Notice from Hibiscus Health: A Look Ahead

Hey Everyone,

It has been an eventful year and we are looking forward to a productive 2018!

Just a gentle reminder, Diabetes Special Populations and Special Considerations event scheduled for November 12, 2017 has been cancelled.

Additionally, there will be no more HHCI events until next year.

Stay with us, we will be posting the schedule of events for 2018 soon.

Thank you for your past participation.  To our sponsors and supporters, we could not have done it without you.

Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc Team

NEW! Upcoming Event November 4 Physical And Rehabiliation Medical Conference The Amputee Patient, More Than A Limb


Dr. Heikke Uustal is the Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute; Wound Care Physician, St. Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center and an Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

 

The Amputee Patient: More Than A Loss of a Limb

Prominent American Physiatrist and Wound Care Physician Dr. Heikke Uustal will be visiting Barbados to present at the Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Conference on Nov 4, 2017 at the University of the West Indies.

The event, hosted by Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc., a local health communications company will be held under the theme “The Amputee Patient – More Than a Loss of a Limb” and the objective is to educate the health care practitioner on the holistic aspect of amputations and amputee care.

Guest speaker Dr. Heikke Uustal is the Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute; Wound Care Physician, St. Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center and an Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has focused his clinical career in the subspecialty of Prosthetics and Orthotics, and Amputee Rehabilitation. He is recognized in the USA as a leading educator and clinician in the field of prosthetics/orthotics. Dr. Uustal is a regular speaker at several annual PM&R review courses and specialty courses in amputee rehabilitation.

Topic: Options for Upper and Lower Extremities

Dr. Uustal will be presenting on “Options for Upper and Lower Extremities” and “Phantom Limb Pain” among other topics. Dr. Uustal who is also a Wound Care Specialist will be sharing on Wound Healing and Offloading Techniques and the “Updates in Wound Care” medical education on Saturday afternoon.

Other guest speakers include the faculty from the Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Department of Quinnipiac University, Connecticut. They will be sharing on “Camp No Limits” a multidisciplinary support programme for children with limb differences and their families. Brent White, Physiotherapist and Prosthetist from New Life Brace and Limb based in Texas will be sharing on “Physiotherapy for Lower Limb Amputations”.

Local presenters include head of the QEH Rehabilitation Department, Dr. Harley Moseley who is leading the programme; Dr. Selwyn Ferdinand, Consultant Surgeon; Paula Jordan, Prosthetist and other key members of the medical and rehabilitation community.

Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Conference – Barbados

The Amputee Patient – More Than A Loss of a Limb

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 8.30AM-4.00PM

Location: 3W’s Pavilion, UWI, St. Michael

Objective: To educate the practitioner on the holistic aspect of amputations and amputee care

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Heikke Uustal

Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute
Wound Care Physician, St. Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center
Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Faculty from the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department, Quinnipiac University, CT, USA

Brent White, Physiotherapist/ Prosthetist, New Life Brace and Limb, Texas

 

 

Updates in Wound Care: A Systematic Approach

 

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Saturday, 4 November 2017

3W’s Pavilion, UWI, St. Michael

430pm- 830pm

Objective:

To bring participants up to date on current evidence-based wound management and assessment of acute and chronic wounds, optimizing wound healing with effective wound-bed preparation, and selecting appropriate dressings. This CME will feature an interactive session exploring various solutions and treatment modalities in wound care.

 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physiatrist/ Wound Care Physician. JFK Medical Centre.

 

Time Topic Speaker
4.30-4.45 Current Situation: Wound Care in Barbados Veronica Webster, RN
Systematic Approach To Wound Care
4.45-5.30 Wound Healing Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physiatrist/ Wound Care Physician
5.30-5.50 Wound Assessment TBA
5.50-6.10 Negative Pressure Wound Therapy: QEH Method Dr. Selwyn Ferdinand, Surgeon
6.10-6.30 Debridement Techniques TBA
6.30-6.50 Dressing Selections Veronica Webster, RN
6.50-7.20 Offloading Techniques Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physiatrist/ Wound Care Physician
7.20-7.40 Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Prof. Timothy Roach
7.20-8.30 Interactive Session: Solutions and Healing: What really works? Panel

 

End of event – Cocktails

The Amputee: More Than A Loss of A Limb

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Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Conference – Barbados

The Amputee Patient – More Than A Loss of a Limb

Saturday, 4 November 2017, 8.30AM-4.00PM

Location: 3W’s Pavilion, UWI, St. Michael

Objective: To educate the practitioner on the holistic aspect of amputations and amputee care

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Heikke Uustal

Medical Director, Prosthetic/Orthotic Team, JFK Johnson Rehab Institute
Wound Care Physician, St. Peter’s University Hospital Wound Care Center
Associate Clinical Professor, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 

