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Stuffed animal toy drive this week at UT Medical Center

Student organizations on Health Science Campus are accepting stuffed animal donations this week.

New stuffed animals can be dropped off between noon and 2 p.m. through Friday, Dec. 8, in the Four Seasons Bistro at UT Medical Center.

Monetary donations also will be accepted.

All proceeds will be used to purchase stuffed animals for pediatric patients at the UTMC Emergency Department.

A member of the Satellites Auxiliary tied UT ribbons on stuffed animals that will be given to children in the UT Medical Center Emergency Department.

Satellites to hold book fair Dec. 4-6

Stop by the Satellites Auxiliary’s Collective Goods Book Fair, which will take place Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 4-6, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

The sale will be held Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“There will be more than 400 books for all age groups and all categories,” said Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites Auxiliary.

“And there’ll be last-minute gift ideas for smart shoppers,” she added.

Toys, electronics, gadgets and more also will be for sale.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

Profits will benefit campus scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary promotes education, research and service programs; provides support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conducts fundraising events; and offers volunteer services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Preparing medical labs to assess bioterrorism agents topic of Nov. 17 workshop

The University of Toledo Department of Biological Sciences will host a workshop titled “Agents of Bioterrorism: Sentinel Training for Clinical Laboratories” Friday, Nov. 17, in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories.

The workshop will provide an overview of the sentinel clinical laboratory’s role in the identification of primary agents of bioterrorism and will emphasize how to safely handle suspect organisms in clinical specimens and cultures.

Participants will include microbiologists in the northwest Ohio region, including practitioners at UT Medical Center, Mercy Health System and ProMedica Health Systems.

“Currently, very few labs in northwest Ohio are qualified to handle samples contaminated with bioterrorism agents,” said Dr. Bruce Bamber, associate professor and chair of the UT Department of Biological Sciences. “Protocols must be in place for the rapid and safe collection, handling, analysis, transport and storage of samples. Increasing the number of qualified medical testing laboratories increases the speed and effectiveness of our response to potential bioterrorism attacks in the northwest Ohio region.”

The Ohio Department of Health is hosting this workshop at various locations throughout the state to train practitioners of medical laboratory testing to respond safely and effectively to potential bioterrorism attacks.

“There is a clear need for expertise in the area of how to handle requests, handle specimens, identify potential bioterrorism agents, and report back to response agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Homeland Security, the Ohio Department of Health, and the patient’s physician,” Bamber said. “This expertise is needed to maintain a high state of general preparedness in case a bioterrorism attack takes place.”

The event is co-sponsored by the National Laboratory Training Network and the Ohio Department of Health Laboratory.

UT participating in Great American Smokeout Nov. 16

In an effort to end smoking and raise awareness about the dangers of tobacco use, The University of Toledo is joining the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout Thursday, Nov. 16.

Sponsored by the UT Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug Prevention Program and UT Pharmacy Services, the University events will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Thompson Student Union on Main Campus and in the UT Medical Center Medical Pavilion near the UTMC Pharmacy on Health Science Campus.

The goal of the events is to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of smoking, as well as provide students, staff and faculty with information on how to quit.

“We want students, faculty and staff to know that the University cares about their well-being. There are many groups and resources on campus that can support those looking to quit smoking, this event helps bring that information to those interested,” said Jocelyn Szymanski, wellness administrator.

On Main Campus, pharmacy staff will be on hand to give carbon monoxide tests to smokers so they can measure their lung capacity and also show the amount of carcinogens that enter their body when they smoke.

Both locations will have tobacco cessation information and other educational materials and handouts.

Another goal of the events for the Great American Smokeout is to remind students, employees, and community members that The University of Toledo is tobacco-free on all campuses.

For more information about the Great American Smokeout, contact Szymanski at jocelyn.szymanski@utoledo.edu.

Satellites’ overnight sale slated for Nov. 13-14

The Satellites Auxiliary’s Carline Leathers sale will start at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, and run continuously through 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

Fashion outerwear, footwear, handbags, accessories and more from Kenneth Cole, Pelle Pelle, Sean John, Steve Madden, Nine West and Anne Klein will be for sale.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.

A portion of the proceeds will patient programs.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

Dana Cancer Center to host lymphedema program Nov. 13

The Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center is hosting “Lymphedema: From Head to Toe,” an evening of education and answers about lymphedema, Monday, Nov. 13.

“Many might not be aware lymphedema can affect those recovering from other types of cancers, venous leg ulcers and chronic wounds, not just breast cancer,” said Renee Schick, manager of Renee’s Survivor Shop in the Eleanor N. Dana Cancer Center. “Lymphedema can also be congenital; this is referred to as primary lymphedema. This program aims to educate and provide answers to those living with this chronic condition.”

Registration will begin at 5 p.m. with the free program starting at 6 p.m.

Guenter Klose, founder of Klose Training & Consulting LLC in Lafayette, Colo., will be the featured speaker. Klose is an internationally known expert on lymphedema therapy. Certified in manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive therapy at the renowned Foeldi Clinic in Hinterzarten, Germany, Klose was instrumental in establishing the field of lymphedema therapy and training in the United States.

In addition, local therapists and lymphedema-product manufacturers will be on hand to share information.

