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42 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, July 11 - July 17, 1997 Briefly Heartbeats meets July 14 at neebe A support group for cardiac-" patients, their families and other interested parties called "Heart- beats" meets the second Monday of each month at 4:30 p.m. in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Depart- ment at Beebe Medical Center. The program is sponsored by the American Heart Associafibn and Beebe Medical Center. For more information, call 645- 3514. Lung Association elects new board members Amy Thomas of Delaware Technical & Community College, will serve a'three-year term as a newly-elected member of the American Lung Association. She will also serve as the Sussex County representative. Joining Thomas on the board are Robert Bell and Norval Copeland, both of the Medical Center of Delaware, Wilmington; John Ellis, duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington; Julia Katz Lucas, Wilmington Trtist, Wilm- ington; Karen O'Donoghue of American Home Patient, Newark; and Karen Stearett, CPA, Santora, Starr & Baffone, Newark. Elected as president'was Albert A. Rizzo, M.D., Pulmonary Asso- ciates, Wilmington; Anthony Vasile, D.O. of Wilmington will serve as vice-president; Mitchell Glass, M.D. of Wilmington will serve as secretary and Richard Conway, vice-president, Wilm- ington Trust Company, will serve as treasurer. Speakers available on health-related topics The American HeaYt Associa- tion (AHA) has speakers available to present information on health- Mcoholism in the Family is topic of July 16 Seminar in Milton A free Focus on Health seminar, "Alcoholism in the Family," will be offered at Milton Town Lilrary from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. Joan I Anesthesiology Continued from page 41 there's no reason for someone to be that sleepy that long after a pro- cedure," Fanto said. He explained that newer med- ications require lower dosages during surgery and permit a quick recovery period. In addition to a rapid return to full alertness, patients are less likely to suffer nausea, headaches or a "hang- over" feeling. "We're not just putting patients to sleep, we're very much in charge of taking care of them while the surgeon gets in and takes care of that procedure," Fan- to said. An anesthesiologist's job during surgery could be compared to the old juggling routine where dozens of plates spin in the atop long poles. Anesthesiology requires four years of medical school, a year's internship and three years as a resident. During surgery, the anesthesiologist must constantly reassess information from each of several monitors and make the adjustment necessary to "balance" the patient's vital functions and state of unconsciousness. "I use the analogy that the anes- thesiologist the offensive lineman in a football game," said Fanto with a smile. "If you've had a good game, no one notiees you." Patients who will be awake dur- ing a surgical procedure are given reassurance that there's nothing to be alarmed about in the presence of all those monitor screens and accompanying beeps and hums. In addition to a temperature probe, blood pressure cuff, and an EKG machine, the anesthesiologist relies on visual clues like skin col- or and reflex. The pulse oximeter, a simple "clothespin" fitting over a finger which measures the blood's oxy- gen satu'ra'tioaa, provjdej vital information about the'patient's Smith, R.N., mental health chemical dependency counselor, Beebe Medical Center. will be the guest speaker. Smith has been affiliated with Beebe Med- ical Center since 1992 and coordinates outpatient treatment programs for Oceans.ide Center for Mental Health. Prior to joining Beebe, Smith was Employee Assistance Counselor for the Washington Post. She has 20 years of experience in the field of chemical dependency. For registration information, call 645-333.2. condition. A relatively new devel- opment, the oximeter has been a standard operating room monitor for only five years. "If I could have only one moni- tor in the operating room it would be the pulse oximeter," Masone said. After surgery, the anesthesiolo- gist observes a patient's progress in the recovery room. The patient is not transferred to a room (or for ambulatory surgery patients, released) until the anesthesiologist is confident that all the anesthesia medication has "worn off." For many patients, the pain relief of that general or regional anesthetic must then be provided by other, less pervasive medica- tions. Masone recalled that as recently as four years ago, some patients required so much medica- tion to relieve pain that body func- tions were inhibited and they needed a ventilator to breathe for them. That, in turn, required sev- eral days in the hospital. But newer pain medications and procedures like the epi.dural catheter can keep a patient com- fortable without sacrificing alert- ness and mobility, which hastens their overall recovery time. "Anesthesiology is more and more involved with post-operative monitoring and we're'getting involved with .chronic pain," said Fanto. "Pain is subjective and that's one of the challenges of pain management." He and Masone agreed that the relief of chronic pain is a natural extension of the anesthesiologist's role. They now treat patients suf- fering from back pain, neurologi- cal damage, or other chronic con- ditions. New medications make it possible to provide complete pain relief without affecting the whole body or impairing mental capabil- ities. Whether working in or out of • the operating room, the anesthesi- ologist's goal remains the sarfie - to get that patient safely and com- fortably back home.;' ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, EA. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D.. Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He received his training in Scotland and England, and most recently at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Wallace will be seeing patients in conjunction with Nancy Union, M.D. and Sue Issacs, PA-C. • 645-6644 • 119 W. Third St., LeweS, DE 19958 Hours Monday-Friday By Appointment Now Also Accepting Aetna • Principal Health Care • AmeriHealth related topics such as stroke, women and heart disease, hyper- tension orthe Am.erican Heart Association. Call the AHA to schedule a free speaker for an organization or club .meeting at 856-7386. Alzheimer's group to meet July 17 A support, group for Alzheimer's Disease and other mentally impairing diseases meets at Beebe Medical Center's Gull House, 23 Terrace Street, on the thircl Thursday of each month from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for July 17. For more information, call Kathy Schlitter at 226-2160. Super Sitter class set for July .15, 16 Beebe Medical Center is offer- ing a two-day "Super Sitter" course for youth 12 years or older. The course includes infant and child CPR and other useful infor- mation pe{taining to babysitting. The class is $30 and has limited enrollment. To register, call 645- 3248. Breast cancer support • group to meet July 15 Beebe Medical Center offers a support group, "Bosom Buddies," for women living with breast can- cer. at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 15. For more information, call 645- 8487. Introducing DigiFocus, the first 100% digital hearing aid. Now the digital tech- nology that made CDs possible is available in an advanced hearing instru- ment. With its computer- ized 100%. digital sound processing, DigiFocus makes millions of calcula- tions per second, con- stantly shaping the incom- ing sound to suit your hear- BY O'lrICON ing - automatically. What's more, unlike other .hearing instruments, DigiFocus splits sound into seven distinct frequencies, so it can be more precisely fit to your specific hearing needs. Find out what digital technolo- gy can mean to your hearing. Call today! 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