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September 22, 2016

Are you a Candidate for Lung Cancer Screening?

Lung cancer is the world’s leading cause of cancer death. Without screening, the typical person newly diagnosed with lung cancer has only a 1-in-5 chance of living beyond another five years. This is largely because most lung cancers are diagnosed at an advanced stage, when cure is unlikely.

Now, however, many adults are eligible for lung cancer screening using low-dose CT (LDCT), a quick, easy and painless procedure that looks for cancers when they are very small and more readily curable. LDCT exposes you to 1/5th of the dose of radiation used for your typical CT scan. The benefit of such screening has been demonstrated by multiple, recent, extensive studies.

Most medical insurance companies, including Medicare and MassHealth, now pay for this procedure for qualifying individuals. To qualify, you must typically meet ALL of the following criteria:

1. You are currently 55 - 80 years old

AND

2. You are a current smoker or you stopped smoking less than 15 years ago.

AND

3. You have smoked for more than 30 pack years.

(You can calculate your pack years of smoking by taking the AVERAGE numbers of packs per day that you have smoked over your life time and multiplying this by the total number of years you have smoked. For example, if you smoked one pack per day for 30 years, you have a 30 pack year smoking history.)

If you have previously had lung cancer or have emphysema, pulmonary fibrosis, industrial chemical exposures, or a family history of lung cancer, you may be eligible to start LDCT at a age 50 with as few as 20 pack years of smoking, regardless of if or when you quit.

Once referred for LDCT by Riverbend, you will be contacted by Mercy Medical Center. They will interview you, usually over the phone, and then schedule you for your LDCT. If your LDCT result is abnormal, you will either have a repeat LDCT in several months or will be referred to a specialist for further evaluation. If your LDCT is unremarkable, you will be advised to have another LDCT in a year.

If you feel you may qualify for this potentially life-saving screening, please discuss this with your primary care team or your pulmonologist.

September 12, 2016

Flu Shots 2016-2017

It's that time of year again!  We have recieved our flu vaccine for the upcoming flu season and are giving flu shots in Adult Medicine during routine follow up visits.  If you are not due for a routine visit schedule your flu shot in one of our Flu clinics. If you have a MyChart account you can schedule your flu shot directly! 

Pediatrics is also giving flu shots at office visits.  If your child does not have an upcoming visit simply call the office to schedule their flu shot with a nurse.

May 02, 2016

RiverBend Medical Group is honored for Lactation Care Services

The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) have recognized RiverBend Medical Group for excellence in lactation care.

RiverBend has received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and providing a lactation program for breastfeeding families.  In addition, the facility demonstrated that is has recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

According to Decalie Brown, President of ILCA, “This recognition highlights the efforts being made by maternity facilities all across the world to help mothers get off to a good start with breastfeeding, and to support them in reaching their goals.  IBCLC is the leading internationally recognized lactation certification in the world, and IBCLC certificants are highly skilled in helping mothers with the questions and concerns that can arise. They are also an important part of the overall maternal and child health team by assuring that evidence-based policies and practices are in place that help mothers succeed with breastfeeding.”

Chair of IBLCE states, “IBCLC Care Award recipients should be applauded for their efforts to improve maternal and child health by promoting and providing expert lactation care within their community. By hiring IBLCE certificants, they ensure that their patients are receiving lactation care from healthcare professionals that are educated and trained to deal with the most challenging situations.”

International Board Certified Lactation Consultants focus on preventive care, so they are available during pregnancy to assess the mother and provide information on how to successfully initiate breastfeeding. They continue that assistance after the baby is born by helping mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges, providing accurate information, and continuing to support them as their baby grows. They assist mothers returning to work or school, help mothers in more unusual situations such as breastfeeding more than one baby or nursing a sick or premature infant, and help train nursing staff to manage basic breastfeeding care.

As allied health care professionals with the leading internationally recognized certification for professional lactation services, IBCLC professionals work in hospitals and birthing centers, clinics, public health agencies, private practice, community settings, government agencies, and in research. There are currently more than 28,100 IBCLCs in 102 countries worldwide that are certified by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (www.iblce.org), a program independently accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).  NCCA accreditation represents a mark of quality for certification programs.

Brown says that “Breastfeeding rates are on the rise today and with that dramatic increase, the need for trained professionals who can help also increases. Breastfeeding is natural and often works quite well without intervention. But there can be complications or risk factors and mothers need extra support. An IBCLC is the trained expert with clinical skill who works with the entire health care team so that a mother’s breastfeeding goals can be met.”

In addition to finding IBCLC professionals at RiverBend Medical Group mothers can also find an IBCLC near them by visiting www.ilca.org. Follow the “Find a Lactation Consultant” link and search for an IBCLC by postal code, city and state, or country.   

For more information about the IBCLC Care Award program, contact IBLCE at award@iblce.org.   

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