Valet parking is available, and refreshments will be provided.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to eleanorndanacancercenter@utoledo.edu or Renee’s Survivor Shop at 419.383.5243.

UTMC completes Joint Commission accreditation survey

The Joint Commission visited The University of Toledo Medical Center and outpatient facilities and while official results aren’t expected for another week, preliminary findings have been positive.

“We are leaving here today [Oct. 20] with a very thin report – one of the most minimal looking reports we have seen this year,” said Katherine Chamberlain, Joint Commission nurse surveyor and team leader, during the exit interview. “We are exceptionally proud of the good work you have done here. Congrats. It’s a job well done.”

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The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies 21,000 health-care organizations and programs in the United States. The Joint Commission accreditation and certification is a voluntary process that is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

“I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for the enormous amount of work and dedication that contributed to these positive results,” said Dan Barbee, CEO of UTMC. “I am very proud of the efforts of the entire UTMC team.”

UTMC joins Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network

To better serve the people in the Toledo region who suffer from addiction, The University of Toledo Medical Center has joined the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network.

The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the nation’s leading nonprofit treatment provider and its Patient Care Network is the first of its kind in the addiction treatment industry working to address the needs of patients beginning their recovery journey.

“We saw the need and felt the obligation to join the fight against substance misuse that is so prevalent in the Toledo community, the state of Ohio and our nation,” said Dan Barbee, CEO of UT Medical Center. “As a member of the Hazelden Betty Ford Patient Care Network, we will have access to resources, best practices and most-effective treatment approaches that will be invaluable additions to our current care provided in the UTMC Adult Detoxification Inpatient Unit to aid our patients as they work toward a successful, long-term recovery.”

In April, UTMC opened a 10-bed inpatient, acute detox unit for adults ages 18 and older. The unit has treated about 320 patients with a nearly 94 percent program completion rate.

“The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s experience, knowledge and expertise uniquely position us as a ‘center of excellence’ to share our clinical best practices and tools with other leading-edge health-care providers through our innovative Patient Care Network,” said Bob Poznanovich, executive director of business development for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. “We are committed to sharing our multifaceted, evidence-based approach to confronting the opioid crisis with states like Ohio, and our own system benefits mightily from collaborating with other leading-edge health-care providers like The University of Toledo Medical Center.”

As a member of the Patient Care Network, UTMC will gain access to tools, resources and collaborative consultation for its leadership, staff, patients, families and communities. This is especially timely as the opioid crisis places added pressures on hospital systems, substance use disorder treatment providers, primary acute mental health providers, and other specialty providers across the country.

To learn more, visit hazeldenbettyford.org/professionals/patient-care-network.

UTMC focuses on hand hygiene for infection prevention

In recognition of International Infection Prevention Week, The University of Toledo Medical Center is going back to the basics of infection prevention by focusing on proper hand hygiene.

UTMC’s “Wash in-Wash out” hand hygiene policy states employees should perform hand hygiene with traditional soap or water, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, or waterless antimicrobial hand gel, spray, wipes or foam before and after they enter a patient room or environment. By doing this, the risk of hospital-inquired infections is significantly reduced.

“Practicing proper hand hygiene is not only the most effective method of preventing the spread of germs, but is the least expensive method to assist with infection prevention efforts,” said Ann Keegan, director of infection prevention and control for UTMC.

The hospital’s current compliance rate is 79 percent, which exceeds the goal of 75 percent.

“If everyone holds themselves and their colleagues accountable for proper hand hygiene, we can increase our observed compliance and decrease transmission of infections,” Keegan said.

The World Health Organization recommends these five moments to perform hand hygiene:

• Before touching a patient;

• Before clean/aseptic procedures;

• After body fluid exposure/risk;

• After touching a patient; and

• After touching patient surroundings.

“Keeping patients safe from infection is everyone’s responsibility,” Keegan said. “By continuing to practice proper hand hygiene, we promote a safe environment and are decreasing the possibility of spreading infections throughout our facility.”

UTMC sponsors Walk to End Alzheimer’s Oct. 14 on Main Campus

The University of Toledo Medical Center is sponsoring the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimer’s Saturday, Oct. 14, on Main Campus.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and the ceremony and walk will begin at 10 a.m. on Centennial Mall.

Two teams will represent UT and UTMC: the Lab Rats, led by Dr. Isaac T. Schiefer, UT assistant professor of medicinal chemistry and associate director of the Shimadzu Laboratory for Pharmaceutical Research Excellence, and Senior Behavioral Health, led by Kim Kross, community education manager for Senior Behavioral Health at UT Medical Center.

Schiefer is the 2017 walk chairman. He is the recipient of the Alzheimer’s Association’s $100,000 New Investigator Research Grant to support his work to develop an Alzheimer’s drug.

“I am very grateful to be chair of this year’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s,” Schiefer said. “My research is focused on exploring ways to improve memory and maybe find a cure for this debilitating disease.”

Schiefer, a synthetic organic chemist, has developed a prototype molecule that improves memory in mice. He is studying the drug characteristics of the prototype molecule, which was designed to increase brain-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as BDNF. It is the first step toward a drug that could be given to Alzheimer’s patients.

To join one of the University’s teams, visit the Alzheimer Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Toledo region web page here.