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PCRMC Now Offering Platelet-Rich Plasma Injections

Patients who suffer from various joint injuries now have a new treatment option available to them at Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC). The low-risk medical procedure, which only takes about a half hour, may postpone the need for surgery, according to the PCRMC Orthopedics Group.

A platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection is a treatment used for a variety of common orthopedic conditions. PRP injections offer an alternative to surgical interventions.

“It may help avoid surgery down the road,” says PCRMC Orthopedic Surgeon Michael Potter, MD. “It may put off a knee replacement surgery.”

The injections can be used for patients with conditions including tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sprained knees, chronic tendon injuries and acute sports injuries, such as ligament and muscle injuries.

Additionally, PRP has been used in outpatient settings to treat common overuse conditions including Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis and patellar tendonitis.

This service is being offered to patients at PCRMC on a cash-only basis for $375. This procedure is not covered by most insurance companies or Medicare.

The entire process takes about 20 to 30 minutes and can be done in the PCRMC Orthopedics office located in the PCRMC Medical Office Building, 1050 West 10th Street, Rolla, MO.

In November 2015, PCRMC Orthopedics care providers performed the first PRP injection on a patient at PCRMC.

PRP is obtained from the patient who is being treated. During the procedure, about 15 mL of the patient’s blood is drawn from a vein in his or her arm.

The patient’s blood is then placed in a specialized centrifuge, a machine that spins at a high speed to separate the different types of blood cells. The care provider then extracts the platelet-rich portion of the blood and injects this into the area of the patient’s injury.

The main benefits of PRP are thought to be caused by growth factors released from the patient’s blood platelets. Growth factors are chemicals that signal the body to initiate a response to remedy the injury.

“There’s minimal risk,” Dr. Potter says about PRP injections. Dr. Potter notes that whenever a needle is inserted through a patient’s skin, infection can occur.

PRP injections are not recommended in individuals with bleeding disorders, those taking anti-coagulation (blood-thinner) medications or people who have cancer, active infections or are pregnant.

For more information about PRP or to schedule an appointment, call the PCRMC Orthopedics Group at 573-364-5633 (KNEE).

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PCRMC’s Living History Program Helps Tell Patients’ Stories

Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is looking for patients to write stories about for the Living History Program©.

If you are a patient who receives treatment while at PCRMC and participate in the program, a life story will be written about you. It will be a history of who you are and what you have done.

All parts of your life play a role in your well-being. By knowing your story, PCRMC can better treat and encourage you as a patient.

Through the program, a storywriter will come and talk with you about your life, including where you were born, where you have lived, what you do (or did) for a living, what hobbies and interests you have and things about your family. You should feel free to share whatever information you want and none that you feel uncomfortable telling.

The PCRMC storywriter will write your story and let you read it to make sure it is accurate. When the story is written, it becomes a gift to the patient and his or her family, but the story also becomes a useful tool for the healthcare team.

The Living History Program© provides a document that brings to life the history of PCRMC’s patients and allows healthcare workers to provide care to the heart and soul of the patient, not just the diagnosis or condition.

The benefits of giving care with a personalized life story available are tremendous. Nurses and physicians use the information in the story to increase their connectivity with the patient. PCRMC staff learns to understand and appreciate patients better through the use of their personal stories.

In addition, the story is used by social workers and case managers in the discharge planning process. A Living History increases satisfaction of the patient, family and members of the healthcare team.

If you come back to PCRMC as a patient, your story can be updated, if necessary.

You have the option of keeping your story confidential, but many of the patients like to share their story. So if you are comfortable with your history, you can sign a release form and PCRMC may include your story in hardbound books that will include the histories of many others. These books will be available at PCRMC.

For more information about the Living History Program©, contact PCRMC Guest Relations at 573-458-7878.

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9th Annual Heart-2-Heart Luncheon Held

The Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) 2016 Heart-2-Heart luncheon was held Friday, December 2nd, at Matt’s Steakhouse in Rolla. The ninth annual event, presented by PCRMC and Mo-Sci Corporation, offered an opportunity to learn about heart health.

The Heart-2-Heart Committee, chaired by Annette Wells, helps each year to organize the luncheon, where attendees are treated to heart-healthy meals.

This year’s event raised over $32,000 for the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation’s Heart-2-Heart Fund, which provides education, screenings and access to resources for cardiac care and rehabilitation. The fund also has assisted with providing automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools and financial assistance to people in the community.