Faculty from the Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Department, Quinnipiac University, CT, USA

 

Brent White, Physiotherapist/ Prosthetist, New Life Brace and Limb, Texas

Programme

Time Topic Speaker
8.30-9.00 Current Situation: – Why Amputation? Understanding the Barbados Mr. Selwyn Ferdinand, Surgeon
9.00 – 9.40 Options for upper and lower extremities Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physiatrist
9.40-10.20 Rehabilitation – A Team Approach: The Role of the Amputee Clinic – A Local Perspective Dr. Harley Moseley, Physiatrist
10.20-10.45 Break  
10.45-11.15 Living with an amputation: Tyrone Greene & Maxine Phillips
11.15- 11.55 Upper Limb Considerations TBA
11.55-12.45 Phantom Limb Pain Dr. Heikke Uustal, Physiatrist
12.45-1.45 Lunch  
1.45-2.25 Physiotherapy for Lower Limb Amputations Brent White Physiotherapist/ Prosthetist
2.25-3.05 Camp No Limits: Multidisciplinary Support for Children with Limb Differences & Their Families OT & PT Dept, Quinnipiac University, Connecticut
3.05-4.00 Exploring options for an IPOP (Immediate Post-Operative Prosthesis) Programme in Barbados Multidisciplinary Team

Dr. Anthony Harris; Dr. Harley Moseley, Dr. Heikke Uustal, Brent White, Paula Jordan

A Recap-Day 2 Hibiscus Health Caribbean Inc’s Women’s Health Medical Conference-Sunday Oct 29,2017

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The Mount Restaurant, UWI-Sunday October 29, 2017

Midwives, nurses and members of the medical fraternity were given a rare opportunity to share information about their respective fields during Women’s Health Medical Conference.

The first session started with Washington D.C based physician and OBGYN, Dr. Cortney Yarbrough who gave her presentation on Adolescent Pregnancy and Perinatal Outcomes.She also spoke about increase risk of adverse perinatal outcomes in adolescents, how to prevent them as well as how to prevent teen pregnancy.  She noted some of the challenges faced by pregnant adolescent women from a societal and medical standpoint.  . These challenges included poor social and familial support, lack of breastfeeding, adverse effects to baby (preterm labour) and getting late or sporadic prenatal care (which can lead to not being treated for certain medical conditions at an early stage).

Dr. Yarbrough was followed by Dr. Gillian Birchwood, Paediatrician and her topic was on Group B Neonatal Sepsis.  The doctor gave a comprehensive and enlightening presentation on the latest statistics globally and locally on the subject. She also highlighted the best way of testing for diseases during 35 weeks of pregnancy by performing a vaginal-rectum swab for testing.  She advocated the importance of early testing and antibiotic treatment as the best ways to prevent complications for mother and baby during and after delivery.

Other presenters included Andrea Jordan, Midwife on Alternative Birthing positions, Dr. Tracy Archer OBGYN on Intrapartum foetal monitoring and Janelle Chase-Mayers who spoke about grief recovery and foetal loss and neonatal death.

 

 

The Other Morning Sickness

The Other Morning Sickness

The news of the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton’s third pregnancy drew attention to her uncommon yet severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).

Pregnancy can be exciting and traumatic at the same time. Some women experience skin changes, weight gain, poor circulation, high blood pressure, bone deficiency and morning sickness. The Duchess of Cambridge is part of one to two percent of women who experience hyperemesis gravidarum during pregnancy.

What is hyperemesis gravidarum?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, morning sickness affects roughly 70-80 percent of pregnant women. Hyperemesis gravidarum, an extreme version of morning sickness is a condition characterised by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary changes, rest, and antacids. Some women may need to be treated in hospital where they receive fluid and nutrition through an (IV) intravenous line. HG is characterised by persistent nausea and vomiting which can lead to dehydration and inability to keep food down.

Cause of HG

The Association posits that it is the changes in hormone levels however the true cause is unknown.
The symptoms of the condition include headaches, severe nausea, confusion, dehydration, reduced urination, fainting, rapid heart beat, blood pressure and extreme fatigue. There is no one way to treat HG but there are several ways to manage it.

Treatment

Treatment for HG may include bed rest, acupressure, herbs like ginger or peppermint, homeopathic remedies are a non-toxic system of medicines and hypnosis. Or treatment in the hospital of intravenous lines: Nasogastric – restores nutrients through a tube passing through the nose and into the stomach and Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy – restores nutrients through a tube passing through the abdomen and into the stomach; requires a surgical procedure and medications, – metoclopramide, antihistamines, and antireflux medications. (KPB)