they walk around the scenic Arboretum, children will engage in fun games, arts and crafts, and other activities at storybook-themed stations. During the first annual festival, children can also listen to a storyteller and have their books signed by local children’s authors. Many books will be available for purchase during the festival. Children are invited to come out in costume and collect free treats during the festival.
A Cat’s Tale will be open to the public from 2 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 17. On Oct. 18, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $5 per child, and children younger than 2 are free.
All proceeds from the event will support Child Advocacy Today, an alliance of medical and legal professionals who work to improve child welfare in Kentucky by addressing the social and environment determinants of health. The organization, which partners with Kentucky Children’s Hospital, provides assistance to income-eligible families confronted with issues affecting the health of children.
For more information about A Cat’s Tale, visit www.childadvocacytoday.org.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2014) – UK HealthCare will host a special symposium to mark a major anniversary: 50 years of transplantation on Friday, Oct. 24,
The UK Transplant Center is celebrating its five decades of transplant innovation, expertise and patient-centered compassionate care at UK with presentations by some of the top transplant specialist in the country.
The following featured speakers will give presentations:
Presenters will be joined by speakers from the UK medical staff including Dr. Roberto Gedaly, chief of abdominal transplant surgery; Dr. Charles Hoopes, director of the Transplant Center; and Dr. Jay Zwischenberger, chair of the Department of Surgery.
The symposium begins at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast and concludes at noon. All remarks will be held in the Pavilion A auditorium of UK Chandler Hospital.
This event is free, but registration is required. To register, please contact Debbie Cruse at email@example.com or call (859) 218-4021 for more information.
LEXINGTON, KY. (Oct.13, 2014) -- If you're a parent of a young child, the next time you and your child sit down to read a simple book like Goodnight Moon,or Pat the Bunny, consider the value you are adding to your child's life.
Reading to young children helps improve school performance in both reading and math. According to the National Education Association, young children who are read to frequently are more likely than their peers to count to 20, write their own names and actually read. Studies show that children who read for fun perform better in school and achieve higher reading scores. Literacy is also linked to financial and professional success later in life.
However, many American children aren't getting early exposure to reading. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that only 53 percent of children ages 3 to 5 are read to daily by a family member. Children in families with incomes below the poverty line are even less likely to be read to every day.
Illiteracy hinders productivity and health in adulthood. One study from the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine found that low literacy skills are associated with poor physical and mental health in adults. According to a survey from the U.S. Department of Education, 14 percent of American adults cannot read and 21 percent of American adults read below the fifth grade reading level. Even more startling, 19 percent of high school graduates cannot read.
As a pediatrician at Kentucky Children's Hospital, I am especially interested in the link between poor health outcomes and low reading levels. A child's brain goes through its most critical period of development and growth during the first five years of life. Pediatricians are now championing early reading because we know it impacts social and language skills. Providers at UK HealthCare and across Kentucky are handing out books to children ages 6 months to 5 years old at their Well Child Visits through the Reach Out and Read program.
Still, parents and caregivers have the most influence on a child when it comes to early reading. Parents should encourage daily reading time and make it a fun activity. Talk about pictures and let your child turn the pages of a book. Choose books about things your child can relate to, like visiting the doctor, petting a puppy or going to preschool. Ask your child questions about the story.
Parents and children are invited to A Cat's Tale Storybook Festival at the University of Kentucky Arboretum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 18. Children will engage in storybook-themed activities as well as book signings from local children's authors. The cost is $5 per child and all proceeds support child advocacy and justice efforts. For more information, visit www.childadvocacytoday.org.
For more tips, visit www.reachoutandread.org.
Dr. Kimberly Northrip is a pediatrician at Kentucky Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky.
This column appeared in the Oct. 12, 2014, edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 2, 2014) — After Cony Puac delivered her daughter Evany, birthing attendants placed the newborn in her arms and cleared the room.
Born in a remote Guatemalan village surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes, even in the first moments of life, children born with facial clefts are ostracized from society. Evany was diagnosed with a severe midline cleft palate by an orthodontist in her community. An opening at the center of her face spanned from her bottom lip to the space between her eyes. On either side of the opening, her eyes were separated by 38 centimeters — 20 centimeters wider than that of an average child's. Evany's nostrils were pushed to the left side of her face in cluster of tissue. At the crown of her head, Evany suffered from several holes in the cranium bone beneath the skin.
