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You and the Flu: Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment

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Illness Influenza is an illness characterized by cough, fever, muscle aches, sore throat, poor appetite, headache and sometimes nausea and diarrhea. It is most often spread from person to person by coughing and sneezing. It usually takes several days for someone to become sick after exposure.  A person with influenza may be sick for up …Read More

First With Kids: Kitchen Safety

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Transcript: Recently, parents have been cooking up lots of questions about children and kitchen safety.  Since children and parents spend a good deal of time in the kitchen, it’s no surprise that room is one of the most common sites for a household injury.  So if you want a recipe for keeping your child safe …Read More

Top Ten Tips for Preventing Falls – in Honor of National Falls Awareness Day

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A Startling Statistic Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for Americans 65 years of age and older?  More than 18,000 older Americans die every year because of a fall, and the rate has risen dramatically over the last 10 years. 

First With Kids: Choosing a Pet

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnSTkvP25BMRecently a number of parents have been asking some “petticular” questions about getting their child a pet.  Well, I don’t want anyone barking up the wrong tree, so let me fetch a few tips for you on this subject. Pets can be wonderful additions to a child’s life.  They can enhance a child’s self-esteem, teach …Read More

Child Life Services at Vermont Children’s Hospital

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The health care environment brings with it many new and sometimes stressful experiences for children, teenagers, and families.  Our Child Life staff at the Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen work with patients and their families to help them understand and cope with these experiences.  We provide opportunities for children to grow and develop normally …Read More

Meet Our “Angels in Blue”!

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The Orderlies in our Patient Support Services department have earned the affectionate and appreciative nickname “Angels in Blue” for our efforts to make Fletcher Allen a better place for patients and staff alike.  Who Are We?   Like many departments at Fletcher Allen, we operate around the clock, with three primary shifts and a steady …Read More

First With Kids: Probiotics

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzlpj4kJRdkParents have been asking me to digest information they’re hearing about something called probiotics and whether they are safe for children.  Well, let me see if I can provide some food for thought on this topic.  While some bacteria in our system are dangerous and cause us to get sick, there are other good or …Read More

Our NICU: Vermont Focus, Worldwide Impact

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I thought this month I would share with you some information about our neonatal intensive care unit since I recently spent a great afternoon at our annual neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) graduates picnic at Shelburne Farms.  In fact, pictures from that event have been posted on the Fletcher Allen Facebook page and are worth …Read More

First With Kids: Self-esteem

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaMl-tFz_vgParents have been feeling good recently asking me about what they can do to help their child develop some self-esteem and pride in who they are without being overly confident.  Well, let me proudly provide some information on this topic. Studies suggest that children who feel good about themselves seem to have an easier time …Read More

Electronic Health Records, Security and You

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Last summer Fletcher Allen implemented its Electronic Health Record (EHR) system, known as PRISM (Patient Record & Information Systems Management), which provides an “electronic patient chart” to our clinical care providers and staff.  It has been a very exciting time for us who work here, both in the clinical and technical spaces, and PRISM is …Read More