Intermountain Healthcare is a nonprofit health system based in Salt Lake City, Utah that serves the healthcare needs of the residents of Utah and southeastern Idaho. Its mission is to provide clinically excellent medical care at affordable rates in a healing environment. Some of Intermountain’s 23 hospitals include Intermountain Medical Center, Primary Children’s Medical Center, LDS Hospital, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Dixie Regional Medical Center, McKay-Dee Hospital Center.
The Holter monitor works automatically, but you will need to avoid anything that would interfere with the signal it records. You will also need to note information about your symptoms.
Keep the electrodes, wires, and recorder from getting wet. Don’t swim, take a bath, or shower while wearing the...Read More
Deep vein thrombosis is a type of peripheral vascular disease that affects the veins, usually in your legs or feet. A clot (thrombosis) forms inside the vein. The clot can break free and travel to your lungs, where it can cause serious illness or even death. Read More
During spinal nerve decompression surgery (a surgery to take pressure off compressed, or "pinched," nerves in your spine):
1. An anesthesiologist will put you to sleep so you will not feel or remember the surgery. You will also be given antibiotics to help prevent infection.
2. You will be placed...Read More
An autoimmune process is a process in which the body's immune system -- which is responsible for protecting your body from invading illness -- mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Type 1 diabetes results from an autoimmune process that attacks the pancreas, damaging it so it can't produce enough insulin. Read More
Aim for 5 to 8 servings (about 5 to 8 ounces) of grain and other starches every day. Try to make at least half of the servings whole grains. Sample servings (portions) of whole grains include:
- 1 slice of 100% whole grain bread
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice, bulgur, barley, or millet
- 1/2 cup whole
These two tests, bone marrow aspirate and bone marrow biopsy, happen very quickly. After the area is numbed, the doctor places a needle into the bone marrow. The doctor takes aspirate (ASS-per-ate), a small amount of the marrow fluid out. Your child may feel pressure or feel pain very briefly. Then...Read More
Dietary cholesterol is only found in foods that come from animals (meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, and so on). You need cholesterol for your body to function normally. But too much cholesterol in your diet can raise your blood cholesterol -- and increase your risk for atherosclerosis. For this...Read More
Phototherapy lights (often called bililights) are used in the NICU to treat a condition called jaundice. Jaundice is a condition where too much bilirubin in the blood turns your baby’s skin and the whites of his eyes yellow.
If your baby’s bilirubin level rises too high in the NICU, he’ll be placed under...Read More
Illness, injury, and healthcare can be an upsetting experience for children and families. Even a very short stay at the hospital, such as a same-day surgery or an emergency room visit, can be difficult. At these times, your child is faced with many challenges, such as pain and discomfort; separation...Read More
Your muscles must replenish the store of glucose they've used during exercise, and they do this by drawing glucose from the bloodstream. This process can take hours -- which is why you can have hypoglycemia up to 12 hours after exercise, even though blood glucose was normal (or even high) right after...Read More
If a nebulizer is recommended for you or your child, your doctor or asthma educator will provide specific instructions for using it. Here are some general instructions:
1. Fill the medication cup with the prescribed amount of medication(s).
2. Connect the tubing.
3. Sit upright to make deeper...Read More
Suggestions for articles to bring from home for your NICU rooming-in:
- Comfortable clothing
- Toothbrush, comb, personal grooming items
- Alarm clock
- Notepad for writing down questions and taking notes on your infant’s care
- Going-home clothing, including
If iron deficiency is the cause of your anemia, you may be treated in the following ways:
Iron supplements. Be sure to take your iron supplements exactly as directed.
- Iron supplements are absorbed best if taken one hour before meals. Taking them before you eat, though, may give you an upset
How you can prevent RSV infection in your baby:
- Wash your hands with soap and warm water before touching your baby, and ask others to do the same.
- Keep people who have colds away from your baby, including brothers and sisters. Parents or other caregivers who feel ill should wear a mask and
In addition to a syringe, your healthcare providers may have you use an insulin pen. Insulin pens can be more convenient to use. But you have to use them correctly to make sure you're getting the right amount of insulin. Here are the steps to follow:
1. Check the pen before you use it: