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38 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, August 29 - September 4, 1997 DuPont Hospital for 00hilare: t clinic offers full matric care By Kerry Kester To meet the healthcare needs of children throughout the state, duPont Hospital for Children has established 10 clinics throughout Delaware. Three of the clinics are in towns serving the Cape Region: Georgetown, Milford and Seaford. Three years ago, the pediatric clinics opened to provide basic care for well visits (physicals), minor illnesses and any of the oth- er services pediatric primary care providers offer patients. "The original purpose was to provide care for the underserved - under-insured or the uninsured," said Marion Rudek, advance prac- tice nurse at duPont Pediatrics at Georgetown. The clinics, staffed with physi- cians, advance practice nurses and licensed practical nurses, provide routine care "that all children should receive." The care provided at the clinic isn't free. but some of the care is provided on a sliding scale, depending on what healthcare Platelets Continued from page 36 mand for them, sometimes results in a shortage of this vital product. On Aug. 21, Barbara Rampino of Dover became the first platelet donor at the site. Five years ago, she donated her bone marrow to her brother and added 18 months to his life. She had been a longtime plateletpheresis donor in New Jer- sey and wanted to be the first donor at the Dover site. To be a plateletpheresis donor, one must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health and have suitable veins. The process of collecting platelets from whole blood is known as "pheresis," and it differs from a regular blood donation in several ways: Red blood cells and most of the plasma are returned to the donor while the platelets are col- lected. it takes about two hours to donate platelets. (Donors are offered a selection of movies Or " television programs to watch on a private TV during the process.) A small amount of the donor's blood is circulated to the pheresis machine; the components are sep- arated and the unneeded cells are returned to the donor in a continu- ous process. Regular blood donors can give blood every two months, but a plateletpheresis donor can give much more often since the body quickly replaces platelets, usually within 24 to 48 hours. The Blood Bank of Delaware/Eastern Shore provides all of the blood for the 18 hospi- tals throughout the state of Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. To become a pheresis donor or to learn more about the Blood Bank, call 1-800-628-4008. resources are available to a fami- ly. "Now we have grown to the point where we provide for most msurances," said Rudek, adding that Medicare patients are also encouraged to get care from the clinic. "We're serving.everybody, and we're Spanish friendly," she said, introducing her receptionist, Alma Villalobos, who speaks Spanish fluently. Vacationers, too, are welcome to receive care from the clinic. Some specialist care is also available. "Some of the special- ists come down here twice a month," said Rudek. For exam- ple, she said, the office may schedule appointments for patients needing care from a urol- ogist or orthopaedic physician. The Seaford clinic, she said, has a practitioner who specializes in hyperactivity. "We're mainly pri- The staff at duPont Pediatrics at Georgetown subscribes to the motto, "We're large enough to meet your needs but still small enough to care," said Michelle Brown, receptionist. Shown (l-r) are Brown; Janice Brierley, nurse; Marion Rudek, advance practice nurse; Susan Timmons, nurse; and Alma Vii- lalobos, receptionist. Staff members not shown are Vicki Lankford, nurse, and Nancy Heinz-Sader, M.D., FJLA.P., the clinic's primary physician. mary care," said Rudek, "but we move some of our specialists down, so our patients don't have to go up." At this time of year, said Rudek, many people are scheduling appointments for their children's annual physicals. Immunizations are particularly important now, so children will meet the state's regulations for school attendance. Kindergarten students must, for example, have their fifth DPT booster, fourth polio and second MMR booster to begin school. Children must also have hemo- globin, a lead/iron level and tuber- culin test, she said. Physicals also include hearing and eye tests. "Some schools may also be requesting the hepatitis series," said Rudek. In 1992. hospiMs began giving the hepatitis vaccine to newborns. "Kids who were born before 1992 may not have had the hepatitis series, so we try to catch them up before they become teenagers," said Rudek. The disease, she explained, affects the liver. "It makes you get really sick, and you can even get liver cancer later in life," said Rudek. It is transmitted through body fluids, so the clinic's goal is to get those born before 1992 inoculated before they become sexually i: :!N OR OF PATIENT AIDS MDI :iii ............... [ Statistics prove that the bathroom 'i ........... ............ I in any home, even for a normally ...... !. .......... ]  healthy family, is the most danger- ! i ............. [  ous room in the house. If you or a .............. ................ [ ] j loved one areconvalescing at home, .-.,.i .......... [ [.J you may be unsteady or weak. : ................ [ -/ Why take the chance of a slip or fall? ........ i .......... ................ ] A complete line of bath, shower and ....... ........... [ - toilet safety aids is available ........ .: ...... ............... 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