Evany also lacked an upper lip, which she needed to receive nourishment early in life through breastfeeding. In order to feed Evany, her parents obtained special bottles designed for children with severe cleft palates from a charity called Evelyn's Baskets of Love and Life. Adapting to her condition, Evany learned to feed herself without a palate by mashing solid foods with her fist and the inside of her mouth. As she continued to grow in her first year, the facial cleft impeded Evany's speech development. Only able to form sounds in the back of her throat, she replaced the word "Papa" with the sound of "a-a."
University of Kentucky pediatric reconstructive plastic surgeon Dr. James Liau said children born with craniofacial cleft palates in countries with limited medical resources are deprived of the chance to live a normal life. Facial clefts and cleft palates are widely misunderstood abnormalities that affect babies across countries and cultures, although environmental conditions and hereditary factors could contribute to the condition. At the University of Kentucky, Liau helps counsel families that have severe facial clefts while babies are still in the womb, and he intervenes as soon as possible after birth. In Guatemala, most rural populations don't have access to surgical experts who can correct these facial abnormalities in children.
"I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to do what I can do," Liau said. "In Guatemala, that's it. Your child dies, or you try to find someone overseas that can help you. It's sad, but it's an unfortunate fact of life."
Liau travels to Guatemala once a year with the Children of the Americas, a nonprofit dedicated to providing medical and surgical services to women and children in rural Guatemala. Liau packs a small surgical kit to perform cleft lip and palate surgeries during his volunteer trips in conjunction with other medical professionals. When he encountered Evany and her family during a trip in January 2014, he knew that correcting Evany's condition would require a major procedure that couldn't safely be performed in Guatemala.
"Her case was pretty severe and pretty dramatic," Liau said of Evany's facial cleft. "It's probably one of the most exotic facial clefts that you'll ever see."
Working with a national network of doctors and volunteers, Children of the Americas, arranged for Evany and her mother to travel to the UK Chandler Hospital for the first, and the most intensive, of three reconstructive surgeries. Evany's craniofacial surgery involved a team of UK HealthCare specialists representing the divisions of anesthesiology, pediatric neurosurgery and pediatric plastic surgery.
Cony Puac and 18-month-old Evany arrived in Kentucky on May 12 and visited the UK Chandler Hospital for a pre-surgery cat scan on May 23. While in the waiting room, the new walker clanged a tambourine and grinned while playing games, oblivious to the impending surgery. Puac, 19, quietly sat with translator Jennifer Christmann, who is also interim director of facilties planning and development at UK HealthCare and volunteers with Children of the Americas.
Puac traveled away from her husband and 3-year-old son in Guatemala to accompany Evany through the surgery. A volunteer family based in New Albany, Indiana, hosted the Guatemalan mother and daughter for several weeks before and after the surgery. While Puac's host family treated her to shoe shopping and Culver's cheeseburgers, she said she missed her home and family.
"She knows she is here for a purpose," Christmann said.
On May 30, Evany underwent a cranial vault reconstruction at the UK Chandler Hospital to bring the orbits of her eyes closer together. Liau worked with UK HealthCare pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Pittman to correct Evany's cranial bone structure, laying the groundwork for future soft tissue surgeries. During the surgery, Liau and the plastic surgery team removed a part of her skull, and then united the facial bones at the location where they plan to reconstruct Evany's nose. Evany was held in the pediatric intensive care unit for a few days as part of post-operative protocol.
Walking with more confidence in an examination room two weeks after surgery, Evany recovered with her same playful and sweet spirit as before, which Liau said was a good sign. Her hair would eventually cover a scar left from a line of stitches marking the incision made at the crown of her head. With the adjustments to the orbits of her eyes, Evany was now seeing straight ahead. She inspected Liau as he held her in his lap, speaking in Spanish and calling her "sweet pea." Mom, Cony Puac, was overwhelmed with gratitude to Liau and the surgical team.
"It’s a big change, and I am very happy that she’s changed." Puac said of her daughter through a translator. "I am very happy (Liau) did such a good job. I am very appreciative and very thankful to him."
Liau said moving the cranial and facial bones into place was the hardest step in Evany's journey. The next two surgeries, which will be performed by Liau in Guatemala, will involve reconstructing the soft tissue features of Evany's face. Liau will use existing tissue to construct Evany's nose and upper lip during the second surgery in January. He will return the following year to perform a procedure that will rebuild the palate. Through the course of two years and three surgeries, Liau hopes to achieve the closest semblance to "normal" for Evany. He believes all children deserve a chance to live a normal life.
