Open Mics With Doctor Stites 7-6-22

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The University of Kansas Health System is seeing steady COVID numbers, treating a total of 28 COVID patients today, down from 34 on Friday. Other significant numbers:

  • 13 with the active virus today, 25 on Friday
  • 2 in ICU, the same as Friday
  • 2 on ventilator, the same as Friday
  • 15 hospitalized but out of acute infection phase, 9 Friday

A community question asking about the vaccination status of hospitalized COVID patients led to a closer look at 26 COVID patients (a few days ago). Based on the data, none of COVID patients were not up to date with vaccines.

  • 6 had no record of vaccine
  • 3 were primary vaccine series incomplete
  • 17 were overdue for the booster

Key points from today’s guests:

Kathrine Kimminau, RN, nurse manager, Burnett Burn Center, The University of Kansas Health System

  • Over the Fourth of July weekend, the Health System saw 29 total patients ranging in age from 5 to 45 (24 male, 5 female). Eleven were hospitalized and the most common injuries were to the hands and face.
  • Some of our common summer injuries we see are from grilling, fireworks, bonfires, fire pits -- it's oftentimes something that someone's done a million times before, and it only takes the one time to get seriously injured.
  • We still use some silver-based products today to treat severe burns. Silver is an -anti-infective that keeps infection away from the scar tissue. The burn center also uses an antibiotic ointment similar to Neosporin.
  • It is also important for severe burn patients to make sure that they have family support. Our nurses do a lot of education while patients are in the hospital to make sure they fully grasp the dressing changes we're asking them to do as they go home and that they have that family support to help them with that. That's why our outpatient burn and wound clinic is a huge resource.

Dr. Dhaval Bhavsar, medical director, Burnett Burn Center, The University of Kansas Health System

  • In addition to the use of fireworks, summer is also a more prominent time for burns because of firepits, campfires and burning of yard waste, as well as hot asphalt.
  • Cool running water, but not ice or ice water, is an ideal way to immediately cool a burn.
  • See a doctor or burn center for severe burns.
  • When it comes to sunburns, people with the lightest skin color are more susceptible to burns, but any skin color can burn.
  • The UV radiation to the skin leads to the inflammation of the skin that and leads to injury to the cells in various parts, including the nucleus where the DNA is, and those injuries can be something that can be repaired by the person automatically unless the injury is too severe and then it cannot be repaired.
  • Injured cells over time can develop into cancer cells although not every sunburn will to cancer. However, each sunburn injury increases your chance of having future skin cancer.
  • When it comes to sunscreens, spray-on does not evenly create a layer and most of the spray-on sunscreens are not mineral based.
  • Dr. Bhavsar recommends mineral-based sunscreens, and lotions provide more of that. He recommends the lotions as the first choice and the spray-on as a backup.
  • Zinc oxide is the number one ingredient to look for in sunscreen.
  • Skin aging is also related to sun exposure. Long-term sun exposure without protection can lead to faster skin aging such as fine wrinkles and brown spots as well as some of the inflammatory conditions that are visible such as redness.

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

  • Conditions that can worsen sunburns include autoimmune diseases, infections, idiopathic malignancies, common dermatologic diseases and solar allergies.
  • Certain medications can also impact a person’s reaction to sun exposure. Ask your doctor and read warnings.
  • Prevention is the best for any health issue. Apply sunscreen, try to avoid those burns whenever possible.

Friday, July 8 at 8:00 a.m. is the next live Morning Medical Update. Tune in for a big announcement impacting cancer patients in our area.

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