Morning Medical Update Monday 6-6-22

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Jill Chadwick

News Director

Office: (913) 588-5013

Cell: (913) 223-3974


The University of Kansas Health System is treating a total of 15 COVID patients today, down from 19 Friday. Other significant numbers:

  • 9 with the active virus today, 11 Friday
  • 2 in ICU, 2 Friday
  • 0 on ventilator, 0 Friday
  • 6 hospitalized but out of acute infection phase, 8 Friday

On a day when we remember D-Day, today’s program takes a fascinating live tour inside the National World War I Museum and Memorial and discusses how to keep our veterans healthy. Nearly 1.7 million veterans have mental health issues and needs.

Key points from today’s guests:

Dr. Matt Naylor, president of the National World War I Museum and Memorial

  • Medical kits used in field hospitals bear similar resemblance to some of today’s tools in our hospitals
  • What was called “shell shock” then is now known as PTSD. More than 1.5 million artillery shells were fired in WWI
  • 140 flags are on display at the museum during Memorial Day, each representing lives of those taken after service (about 140 per week). The impact of service continues after the battle
  • We need to provide extended services to our veterans

Justin Hoover, executive director, The Battle Within

  • The Battle Within is an organization created by more than 100 veterans, first responders and community members to make sure our veterans have the same opportunities to heal
  • We break down barriers to help them get the care that they need
  • One goal is reducing the stigma of mental health
  • It takes understanding, it takes vulnerability and it takes people getting out there and supporting one another in the community

Adam Magers, clinical director, The Battle Within

  • One of the goals is to get veterans the therapists they need
  • Having a traumatic reaction to war is normal and we want to make it safe for them to share their experience
  • There is help – psychotherapy DOES work. Keep trying and reach out to organizations like this to get some type of treatment for PTSD

Dr. Nicole Yedlinsky, family physician, The University of Kansas Health System (veteran)

  • One big issue is having access to care -- being able to find a physician who is aware of veteran issues and is aware of some of the unique challenges that our warfighters face as they transition to civilian life
  • Only about 50 percent of our roughly 18 million veterans receive care through a Veteran's Hospital. And the rest are obtained care through civilian networks, civilian physicians
  • There's a much bigger awareness of those mental health issues that veterans face, especially as they transition out of the service, and also that connectedness and the importance of community involvement

Gigi Sears, assistant director, professional engagement and clinical projects coordinator, The University of Kansas Health System

  • The Veterans Resource Group is available to all veterans that work at the health system and it is rooted in the idea of bringing together people with a shared background and shared passion
  • One of the many things the group has done for the community is repairing homes for veterans -- an amazing gift to give to people that have served and not able to do something for themselves at this point in their life
  • They also provide some really needed medical equipment to veterans organizations such as getting them an exam table

Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System

  • COVID infections and hospitalizations seem to be stagnant
  • Children under 5 could get the vaccine as early as June 21 based on safety and efficacy data
  • The vaccine should also help keep kids in school

Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m. is the next live Morning Medical Update. The program will discuss the latest about monkeypox.

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