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Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Preparation and Updated CDC Guidelines

The not-for-profit Sutter Health network of doctors, hospitals, home health and other service providers released the following statement in response to newly released guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to the treatment of patients with the Ebola virus and the safety of staff who might care for these patients.

“There is nothing more important than the health and safety of our employees, physicians, patients and communities,” said Sutter Health Chief Medical Officer Gordon Hunt, M.D. “Sutter Health’s Ebola Virus Response Planning Team has taken significant steps to prepare for the screening, isolation and treatment of Ebola patients—and our efforts continue. We’re constantly monitoring updated guidelines from the CDC and others, and we’re incorporating the newest information into our training, protective equipment and response plans. Read More

In Case of Emergency, Carry Personal Medical Records

The 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake is a good reminder that, in an emergency, you may not have access to personal medical records.

In this short video, Jeffery Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses how to prepare for any medical emergency.

Learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

DCIS: What is “Stage Zero” Breast Cancer?

???????????????This year nearly 227,000 women in the United States will be newly diagnosed with breast cancer, according to estimates by the National Cancer Institute. But thanks to breast cancer awareness campaigns and early detection, more women than ever are getting mammograms and more cancers are being spotted early.

Many women are told they have something called ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the center of the milk-producing ducts. Before universal screening, DCIS was rare. Now DCIS and the less common lobular carcinoma in situ account for almost a quarter of new breast cancer cases — some 60,000 a year. Read More

From Antioch to Castro Valley, Sutter Health Brings Cancer Care to the Community

infusion-159It’s hard to fit everything you need to do into “normal” business hours. That’s why Sutter Health has introduced extended hours for infusion services and screening mammographies.

The infusion center at Alta Bates Summit’s Comprehensive Cancer Center has new patient areas and expanded hours thanks to Better Health East Bay (BHEB), a philanthropic foundation.

BHEB donated $2.4 million to the project, which redesigned the natural-light-filled facility at the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Berkeley. Infusions are available 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 8 a.m.-noon on holidays. Read More

Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Urgent_Care_SHSSR_Elk_Grove_2012_1Knowing what to do when you or someone close to you needs immediate medical attention can be a tricky decision. Most people have heard of the emergency room (ER) but there is another option to consider if the condition isn’t life threatening. Urgent care centers offer some of the same services as emergency rooms, though they differ in several important ways.

In this short video below, Jeffery Leinen, M.D., FACEP, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation Urgent Care Medical Director, discusses the common conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers and life-threatening conditions that require emergency room care. Click here to learn more about Sutter Urgent Care locations in the East Bay including Antioch and Castro Valley.

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For Kids 2 to 8, Nasal Spray Vaccine Brings New Meaning to Flu Shot

fluMistYHP_302x238The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends annual seasonal influenza immunization for anyone 6 months and older.

Starting with the 2014-2015 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control recommends use of the nasal spray vaccine (over the flu shot) for children 2 through 8 years of age when it is available and if the child has had no negative reactions to the vaccine.

“The nasal spray vaccine should be given soon after is it available, usually in October,” says Lisa Swearingen, M.D., a pediatrician with the Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “However, as long as flu viruses are circulating, it’s not too late to get vaccinated.” Read More