Health

Make Your Virtual Health Visit a Success

Written by Seth Rubin, M.D., Medical Director for Primary Care, Main Line HealthCare

One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a primary care provider is connecting with patients. Meeting with our patients on a regular basis over time helps establish a collaborative relationship, which in turn, allows us to provide more patient-centered and effective care.
For decades, primary care providers and patients accomplished this during in-person visits in an office or patients’ homes. Even when meeting in-person isn’t an option, communication and connection with patients is still a top priority.
Fortunately, today’s videoconferencing technology makes this possible, even though the connection part works a bit differently. And these virtual visits have been around for some time—especially in rural area with physician shortages and for follow up care when travel is difficult.
Virtual health visits can be just as meaningful and beneficial for patients as their standard in-person appointments so long as they know what to expect and how to make the most of the time.

Elective Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by David C. Raab, D.O., Premier Orthopaedics

As you likely remember, on March 11 the World Health Organization declared the novel corona virus a global pandemic. Rapid spread of the virus was evident throughout the United States. Washington, Northern California, New York and surrounding cities on the East Coast noted a rapidly increasing number of symptomatic COVID-19 patients with an estimated fatality rate of 3.5%.
The burden of depleted personal protective equipment (PPE) for front line healthcare workers, staffing shortages in acute care settings, and an exponential increase in emergency room visits and hospital admissions were felt immediately. The sustainability of our healthcare system was in question.

Having a Healthy Pregnancy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Written by Matthew Hoffman, M.D., MPH, ChristianaCare

If you or a loved one is pregnant, you’re likely concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on a mother-to-be and her baby. Even if a pregnant woman does not contract COVID-19, apprehension and misinformation surrounding the virus can influence prenatal care and self-care.
Education is the best way to combat your fears, reduce the risk of getting COVID-19 and prepare for a healthy delivery.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Healthcare Today

Once again we to turned to local experts asking them to share their expertise on a range of topics related to the COVID-19 pandemic—a topic still very much on our minds. Five area physicians remind us of best practices, latest developments and their advice on four key issues.

COVID-19 in Children

Written by Olubunmi Ojikutu, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics – Tower Health, Cynthia Schadder, M.D., FAAP, Pediatrics – Tower Health Medical Group

While research has shown that children have been less likely to become infected with COVID-19, it’s important to remember that doesn’t make them immune to the virus.
Many parents became more nervous about the coronavirus when reports of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) started appearing in April. Luckily MIS-C is rare, with only hundreds of cases worldwide. Doctors believe it’s an inflammatory reaction in the body triggered by infection or exposure to COVID-19 within the past month.
For both COVID-19 and MIS-C, prevention is key.

“Nurse! Come quick!”

Written by Edwin Malet

“Nurse! Come quick!” That cry can be heard in emergency rooms, nursing homes or in our homes where people are hurt, disoriented or suffering.

Want a smile makeover for your big day?

Written by Dr. Joseph Abrams

Dentists have the experience and skill to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.