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August 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hope for Healing Aria's Broken Heart

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"Are you going to fix Aria's broken heart?" Noah, age 3, and Tristan, age 5, ask their sister's doctors. "They know Aria is really sick," says mom, Tara Grams. It's all still hard for Tara and her husband, Josh, to believe. "We were blindsided," she says. And the last three months have been a whirlwind.

Aria seemed healthy when she celebrated her first birthday back on May 20. Nine days later, however, she "went into cardiac arrest and collapsed," reports the Superior Telegram. Tara performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. Aria was brought to a hospital in Duluth, Minnesota, where an ultrasound "revealed Aria had an enlarged heart." [...]

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Tags: dilated cardiomyopathy, ECMO, heart failure, restrictive cardiomyopathy

August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Mayo's 'Good Author' Award Honors Providers with Mad Dictation Skills

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DrLoftus500Providers at Mayo Clinic's Rochester campus dictate more than 1.6 million medical notes each year. It might seem hard to find a standout performer among all of that activity. But each quarter, the Dictation Quality Recognition Team in Documentation Services honors a "Good Author" who stands out for "dictation skills that contribute to patient safety, quality medical record documentation, and cost-effective transcription." (We were met with blank stares when we suggested they call it, "Best Dictator." Not sure why.)

The goal of the award is to "share appreciation" for Mayo care providers who dictate medical notes using Mayo's best practices techniques, according to Tanja Taff Morello, documentation liaison. And to reinforce that practice. It's  a big deal to the transcription team that sees more than 8 million minutes of dictation from providers each year.
And it's important to patients. "When they create a high-quality audio file using clear dictation and precise instructions, their documentation is clear for all down-stream providers," she tells us. And that, of course, affects the quality of care that Mayo Clinic delivers. [...]

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August 27th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Quote of the day

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"We rise by lifting others."

Robert Ingersoll

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

'Lucky' Fall Leads to Life-Changing Surgery

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TheRoberts805"Noah is our Superhero," Chantill Roberts says as she, her husband, Joe, and son, Noah, enjoyed a recent visit by superhero-costume-wearing window washers at the Mayo Clinic Children's Center in Rochester. Noah, age 3, was enjoying the summer in International Falls, Minnesota, when a chain of events started him on an unexpected adventure. He fell and hit his head while riding his bike. His parents suspected a concussion, but an MRI at a local hospital revealed something even more serious – something they would have not been aware of otherwise.

Doctors discovered Noah had a cancerous tumor on his brain stem. And it was growing. The family was referred to Mayo Clinic, and earlier this month, Noah underwent brain surgery. [...]

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Tags: Cancer, Mayo Clinic Children's Center, Neurosurgery

August 25th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Transplant Success at Mayo Clinic for Father of 'Success Kid'

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SuccessKid500Seven years ago, Laney Griner of Jacksonville, Florida, took a photo of her then-11-month-old son, Sammy, clutching a tiny fistful of sand and looking pretty determined about whatever he was up to. (Mom says he was about to shove it in his mouth.) Laney thought it was just another picture for the family photo album. Instead, the photo launched her son into years of Internet immortality. More recently, it would help raise much-needed funds when his father needed a kidney transplant.

Laney recently told ABC's "Good Morning America" that a couple years after she posted that photo of Sammy on her Flickr page, she saw that it was being used for an "I hate sandcastles" meme, which she didn't particularly like. Later, Sammy's photo was used to launch the hugely popular "Success Kid" memes that Laney now loves. (Okay, we all do.) "Now, it's just out there," she tells "Good Morning America." "At least it's positive." And, she wonders, "Without that happening, how … could I get this recognition about my husband's kidney transplant?"

"Good Morning America" reports that Laney's husband, Justin Griner, first learned he was suffering from kidney failure before Sammy was born. [...]

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Tags: kidney failure, kidney transplant

August 25th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Quote of the day

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"Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me."

Fred Rogers

August 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Patient Comes for Monthly Checkup, Leaves a Smile, Every Time

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For Jason Krekula, his caregivers are more like friends. Most of us don’t necessarily look forward to trips to a hospital or clinic to have our blood tested. But that's life for 43-year-old Jason Krekula. Jason, who was born with Down syndrome, suffered a "cardiac episode" three years ago. He had emergency surgery, but two blood clots remain in his heart, and that means monthly trips to Mayo Clinic Health System — Northland in Barron, Wisconsin. But whatever you do, don't tell Jason that he's not supposed to enjoy this monthly ritual. That’s not going to happen.

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Tags: Hometown Health, Mayo Clinic Health System

August 20th, 2015 · Leave a Comment

Up Periscope: Mayo Uses New Technology to Highlight History and More

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Matt Dacy used Periscope to offer a live, interactive video tour of Mayo Clinic Heritage Hall.It might seem like the gang at the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media has all the fun — trying out new technologies, testing new ideas, using the latest techy slang. Of course, they're also trying new tools in full view of the public. They are, however, quite adept at that. And they know who to go to when they need a sure thing. In this case, we're talking about Matt Dacy, director of Mayo Clinic Heritage Hall.

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Tags: Lee Aase, Matt Dacy, Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media, Renee Ziemer

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