Drive Through Career Fair

Nebraska Pulmonary Specialties is excited to participate in the Drive Through Career Fair this Thursday from 2-6pm at Gateway Mall in the Sears parking lot. If you are looking for a new career or new challenge, please stop by to receive information!

COVID19 and long term effects

Please click here to view a Channel 8 interview with Dr. Reichmuth discussing what some of the long term effects of COVID19 might be.

A.I. models suggest masking policy more cost-effective than lockdown

To wear a mask or not to wear a mask has been a debate in many countries since the COVID-19 outbreak.

A research team published a study in April and used AI behavior models to validate the significance of universal masking in preventing coronavirus spread. They discovered that if over 80 percent of the population started to wear masks on day 50 of the outbreak, it could still curb the coronavirus.

This new pre-print study was published on Arvix.org. in April. Researchers from the University of Cambridge, University College London, Ecole de Guerre Economique, the University of Science and Technology in Hong Kong and the Family Federation of Finland proposed two AI models to predict the impact of mask-wearing on the coronavirus spread

Please click here to read the rest of this article…

Please view the Bryan Press Briefing from May 7, 2020; Dr. Bill Johnson, one of NPS’ pulmonologists gives great education on the purpose of Masks, and how to wear them and take them off to reduce possibility of germ/virus spread.  We support wearing masks.  Please protect one another.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuYunMPyq00

 

https://journalstar.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/wearing-masks-taking-other-precautions-vital-as-lincoln-begins-to-reopen-bryan-officials-say/article_fa838c6c-86c6-5eb6-b672-a05f1851bd67.html

 

https://nebraska.tv/news/coronavirus/bryan-health-urging-public-to-protect-one-another-wear-masks-to-stop-spread-of-virus

Please Wear a Mask to Protect Yourself & Others!

(Please click the image above)

Remember that by wearing a mask, you protect those around you.  This is all we ask – protect your neighbors, protect others you may come in contact with.  Help people understand the importance of wearing a mask, and how a simple act like this, can slow the spread of this disease and save lives!

Thank you.

Nebraska Health Network Community Health Resources – 4-20-2020

Nebraska Health Network Community Resources.

Updated: 4-20-2020

Below is a link to an updated list of resources for the state of Nebraska compiled from many districts, agencies, non-profits, organizations, and individuals who are offering assistance and resources throughout this pandemic. The link is a word document complete with 6-pages of resources in areas like:

  • Shopping Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Travel Assistance
  • Housing Assistance
  • Internet & Phone Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Legal Aid
  • Domestic Abuse assistance
  • Behavioral Health & Addiction services
  • And more

LINK TO RESOURCES DOCUMENT

Demographic, clinical, and biomarker predictors of apnea-hypopnea index from polysomnography in Midwestern sleep clinic patients

The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in the USA is
estimated to be about 17% of women and 34% of men age 30–
70 years old. OSA is a sleep disorder, characterized by repetitive
upper airway collapse with oxyhemoglobin desaturations
and sleep fragmentation. The severity of OSA is defined by
apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) levels (mild 5 < 15/h, moderate
15 < 30/h, severe ≥ 30/h). The estimated prevalence of moderate
to severe OSA in the USA is approximately 10 to 20%. The
rate is thought to be influenced by the obesity epidemic and to
have increased dramatically over the past two decades…

Please click here to view the full study

Bryan Medical Center Visitor Policy: Effective April 3rd

Effective Friday, April 3rd the Bryan Medical Plaza and Bryan Medical Center will institute a new visitor policy for all visitors. Please review prior to your visit.

Zoom Patient Appointment Information

Due to COVID-19 precautions, we are transitioning our clinic appointments to telehealth visits.  The health and well-being of our patients and staff is our #1 priority. We would still like to see you via “video conference”. We will be using Zoom for our “video conferencing”.

You have the right to refuse telehealth without affecting your right to future care. All existing confidentiality protections shall apply to the service being provided by telehealth. Sharing of any patient identifiable images or information from the telehealth visit to researchers or other individuals will not occur without your consent.

If patient agrees they need the following:

  • A good email address (we NEED to have this listed on demographic page)
  • A device with webcam and microphone
    • Cell phone, tablet, laptop/desktop
  • Download “Zoom Cloud Meetings” in your app store or web browser
    • Cell Phone:  “Zoom Cloud meetings”
      • Follow the prompts to allow video and sound
    • Laptop/Desktop:
      • https://zoom.us/download  Choose the 1st option “Zoom for Client Meetings”
      • Follow the prompts to allow video and sound
  • You do NOT need to create an account or user ID, just download the app

In preparation for your appointment:

  • Have any questions you have ready for your provider
  • You will receive an email invitation with a link for the appointment shortly before your appointment time
    • Click on the link and follow the prompts
  • Even though you have an appointment time, your appointment may not start at the exact time
  • Please be available for 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time and at least 30 minutes after your scheduled appointment time
  • Your nurse/CMA will start your appointment like usual, and then the provider will attend

 

*Please contact our office if you have any questions or issues:  By Phone at (402)483-8600 or via your Patient Portal Account.

Additional COVID-19 resource for patients

Notice to Patients:

If you are experiencing these symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) AND have traveled to or returned from these countries recently (China, Italy, South Korea, Iran, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore) or have been in contact with someone who has traveled to one of these countries, or have been in contact with someone known to have to have COVID-19, please follow the below instructions:

  1. Keep yourself separated from others as much as possible, including your family & animals.
  2. Wear a facemask when around others and cover your coughs & sneezes
  3. Clean your hands often and for 20 seconds each time (sing the “happy birthday” song to yourself twice, or just count)
  4. Avoid sharing household items (like drinking glasses, utensils, towels, bedding)
  5. Clean all ‘high-touch’ surfaces daily (doorknobs, counters, tabletops, toilets, phones, keyboards, bedside tables)
  6. To obtain testing information and to self-report:
    1. To self-report regarding travel or symptom concern to Lancaster County Health Department at 402-441-8000
    2. If you reside outside Lancaster Count in Nebraska, please review the attached listing of each Nebraska County Health Department.
  1. If you reside outside the State of Nebraska, please use the following link to find your local health department:

https://www.naccho.org/membership/lhd-directory

If you are unsure of your symptoms or risk level, the Nebraska DHHS is best equipped to answer your questions. Please call them before going to a clinic, or an urgent care center or the emergency department, in order to lower the risk of exposure to yourself and others.

Additional resources:

What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019

Contact information for Nebraska’s local health departments

 

University of Nebraska Medical Center Mobile Screening Application for COVID-19

UNMC has developed a mobile screening application that will allow people concerned that they or a family member have COVID-19 to screen themselves. Based on the information the user provides, the screening app will issue a “low-risk”, “urgent-risk” or “emergency-risk” assessment and guide the user through possible steps based on that person’s individual needs. The app also allows the user to press a button and share the information with a health care provider, family member or employer, if he or she chooses.

LINK: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/1-check-covid/id1504328584

 

Local Community & Support Resources:

Communityrelay.auntbertha.com

Nebraskahealthnetwork.com/patient-resources