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Healing burns and scrapes: Here's a better way to do it

Petroleum jelly for wound care

If you’ve ever burned yourself with a curling iron or even skinned your knee, you usually clean the wound when it first happens. And if it’s not too severe, let it dry out to form a scab. 

But that might not be the best way to get the wound to heal.

Via Christi's Lusk recognized by Safe Kids Kansas

Ronda Lusk

Ronda Lusk, the registered nurse who serves as coordinator for the Via Christi Health-led Safe Kids Wichita Area Coalition, recently was awarded the Dr. Dennis Cooley Award of Excellence by Safe Kids Kansas.

The award, named for Topeka pediatrician Dennis Cooley, is presented annually in recognition of the recipient’s contributions to childhood injury prevention.

Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph named a High 5 for Mom & Baby hospital

High 5 for Mom & Baby

Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita is now a High 5 for Mom & Baby-recognized hospital, having integrated specific maternity-care procedures based on the proven health benefits associated with breastfeeding and other key elements of bonding between mother and newborn.

Maize High's Jacey Handy recovering from ACL tear

NOTE: This is the first in a series detailing the recovery process of Jacy Handy, a Maize High School basketball player who suffered an ACL tear.

Jacey Handy remembers the moment when her basketball season ended.

She was playing in a showcase tournament in Denver in early August when she and an opponent collided midair. Jacey fell to the floor, banging her right knee.

Via Christi Regional Burn Center honors former medical director

James Yost and Janet Yost

A plaque honoring former Via Christi Regional Burn Center medical director Gary Jost, MD, was unveiled in the unit on Tuesday, Nov. 3, recognizing Jost’s many contributions to Via Christi's burn program.

Jost passed away in June of 2015. 

“The Burn Center wanted to honor Dr. Jost as he was a big part of bringing the burn center from its infancy to one of the frontrunners of burn care,” said Lynnette Spencer, burn program coordinator. 

Jost’s wife, Janet, and son, James, were on hand for the unveiling. 

Volunteer preserving memory of nurse whose career began a century ago

Gerry Steiner, a Via Christi volunteer and retired nurse, is planning to make a unique donation to the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum — one that will give insight into the history of nursing in Kansas.

Steiner has become the guardian of the personal items of Mary Fry, a nurse who graduated from the Wichita Hospital and Training School for Nurses in 1913. The school later became the St. Joseph School of Nursing and then St. Mary of the Plains College School of Nursing.

Via Christi specialist: No alcohol is safe during pregnancy

Last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a report that concluded that no amount of alcohol during pregnancy is safe for the developing fetus
 
Most of us are aware that alcohol usage during pregnancy isn’t healthy to mom or baby, but this report is the first to suggest that no amount is safe.  
 

Riverside Health Foundation continues support for Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency

Riverside Health Foundation check presentation to Via Christi Health

Riverside Health Foundation recently donated $200,000 in support of graduate medical education at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita — bringing its total contribution to Via Christi programs to more than $7.7 million over the past 14 years.
       
Riverside Health Foundation's board of directors directed that the funds be used to support the dually accredited Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita and the third- and fourth-year osteopathic student clinical training program.
 

More children getting drunk on hand sanitizer

According to recent news reports, poison control centers have seen a nearly 400 percent increase in calls related to children age 12 and under ingesting hand sanitizer since 2010. 
 
Believe it or not, alcohol poisoning can occur if even small amounts of hand sanitizer is swallowed. Most sanitizers contain anywhere from 45 to 95 percent alcohol.
 

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