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Geri Reichbach, Brookhaven Medical Center.
March 2, 2007 @ 12:00 am EST
This morning we tapped into one of our many hospitals for information on what they saw as their role in their particular community.
Brookhaven Hospital’s Colleen Valdini spoke at LIMBA and told us of specialties that have been developed at the hospital, and also the depth of services in facilities that are not attached to the hospital.
The hospital is a 321 bed facility and employs computerized patient information systems. Each patient is issued a bar code. That bar code is read for properly identifying a patient when dispensing medication. This avoids overmedication as well as contraindications caused by concurrent medications.
The hospital has developed expertise in stroke care. There that takes place when a stroke occurs is reversible if treated quickly. Rehabilitation of a stroke victim is greatly diminished after the first six weeks. They have learned that the rehab efforts must be intense during that period because the rehab results beyond six weeks is small.
Another area of expertise that has been developed at the hospital is the care of diabetes. Brookhaven has establishes several outreach units that serve Coram and two other locations. It is not always convenient for patients to come to the hospital. We expect “state of the art” medicine in large, well endowed colleges, but we are pleasantly surprised when the care we need is available and local.
The hospital owns a hyper baric unit where they can exert pressurized 100% oxygen on wounds that are difficult to heal. The oxygen helps in the topical contact to the wound as well as the inhaled content of the pure oxygen in the blood while the patient is encased in the treatment unit. This unit is being used to help diabetics with wound problems.
Still another expertise has been developed in obesities. Surgically remedied weight loss strategies have many important aspects to be considered. The doctors at Brookhaven have developed the knowledge base needed to perform these procedures with a safe successful record.