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Be the Match

Lexington Medical Center is hosting its first bone marrow and stem cell drive. You can save the life of someone with blood cancer by signing up to become a bone marrow or stem cell donor.

Dr. Steven Hayes

Lexington Medical Center’s drive is in honor of Dr. Steven Hayes, an Emergency department physician who recently had a bone marrow transplant to treat multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Plasma cells help you fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs.

Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

In this video, Dr. Todd Crump, assistant medical director of our Emergency department, explains why becoming a donor is so important.

Signing up for the registry is easy and takes less than five minutes from your phone.

~Text CURE24 to 61474 to create an account.
~Click on the link you receive immediately via email to complete the registration process.
~Once you get a kit in the mail, just swab the inside of your cheek and return the sample in the postage-paid envelope provided.
~Stay committed and say YES when you get the call to save a life. It’s that easy!

Donors must be between the ages of 18 and 44. If you’re older than 44, you can help by spreading the word to ofhers who are eligible.

The Medical Dangers of Floodwater

The eastern parts of South Carolina and our neighbors in North Carolina continue to face severe threats from floodwater this week in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

Photo Courtesy: WSB

“Whenever you have floodwater, you need to be concerned about contamination,” said Todd Crump, MD, of Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department. “It’s never safe to wade through floodwater unless it’s an emergency situation.”

Floodwater can contain raw sewage, animal waste, bacteria, parasites, gasoline and viruses.

Dr. Crump helped with response to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana in 2005. There, he treated many patients with problems brought about by walking in floodwater.

“You can’t see what you’re walking through,” he said. “It can be easy to cut your foot or leg.”

Those problems included seriously infected wounds in people who had waded in floodwater, as well as pelvic infections in women.

For first responders and other people who have no choice but to be in floodwater, they should shower afterward with antibacterial soap and treat any wounds with an appropriate first-aid kit and bandages. Hand sanitizer can help to clean a wound if no other solutions are available.

Otherwise, steer clear of floodwater.