"A cleft palate should not keep you from having a healthy, normal, productive life," Liau said. "We are at a stage in cleft care when you should just continue on with what you're supposed to be doing, which is to be happy and have a family and have a life. The ability to do that either here in Kentucky or overseas is something I'm really happy to have."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 24, 2014) — There is a phone call Point of Care Ultrasound Director and Assistant Emergency Medicine Program Director Dr. Matthew Dawson will never forget.
While he was a medical resident in Utah, his father Stewart Dawson, then the chaplain for the Lexington Fire Department, called to ask him about a bispectral index monitor – more commonly called a BIS monitor.
His father had helped to organize Lexington’s “Race to Remember” as a tribute to those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. The money raised in the event would go to meet the needs of Kentucky Children's Hospital (KCH), and that monitor was on their wish list.
The firefighters ended up donating money to go toward the monitors, which help anesthetists and caregivers measure an indication of patients' consciousness while under anesthesia. UKNow reported on the donations back in 2010.
Dr. Dawson hadn’t heard of the piece of equipment and says he really didn’t give the conversation any more thought.
Fast forward a couple of years later, when Matthew Dawson, and his wife, Dr. Kristin Dawson, and their two children are living in Lexington.
When their daughter Avery was an infant, she suddenly became very ill and was admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at KCH.
“She was ventilated for six days before we knew exactly what was wrong with her,” said Kristin Dawson, who most recently completed her child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UK. “It was an incredibly scary and difficult time for our family.”
As little Avery fought an eventual diagnosis of infant botulism, the staff at KCH utilized a piece of equipment that Matthew Dawson had never seen before. But he immediately recalled hearing about it.
“I remembered that conversation with my father, and I never thought I would hear about it again, until the day they brought it into Avery’s room,” Matthew Dawson said.
The BIS monitor, that same piece of equipment his own father had been so interested in, was now being used to treat the Dawsons' daughter.
Watch the video above to discover how an act of philanthropy spearheaded by a grandfather would end up directly helping his own granddaughter at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
The Lexington Fire Department still holds the race each September in its efforts to give back to children being treated at KCH.
For more information on the race and its history of giving back, visit:
For more information about giving to Kentucky Children’s Hospital, visit: http://www.givetokch.org/home/.
This video feature is a “Big Blue Family” follow up to a story UKNow first published in May about the Dawsons, who you may remember are a couple who met at the William T. Young Library and married while attending the UK College of Medicine.
This story is part of a special new series (see video below) produced by UKNow focusing on families who help make up the University of Kentucky community. There are many couples, brothers and sisters, mothers and sons and fathers and daughters who serve at UK in various fields. The idea is to show how UK is part of so many families’ lives and how so many families are focused on helping the university succeed each and everyday.
Since the "Big Blue Family" series is a monthly feature on UKNow, we invite you to submit future ideas. If you know of a family who you think should be featured, please email us. Who knows? We might just choose your suggestion for our next feature!
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 15, 2014) — Every year, car crashes are a major cause of death for Kentucky children of all ages and the leading cause of death in children older than 4. So far this year, 13 Kentucky children younger than 16 have died in crashes, and at least 17 in this age group died in 2013. Booster seats and car seats are the most effective tools for protecting children from injury and death during a crash.
During National Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 14-20, pediatric experts at UK HealthCare are driving home the message about the importance of buckling children into age-appropriate safety seats. While car seats and boosters have helped reduce the rate of child deaths during the past decade, pediatrician Dr. Susan Pollack said many more deaths and injuries could be prevented if caregivers take the time to secure their young passengers correctly on every ride.
"We know that many children are saved every year, even in serious crashes, by being properly restrained and protected," Susan Pollack, who is also the director of pediatric and adolescent injury prevention at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, a joint effort of UK and the Kentucky Department for Public Health. "The knowledge and the equipment exists to save almost all the children who die in crashes, but only with the help of parents, guardians and other caregivers can we really make this happen."
Children ages 2 to 6 in a car seat are 28 percent less likely to be killed in a motor vehicle crash than if they were only wearing an adult seat belt. Children ages 4 to 7 are 59 percent less likely to be injured in a crash if they are in a belt-positioning booster seat rather than just a seatbelt.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend rear-facing travel for passengers younger than the age of 2. After 2, a child will be best protected in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness. When a child outgrows a car seat, a booster seat is the next step. Booster seats simply boost a child to the height at which an adult seat belt will fit properly. Booster seats must be used with lap-shoulder belts, not with lap belts alone. Putting a shoulder belt behind the arm or back creates a lap-only belt, leaving the wearer with no upper body protection. Head and spinal cord injuries can result in an accident, leading to paralysis or death.
