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Zika Virus Update

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

An update from Mary Clance, MD, hospital epidemiologist: It has now been six months since the epidemic of Zika virus in South America came to the attention of U.S. public health authorities. During that time, the transmission zone has expanded northward from Brazil and now includes more than 25 countries in the Caribbean, South and Central America and Mexico. Local transmission is dependent upon two mosquito species, Aedes aegypti and albopictus, which have been established in the U.S. following importation from overseas. Both are now present in Maryland.

As of June 1, 2016, a total of 21 cases of Zika virus infection have been reported in Maryland. All were acquired in an area of known transmission outside of the U.S.

The West Nile Virus, a related Flavivirus, was imported (by humans) into the U.S. in 1999, and has since become established even though the vector mosquito (Culex) primarily feeds on birds and is less aggressive compared to the Aedes mosquitos, which are aggressive biters that prefer humans.

Considering the magnitude of international travel in this hemisphere, urban crowding, the presence of the vector mosquito adapted to both urban and suburban environments, the fact that most human infections are asymptomatic and therefore undetected, and entry into the summer mosquito season in the northern hemisphere, it is very probable that the Zika virus will become established in the U.S.

Old-fashioned public health measures regarding control of the vector are needed. This includes the removal of stagnant water sources that are mosquito breeding sites and the selective use of pesticides for both larvae and adults. Individual vigilance and tactics to avoid exposure to and bites by mosquitos are especially important this summer.


AAMC Hosts First-Ever Virtual Grand Rounds

by Medical Staff Office on June 23, 2016

The James and Sylvia Earl Simulation to Advance Innovation and Learning (SAIL) Center recently hosted a first-of-its-kind virtual grand rounds based on simulation and surgical education and research. Adrian Park, MD, chair of the Department of Surgery, kicked off this new series of grand rounds sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and their Accredited Education Institutes.

Ivan George, director of the Earl SAIL Center, led the concept, development and implementation of the event. He conceptualized a novel and low-cost interactive video platform bringing together surgeons, researchers and medical experts from 30 facilities and 17 time zones at once to discuss the latest in surgical and simulation methodologies. Leaders participated from organizations such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Cedar Sinai, and Tripler Army Medical Center, along with institutes in Greece, France, and many others.

Inaugural speaker Dr. Park provided an overview of his 11 years of experience in clinical video conference-based grand rounds, sharing wisdom learned over the years. Guest speaker Mark Pinsky, a dentist, international airline captain, and aviation expert, discussed how aviation methodologies can be applied to surgical processes. He presented a concept of adapting the use of aviation checklists as an organizational tool to empower each member of the surgical team to organize thoughts, identify errors, and increase situational awareness. Combining such systematic solutions with simulation practice could have a positive impact on improving quality and outcomes. The presentation fostered a lively discussion among practitioners and experts across many centers about translating the aviation principles into practice.

This groundbreaking event — for both simulation and surgical grand rounds — provided a unique opportunity for AAMC as discussion leaders. The Earl SAIL Center plans to continue its involvement in this new series of grand rounds in the future. If you would like more information, contact Ivan George at 443-481-6053. Read more about how airline industry strategies are being adapted for medicine.

Celebrating National Doctors’ Day on March 30

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

On Wednesday, March 30, Anne Arundel Medical Center is celebrating National Doctor’s Day as a way to say “thank you” to our doctors. At Anne Arundel Medical Center, we are proud to have you as valued members of the medical staff. Thank you for your compassion, dedication and trust, and for all you do for the patients and families in our community. Come to the luncheon on March 30 from 11am to 2pm at AAMC in the Hospital Pavilion South first floor medical staff lounge. View the terrific menu here.

Bristol-Meyers Squibb Grant Expands Access to Lung Screenings

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

The Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute was awarded a three-year, $1.25 million grant for lung cancer prevention and screening from the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

This grant enables us to expand our lung cancer prevention services. These services will focus on high-risk populations in underserved communities in Anne Arundel, Calvert and Prince George’s counties. “While our lung screening and thoracic oncology programs have continued to expand over the past five years, our successes have been more limited among vulnerable, lower-income and minority populations,” says Stephen Cattaneo, MD, director of Thoracic Surgery. “The grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation will allow us the opportunity to better reach and inform these at-risk patients in our area and surrounding Maryland counties about the need for lung cancer screening while providing desperately needed education and resources for smoking cessation.”

Community Health Needs Assessment Report Sets 3-Year Direction for Anne Arundel County

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

In February 2016, the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition released the latest community health needs assessment. Conducted every three years, the report is a joint effort led by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, AAMC and University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center. It presents data and key factors affecting the health of county residents. It serves as the foundation for the coalition’s strategic planning. Highlights include cancer and heart disease, the increasing demand for mental health services, the increasing number of prescription opioid-related deaths, and the use of hospital emergency departments as a catch-all for medical and behavioral health issues that can be better addressed in more appropriate care settings. For more information, contact Christine Crabbs, director of community health improvement, at 443-481-5365 or Read the community health needs assessment.

Bayhawks Name AAMC as Team’s Official Hospital and Orthopedic Surgeons

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

AAMC will be the official team hospital and Anne Arundel Medical Group (AAMG) Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists will be the orthopedic surgeons for the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

“We are proud of our Bayhawks team and thrilled to be their partner. We are excited about the opportunity to bring our healthcare expertise in the community, providing education and prevention of health issues and potential sports-related injuries,” said Dan Redziniak, MD, orthopedic surgeon with AAMG Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Specialists and lead AAMC physician for the Bayhawks.

AAMC docsTALK Hosts Casting Call

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Calling all health experts! Want to position yourself as a thought leader and gain recognition from the public? Starting in May, we’re holding auditions for our next two AAMC docsTalk hosts. These hosts will be the face of docsTalk, AAMC’s dynamic health education show that explores important medical topics in a live interview format. As a host, you’ll have the opportunity to address current health topics, help our community live healthier and be recognized as a credible medical professional. Plus, you’ll have fun doing it! Read the host description and stay tuned for the audition schedule.

Research: Can New Medicine Help Patients Who Have Major Bleeding?

by Medical Staff Office on March 21, 2016

Hospitalist James Welker, MD, and the Research Institute are conducting a clinical trial studying the effectiveness of Andexanet Alfa. This drug reverses the effects of some medicines that prevent blood from clotting normally. This medicine could benefit patients who come to the hospital with acute major bleeding that is potentially life threatening. To learn more, contact Kathy Gray, RN, at 443-481-5868 or Kristine Wood, RN, at 443-481-5738.

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