Archive | February, 2018

Flu Cases Decline at Lexington Medical Center

There’s some good news to report about the flu. The number of flu cases diagnosed in Lexington Medical Center’s Emergency department and five Urgent Care centers in Lexington County has declined steadily this month.

According to information gathered by the hospital’s Infection Control department, flu cases peaked during the week of January 28 with 760 positive flu tests.

Since then, the numbers have consistently gone down.
Week of February 4: 585
Week of February 11: 352
Week of February 18: 141

While the numbers seem reassuring, experts say to be cautiously optimistic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects several more weeks of significant flu activity. So, keep covering your cough, washing your hands and staying home if you’re sick.

And because flu season can last into the spring, it’s still not too late to get a flu shot. While it will take two weeks for the vaccine to be completely effective, some protection is better than none.

Monitoring Your Heartbeat: There’s An App For That!

We use our smartphones for a lot of things. But what about to monitor our heartbeats? Believe it or not, there’s a device and an app for that. Lexington Medical Center is using a new technology called Confirm Rx that uses wireness technology to record a patient’s heart rhythm and transmit pertinent information to his or her doctor. Dr. Christopher Rowley, an electrophysiologist with Lexington Cardiology at Lexington Medical Center, explains how it works and who it’s for in this WLTX interview.

Apply for the 2018 Partners Program!

Do you know a Lexington County high school student interested in a career in medicine? They can apply for the Partners Program, a hands-on summer internship at our hospital that allows students to explore careers in health care.

Class members in the 2017 Partners Program

The Partners Program features seminars, clinical rotations and tours of educational institutions. During a three-week session, students will rotate through three clinical areas in the mornings. They will participate in afternoon activities two days a week at the University of South Carolina School of Nursing, Midlands Technical College’s surgical technologist program and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.

At the end of the program, the Lexington Medical Center Foundation will award a rising senior from each Lexington County high school and one rising senior from home/private schools with a $1,000 book scholarship for their freshman year of college.

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