New AAP recommendations caution parents for best safety to stay at each stage until a child’s growth makes a move to the next step necessary. Kentucky law currently requires booster seats for children up to age 7 and between 40-50 inches in height (3-foot 4-inches to 4-foot 2-inches), but the national standard for safety requires booster seat use until a child reaches 4-foot 9-inches, which usually occurs between ages 8 and 12. Every state surrounding Kentucky requires that a booster seat be used until age 8 or 4-foot 9-inches. After graduating from a booster seat, using seat belts properly on every ride is the best protection for children and teens.
"Many of our teen traffic deaths could be prevented by the use of seat belts," Pollack said. "Together, we can make a difference for the safety of our children."
UK HealthCare pediatric professionals will be involved this week at two community car seat checks. Dr. Pollack will assist Bracken and Lewis County health departments with a free car seat check at the Lewis County Health Department on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 3 to 6 p.m. She serves as coordinator for Kentucky State Safe Kids, a program supported by the Department for Public Health/Division of Maternal and Child Health through its Injury Center contract to assist local health departments in their injury prevention efforts.
Fayette County Safe Kids, coordinated by Sherri Hannan and supported by Kentucky Children's Hospital, will hold a car seat check at Buy Buy Baby at Hamburg on Monday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. Pollack and Hannan work together to educate the public about child passenger safety.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 3, 2014) — Experts from the University of Kentucky Center on Children and Trauma are transforming the way judges, social workers, attorneys and other officials around the state handle cases involving children exposed to trauma and violence.
The center will host 20 trauma-informed care training sessions for interdisciplinary groups of professionals, including judicial, legal, administrative and child advocacy workers. The trauma-informed care curriculum addresses how violence impacts a child's brain, opportunities for professional intervention, integration of the trauma-care framework in the judicial system and making recommendations based on a child's trauma history.
The center received a $230,000 grant from the Children's Justice Act to disseminate this valuable training to professionals who provide a variety of services to children and families exposed to trauma.
The Children’s Justice Act Taskforce, chaired by attorney Perry Arnold, oversees the project.
The statewide series kicks off with the first training on Sept. 3 at General Butler State Park in Carrollton, Kentucky. The training will instruct 80 professionals from Trimble, Shelby, Oldham and surrounding counties to apply the trauma-informed care principles to their roles working with children.
Trainings will be assigned to clusters of counties around the state for the next two years and are open to any professional working with maltreated children. Organizers said the program will reach more than 1,000 child service professionals in Kentucky by the end of 2015. Trainings will be led by UK child trauma specialists and include case analyses and a participant evaluation.
Based on a Centers for Disease Control study, an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), or instance of neglect, abuse or maltreatment, correlates with a multitude of psychology, behavioral and health problems later in life. Ginny Sprang, principal investigator on the grant and executive director of the Center on Trauma and Children, said many judicial, legislative and administrative professionals don't understand the impact of a traumatic experience on a child's life. Trauma-informed care is necessary because traditional service approaches can exacerbate the traumatic experience in a child's memory, causing further harm. Applying the trauma framework to cases will improve the level of care for children around the state.
"Children and adults who have dealt with abuse begin to frame their lives around avoiding memories of the event," Sprang said. "Their lives become consumed with managing the way they feel. Until you understand that, it's hard to make decisions if you are a judge or a child abuse professional."
Sprang said the training will show professionals how violence or maltreatment can alter the course of a child's life. In Kentucky, reports of child abuse have risen by more than 25,000 in the past five years. According to a report from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, in fiscal year 2013, more than 17,800 children were victims of abuse or neglect. Many open cases of abuse affect children living below the poverty line and with an adult family member with a history of abuse or trauma.
"Right now, the way the system looks at kids who are involved in everything from child protection services to juvenile justice is, 'What is wrong with this kid?'" Sprang said. "We are trying to shift perspectives. Instead of people saying, 'What is wrong with you?' we want people to say, what has happened to you?"
The UK Center on Children and Trauma is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and the dissemination of information.