Timothy Martin, MD, was the featured speaker at this year’s event. He discussed the risk factors, warning signs, symptoms, diagnosis, procedures and treatments for coronary heart disease. Dr. Martin emphasized the need to raise awareness of coronary heart disease in women.

“While the death rate for coronary heart disease is gradually decreasing in men, it’s steadily rising in women,” Dr. Martin said. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in women in the U.S., and prevention is crucial, according to Dr. Martin.

Atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries, can cause coronary heart disease or heart attacks.

Many female patients come to the Emergency Department with complaints that are atypical to coronary heart disease, and it’s up to the physicians, clinicians, nurses and other care providers to keep that in mind when diagnosing these women, according to Dr. Martin.

Risk factors of coronary heart disease include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. However, for women, the risk may be higher after menopause or if they take certain birth control medications.

Symptoms of coronary heart disease can include chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea and feeling light-headed. Women with pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes also may be at higher risk.

To prevent coronary heart disease, Dr. Martin advises patients to eat a low-fat protein diet with fruits and vegetables, aim for a BMI (body mass index) of between 18.5 and 24.9 and keep their waist circumference below 35 inches. Lower your calorie intake and exercise more, he recommends, and walk at least 30 minutes a day, preferably after you eat.

In addition to Dr. Martin’s presentation, three local survivors of various heart conditions shared their stories in a video with the attendees. They were Louis Gilbert and Suzanne Jones, both of Rolla, and Dwight Sims, of Dixon.

Several businesses, organizations and individuals donated items for the raffle and silent auction that were held.

Orthopedic Surgeon Alan Heincker, DO, served as the master of ceremonies at the luncheon.

To learn more about heart health or to donate to the Heart-2-Heart Fund, visit pcrmc.com.

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November Is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) is encouraging the public to learn more about this disease that affects over 29 million people in the U.S.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin or properly use insulin. The cause of diabetes is unknown, but diabetes can lead to blindness, heart disease, strokes, kidney failure and amputations.

According to the American Diabetes Association, at least 1 in 3 people will develop type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. About 1.4 million Americans age 20 and older are newly diagnosed with diabetes each year.

Approximately 1.25 million Americans have type 1 diabetes. It’s not just adults who can get diabetes. In fact, approximately 208,000 people younger than age 20 have diabetes.

Diabetes also remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. as of 2010. Diabetes is the primary cause of death for 69,071 Americans each year.

PCRMC provides many resources and educational opportunities for people diagnosed with diabetes along with their families and caregivers.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic at PCRMC, which is fully accredited by the American Diabetes Association, has the tools you need to manage your diabetes and enjoy life. Patients must be referred to the clinic by their primary care provider.

The Diabetes Outpatient Clinic is located at the PCRMC North Entrance, 1000 West 10th St., Rolla. There also are outpatient clinics Tuesday evenings only at Forest City Medical Practice, 1000 North Jefferson St., in St. James and Thursdays only at the Waynesville Medical Plaza, 1000 GW Lane St., in Waynesville.

In addition, PCRMC offers a free diabetes support group on the first Saturday of each month (except for January and July) from 10 a.m. to noon in Private Dining Room 2 near the cafeteria at PCRMC in Rolla. For more information about this support group, call 573-458-7697 or visit pcrmc.com.

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is November 14-20 this year, and Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) wants to use this week to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use.

Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections.

This is why it is so important to use antibiotics only when needed, and if needed, to use the right drug at the right dose and for the right amount of time.

Illnesses caused by viruses, like the common cold and the flu, do not improve with antibiotics. Taking antibiotics for colds can be harmful to your health. In fact, unnecessary antibiotics can make future infections harder to treat.

Antibiotics are almost never needed for bronchitis, and antibiotics are not recommended to help treat many ear infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most sore throats will go away on their own without antibiotics.

Sometimes antibiotics are not the cure, so work with your healthcare provider to find the best treatment.

If your healthcare provider does prescribe you antibiotics, take them exactly as directed. Even if you feel better, do not skip doses or stop taking an antibiotic early without approval from your healthcare professional.

Additionally, never save antibiotics for future illnesses and never take antibiotics prescribed for others. Also, do not share antibiotics with others. Talk to your pharmacist about how to dispose of leftover antibiotics.

Get more helpful tips on how to treat the symptoms of viral infections and learn more about antibiotics resistance by visiting www.cdc.gov/getsmart or call -800-232-4636 (CDC-INFO).