ICD patients: You’re not alone

ICDs

An implantable cardioverter defibrillator, or ICD, provides immediate therapy to life-threatening arrhythmias (heart beating too quickly or too slowly) through a painless pacing sequence or a jolt of electricity. Despite its lifesaving capabilities, an ICD may bring questions, fear and anxiety for many patients.

Here are three questions I’m often asked by ICD patients:

Q. What about airport security scanners and other magnetic devices? Will they interact with my ICD?

External electromagnetic or radiofrequency signals can impact an ICD, so patients should not stand in or near the doorway of stores with electronic theft-detection devices or in airport security areas. Instead, show your ICD identification card and ask to be hand searched at airports or other places with electronic security areas (sports venues, etc.). Also, cellular telephones shouldn’t be held on the side where your ICD has been implanted. Instead, use your opposite ear when talking. X-rays, including mammograms, are permitted. Continue reading

UMHS patient room service gets big thumbs up

Patients can now order what they want, when they want it

U-M room service program

The goal of U-M’s patient room service is to deliver the ideal patient experience.

The University of Michigan Health System’s patient room service program is all about creating the ideal patient care experience — and that’s making a lot of people happy. Joyce Kerestes, director of Patient Food and Nutrition Services, answers a few questions about the program.

Q. Is the room service system-wide?

A. Yes, it’s available throughout the entire Health System — including University Hospital, Frankel Cardiovascular Center, C.S. Mott Children’s and Von Voigtlander Women’s hospitals.

Q. What’s behind the service?

A. The goal is to offer our patients fresher food choices prepared to order. For example, we’re able to prepare salads or deli sandwiches the way a patient requests, similar to a restaurant operation. We conducted surveys and focus groups to find out what patients desired and incorporated many of the suggestions into our program. Continue reading