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Tag Archives: emergency medicine

What to expect when you call 911, and what to do while you wait.

by Gerald Moore, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) at Southwest Health Making the decision to call an ambulance can be very scary. Your adrenaline kicks in, your thoughts start racing, every episode of “Emergency” starts running through your head. So many thoughts and feelings rush in that you find yourself unable to communicate your message [read more]

Importance of knowing Infant CPR

by Rebecca L. Wylesky-Durst MSN, MHA, RN – Director of Nursing at Southwest Health As new parents, we have a mental checklist we go through to make sure our home and lives are ready for our new addition. We make sure the car seat is in place, the nursery has all the right touches and [read more]

Viruses Among Us

by Jenny Pritchett, MBA, MPH, RN, CIC, Director of Quality Management & Infection Preventionist at Southwest Health As the hospital’s Infection Preventionist, I complete ongoing surveillance of illnesses throughout our area and provide guidance and recommendations based on this surveillance. Over recent weeks we have been experiencing a mumps outbreak in the Platteville and Dubuque [read more]

A visit for every stage of life

by Catherine Blume, APNP at The Platteville & Cuba City Clinics at Southwest Health Many of us assume that if we’re not sick we don’t need to see a doctor.  But do you know why it’s important to have your annual wellness exam?  As we grow and age, we have different needs in life.  This [read more]

Eight Simple Steps to A Better Night’s Sleep

By Noelle Hebgen, RN, Director of Inpatient Behavioral Health at Southwest Behavioral Services We have all been there. Lying in bed at night, exhausted from the day’s activities yet unable to turn our mind “off” and fall sleep. If this describes you, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 75% of American [read more]

Know No

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It’s been buzzing through social media like an angry hornet. News about recent sexual assaults and their clueless, sexist, misogynistic, violent, and criminal perpetrators is everywhere. And it’s shocking. But our goal should not be to make Facebook explode or to shock people by detailing the damages [read more]

Why won’t these headaches go away?

by Anna Svircev, DO, MPH of the Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health Sometimes a headache is just annoying, but other times it is downright debilitating. Have you ever had a really terrible one? A headache that is more severe than a traditional headache—one that causes sensitivity to light, sound, and/or smell—may be a migraine headache. [read more]

Who’ll Conduct the Rape Exam?

Special To The Washington Post – May 19, 2016 By Terri Slapak-Fugate, Director of Emergency/Urgent Care and the SANE Program Manager at Southwest Health As an emergency-room nurse in southwest Wisconsin, I sometimes encountered patients who had been sexually assaulted — and I was expected to help conduct an exam to collect and preserve DNA evidence, [read more]

Dakota’s DRAMA

For theater major Dakota Vassen, life as a senior felt loaded with stress and moved far too fast. Little did the 23-year-old UW Platteville student know, the source of those feelings was likely a medical one that lied deep within him. Literally, in his heart. One day in the middle of his busy last semester, [read more]

Advancing the Nursing Practice

by Katherine McQuillan, Doctorate of Nursing Practice and APNP at The Platteville Clinic at Southwest Health There are many roles that make up the healthcare team. Each and every role is unique, valuable, and essential to an effective team. Nurse practitioners are among the top-notch practitioners on the healthcare team at Southwest Health, and as [read more]