For more information about the training, visit www.uky.edu/CTAC.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Aug. 21, 2014) — Two Kentucky Children's Hospital critical care doctors are contributing a series of expert articles addressing best practices for transporting pediatric patients to an international trade publication.
Pediatric critical care specialists Dr. Scottie Day and Dr. Asha Shenoi recently published their first article titled, Pediatric Airways: Children are Not Small Adults, in AirRescue Magazine, a publication that contains relevant information for emergency air rescue and air ambulance professionals. In the first of three articles, Day and Shenoi identified the anatomical and physiological differences in child and adult airways, and advised colleagues on how to manage pediatric airways during air transport. Although pediatric emergencies are not as common as adult emergencies, many critical care providers aren't aware of age-specific considerations for administering emergency care to a child.
"A lot of people assume pediatric patients are small adults, and that's wrong," said Day, who serves as the director of pediatric critical care and director of the pediatric/neonatal transport team known as Kentucky Kids Crew at Kentucky Children's Hospital. Co-author Shenoi is an assistant professor of pediatric critical care at UK and a national leader in pediatric critical care education.
Day was approached by magazine editors after speaking on the topic at the 2013 Air Medical Transport Conference. The publication is dispersed to air rescue professionals as well as policy makers around the world and covers areas including medical care, air transport technologies and maintenance, and transport policies. Day and Shenoi are pediatric consultants to the magazine.
"It's great for not only our division, but for Kentucky Childrens Hospital," Day said. "We're shaping the context by which air medical professionals are trained to take care of critically ill children all over the world. It's fun and an honor to do — you know you are teaching skills to possibly save a child’s life.”
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 23, 2014) — University of Kentucky medical residents, fellows and faculty members packed into a classroom next to the medical center library on July 16 to practice fundamental newborn resuscitation maneuvers on baby mannequins.
The Helping Babies Breathe training didn't teach these pediatric professionals anything new — they were all familiar with the process of drying, suctioning and ventilating a newborn with breathing problems. The purpose of the session was to take doctors through a step-by-step curriculum so they could become effective teachers of life-saving newborn resuscitation skills.
With these afterhours training sessions, the number of health professionals trained through the Helping Babies Breathe program is growing exponentially at University of Kentucky. Residents on the UK Global Health Track are sharing the curriculum with fellow residents, faculty pediatricians and nurses who volunteer as health professionals in developing countries where medical resources are limited. The Helping Babies Breathe curriculum, an initiative of the American Academy of Pediatrics, emphasizes a basic skill set that includes temperature support, breathing stimulation and assisted ventilation as needed during the critical "golden minute," the one-minute period immediately after birth.
After an initial group of residents received Helping Babies Breathe training at the University of Cincinnati in January, residents brought the curriculum back to UK. While medical professionals who complete the training do not receive an official certificate, they are listed as instructors on the Helping Babies Breathe website and encouraged to pass their training on to others in their profession. A group of residents and two faculty members received the peer-administered training at UK before traveling to Ecuador in May through UK Shoulder to Shoulder Global, a medical brigade that seeks opportunities to improve health of underserved communities around the world. There, the team used their training at a UK-supported health clinic to teach birthing attendants necessary measures to ensure babies are breathing at birth. A total of 36 residents, nurses and faculty members at UK have received the training to date.
Dr. Thomas Young, a professor of pediatrics at UK, helps coordinate international service trips for residents and faculty. A group of faculty and residents will hold training sessions in Ecuador next month and two medical residents are taking the curriculum to Zambia in January 2015. He said UK residents have joined a movement to spread a life-saving skill set across the world, and are enhancing their own medical expertise while doing it.
"This was a really exciting concept in getting our learners involved in teaching others," Young said. "The ultimate goal is to reach all those who deliver babies. There are a lot of parts in the world that don't have hospitals, and a lot of hospitals do not have skill set to do basic resuscitation."
Rachel Thomas, a third-year resident on the Global Health Track who conducted a training in Ecuador, said many of the birthing attendants were excited to learn new skills through the curriculum. She worked with a nurse who served as the only birthing attendant for an entire village. Even with her experience position, the nurse struggled to place a ventilation mask on the mannequin baby during the training.
"It was interesting to see she was the only nurse in the town, and she couldn’t do a simple task like that," Thomas said. "After working with her, she did well and she was so excited."
Joelle Paulozzi, the chief resident at UK, was also involved in the training of 24 birthing attendants in Ecuador. She said while most births go well, the residents are helping with the one case out of 10 when the baby experiences breathing complications. Paulozzi said spreading knowledge and watching trainees master important skills was a rewarding experience.
