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Which portion of the heart is responsible for pumping blood into the pulmonary artery?

Which type of fracture is associated with osteoporosis?

LSA_Harmon_Surgery_3What condition is an inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain?

These are the types of questions that will be asked during the 17th Annual Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl on Friday, July 17, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The hospital is pleased to host this exciting trivia event, where technical college students from around South Carolina will answer questions in preparation for a national certification exam.

More than 100 students from Aiken Technical College, Central Carolina Technical College, Greenville Technical College, Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Midlands Technical College, Piedmont Technical College, Spartanburg Community College, Tri-County Technical College and York Technical College will participate. Each of the students will graduate this year.

surgery toolsSurgical technologists play a vital role in hospital operating rooms, where they assist doctors and nurses with many aspects of surgery. Certified surgical technologists are widely sought after by hospitals around the state and nation, including Lexington Medical Center. During this event, the students will also have the opportunity to network with potential future employers.

Each school will select four students and two alternates to represent their program. Students will use a buzzer to answer a variety of questions in a 9-team double elimination bracket. Winning students will receive gifts, t-shirts and door prizes.

In the audience during the quiz bowl, there will be hospital and health care leaders, as well as several state and national board members of the Association of Surgical Technologists.

The Surgical Technology Student Quiz Bowl will take place inside the Lexington Medical Park 1 Auditorium located at 2728 Sunset Boulevard on the hospital campus in West Columbia.

Treating Stroke

Dr. Christopher McCarty, radiologist with Lexington Radiology Associates at Lexington Medical Center, was a guest on WLTX this month to talk about stroke in South Carolina. In the segment below, he talks abut prevalence, signs, symptoms and treatment.

Here are some notes from the doctor:

~A stroke is a medical emergency marked by a sudden change in neurological function caused by the blockage of blood flow leading to the brain.

~Major risk factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, diabetes, smoking and an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation.

~South Carolina has a high rate of stroke. It’s the 4th leading cause of death in our state.

~Signs that someone is suffering a stroke include face asymmetry or drooping of the face, arm weakness or numbness and slurred speech. These symptoms require timely treatment in order to preserve brain function.

~Doctors can give a drug called TPA that is a clot busting medicine if timely treatment is received.

Heart & Sole Race Week Tips

The Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler is this Saturday in Finlay Park! Amanda Castles from Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym, is your personal trainer for the race. In the video below, she offers race week tips. You can still register for the race at www.heartandsolerun.com. Good luck and we’ll see you at the Finish Line!

Amanda’s Race Week Tips:

~Stay with what has been working for you. Do not switch to new shoes this week.
~Pin you race bib to your shirt with a safety pin before you leave the house for the race.
~Arrive to the race early so that you have enough time to find parking and walk to the Start line.
~Walk around before the race so that your body is warm.
~Don’t start too fast.
~Have fun!