Medical Technologist Dean Hoffman demonstrates the capabilities of the new urinalysis instrument
Physicians often order Urinalysis as part of pre-surgery preparation, or to screen for a variety of disorders, such as diabetes. Urinalysis may be used to diagnose medical conditions expressed with abdominal pain, or to monitor a current condition such as kidney disease. Urinalysis tests are one of the most ordered tests performed in any clinical laboratory. Typically between 14,000-15,000 are performed at Jersey Shore Hospital each year.
The Jersey Shore Hospital Laboratory recently acquired an automated urine chemistry instrument, the iChem® VEOLCITY™. This urinalysis machine has the ability to perform over 200 tests per hour. Its “walk-away” automated process enables laboratory technicians to be more efficient with their workload.
David A. Shannon – CEO
Jersey Shore Hospital is pleased to announce a new President & CEO, David A. Shannon.
The hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of David A. Shannon to the position of Jersey Shore Hospital President & CEO, which began May 1. Quorum Health Resources (QHR), the hospital’s management services company, conducted a national search for this position, and worked closely with the Board to identify the right candidate for the hospital and community.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or occasionally bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The back wash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD manifestations.
Reynaldo Cornel, MD
GERD signs and symptoms include:
- A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn) sometimes spreading through the throat along with a sour taste in your mouth.
- Chest pains
- Difficulty swallowing
- Dry cough
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Regurgitation of food or sour liquid (Acid Reflux)
- Sensation of a lump in your throat
Jersey Shore Hospital acquires new Lab Coagulation Analyzer
Ann Lovell, JSH Laboratory Technician, with the Sysmex CA-1501 analyzer
The Sysmex CA-1501 System is a compact, fully automated instrument which performs coagulation (clotting) testing using chromogenic, and immunologic methods.
This new unit will increase efficiency with rapid turnaround time and the ability to perform up to 120 tests per hour. It also saves technicians valuable time with the ability to load multiple reagent bottles at once.
Patient and staff safety is increased with several advanced features such as automated cap-piercing, and bar-code reading. This eliminates manual input and increases safety by accurately identifying samples with bar-code reading and direct tube aspiration. learn more
Jersey Shore Hospital Acquires New Portable X-ray System
Cathy Corman, Radiologic Technologist II, performs an X-Ray in the JSH Emergency Department
The GE Optima XR220 AMX digital mobile X-ray system is a self-contained, transportable radiographic unit that is designed for performing bedside radiographic exams when it is not safe or practical to move patients to the radiology department.
High-quality digital images are ready at the patient’s bedside for review in as little as 3 seconds! Once the hospital’s secure Wi-Fi system is detected, images are uploaded immediately to the radiologist for quick reading, thereby reducing wait times.
Jersey Shore Hospital acquires new machine for blood culturing
Sepsis is a very serious blood infection that is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Jersey Shore Hospital performs approximately 2,000 tests for sepsis each year. Patients who are diagnosed with Sepsis are usually directly admitted to the hospital.
Jersey Shore Hospital has acquired a new blood culturing machine that detects bacteria in the blood with readings every ten minutes. This new machine, the BD Bactec FX, promotes the early detection and treatment of sepsis. It replaced two machines while increasing flexibility, and doubling capacity.
The BD Bactec FX uses a fluorescent technology, which produces exceptionally accurate results in a timely manner. It also has the capacity to test 100 patient cultures at one time, boasting efficiency and reducing wait times. read more
Psoriasis sufferers, lace up your sneakers
Many psoriasis sufferers avoid exercise to avoid an outbreak of red scaly patches and lesions. However, new research suggests that a good workout may actually promote healthy skin. The study found that vigorous exercise can reduce the risk of developing the chronic inflammation.
Mitzi Miller, PA-C
Equally as prevalent in men as in women, Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital researchers collected data on nearly 867,000 women. Among these women, 1,026 had psoriasis. The study found that when the women engaged in physical activity at least three hours per week, they experienced a reduction in skin inflammation.
According to the World Psoriasis Day consortium, 125 million people worldwide have psoriasis, with 7.5 million of those being Americans. Although progress is being made, there is still no singular cause or trigger for psoriasis.
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The Dangers of Teenage Smoking
Cigarette smoking damages nearly every organ of the body and worsens the smoker’s overall health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that cigarette smoking is responsible for nearly one of every five deaths in the United States, or approximately 445,000 deaths every year.
Roughly 20 percent of American teens smoke. Tobacco use predominantly begins in early adolescence, typically by age 16. Each day in the United States nearly 4,000 teenagers under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette; within a short period of time over 25 percent of them become daily smokers.
Dr. Stephen Goykovich
Today in the U.S., there are roughly 6 million teens who smoke despite the known side-effects. According to the Surgeon General, teenagers who smoke are three times more likely to consume alcohol, eight times more likely smoke marijuana, and 20 times more likely to use cocaine.
More than 90 percent of adult smokers began smoking by 18 years of age. Approximately 20 percent of all U.S. adults are smokers today.
Smoking and Cancer
Cigarette smoking and tobacco use causes nearly one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States.
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Jersey Shore Hospital upgrades Blood Bank with Gel Technology
Jersey Shore Hospital is in the process of standardizing their Blood Bank testing with gel technology. Gel technology was developed in 1985 and is now the serological standard for many blood banks, most notably the American Red Cross.
Brenda Johnson, laboratory technologist, showcases the new blood bank gel technology
This technology is a safe, accurate, and cost-effective solution for the Jersey Shore Hospital Blood Bank where patients’ blood types and antibody status is determined to ensure patients receive compatible blood when transfusions are necessary.
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Jersey Shore Hospital recently acquired a Fluidotherapy Double Extremity Unit, used for applying dry heat therapies to patients suffering from a variety of conditions.
Licensed Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant Ruby Stetts administers fluidotherapy to patient Christina Keller.
This whirlpool simulation technology provides dry heat through the movement of heated cellulose particles. Patients receive thermal massage contact to the extremities with temperatures ranging between 110-123 degrees Fahrenheit.
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