"Things like this build your confidence and make you feel better about what you do every day," she said.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 18, 2014) — An array of motorized eye candy will be on display for automotive lifestyle enthusiasts this weekend during the 10th anniversary of the Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, an annual fundraiser for Kentucky Children's Hospital.
Located at Keeneland race course, the event will showcase about 130 immortalized vintage models, flashy foreign racers, rare collector's cars and other legendary motorized vehicles, including trucks, mini cars and motorcycles. In addition to the Concours d'Elegance competition on July 19, the four-day event schedule includes a bourbon tour, a hangar bash, a silent auction and a Tour d'Elegance across the Bluegrass.
On July 19, automobiles will be judged for historical accuracy, presentation and cleanliness during the Concours d'Elegance. To celebrate its 10th year running, this year the Concours will feature the Winners' Circle Reunion, a display of winning vehicles from the past 10 years. Iconic makes like Maserati, Duesenberg, Stutz, Maxwell, Pierce-Arrow, Porsche, Lincoln, and Ferrari will be on exhibit. At a special exhibit, visitors can meet with Margaret Dunning, whose 1930 Packard 740 was the first car to win 100 points in the Classic Car Club of America.
"We have an exquisite collection of automobiles that span from the earliest years of the motorcar to future classics," Connie Jones, co-chairman of the event, said. "And every aspect of this event raises funds to help the patients at Kentucky Children's Hospital. It's our mission — and our passion — to help improve health care for Kentucky's children."
Since its debut in 2004, the event has raised $625,000 for Kentucky Children's Hospital. Judging begins and doors open to the public at 9 a.m. July 19. Admission for adults at the gate is $20 and free for children ages 12 and younger. For more information about the event, visit www.keenelandconcours.com.
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 11, 2014) — Named one of TIME magazine's top-10 heroic animals in history, the therapy horse Magic visited the Kentucky Children's Hospital for the first time Thursday, July 10. In the video above, Jorge Garcia-Bengochea, executive director of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, explains why Magic is such a special horse.
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This column first appeared in the June 29 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 2, 2014) -- The Fourth of July is a time for fireworks, festivals and fun - but the holiday also marks the most fatal day of the year for teen drivers. The National Safety Council identifies the 100-day period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the most deadly time of year for teen drivers. Nearly 1,000 fatalities occurred on the roadways during this time period in 2012, and more than half of those killed were teens.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for all teens, and Kentucky has one of the nation's highest rates of teen crashes. Teens constitute 6 percent of Kentucky drivers but are involved in more than 20 percent of traffic crashes and 18 percent of fatal crashes. Kentucky's Graduated Drivers Licensing (GDL) law helps make sure a new driver teen comes home safe and alive. But parents and guardians are the most important link making sure this happens.
1. There is no substitute for driving experience. Inexperience is a major crash risk for all teens, even responsible drivers. Long before a teen drives, they need adult role models who don't speed, wear seatbelts and anticipate moves of other cars. A new driver with a permit should spend at least 50 hours driving with an adult in the passenger's seat in a variety of conditions - on country roads and major highways, in clear and stormy weather, in rain and snow, in daytime and in darkness.
2. Wear your seat belt. More than half of teens killed in car crashes were not wearing theirs.
3. No teen passengers for new drivers. Teens who carry a single teen passenger are 44 percent more likely to be involved in a crash, and the risk increases exponentially for every extra passenger added. Passengers can be as distracting as electronics. Kentucky legally permits family passengers, but being a family member doesn’t reduce the risk.
4. Limit night driving. Crash risk increases after 9 p.m.
5. Ban distractions while driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18 percent of fatal crashes were caused by driver distraction in 2010. Prohibit cellphone use (for calling or texting) while a teen is driving.
6. No tired or hurried driving. Today, teens are busy with school, sports, jobs and social activities. Discourage driving when teens are rushed or running late. Offer them a ride.
6. Set teens up for success. If you give your teen driver an old clunker, be sure the tires, wipers, brakes and headlights are in good condition. It's not realistic to give teens a fast sports car and expect them not to use its speed. Less speedy cars are safer, especially on Kentucky's unforgiving rural roads.
Dr. Susan Pollack is the director of pediatric and adolescent injury prevention at the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center and a pediatrician at Kentucky Children's Hospital.
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