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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Keeping you in The Loop

Putting together the puzzle: A look at the MICU

One of the most challenging but rewarding aspects of working in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) is that it’s not always initially clear what disease, injury, or other ailment a patient has upon their arrival, explains Seth Jackson, RN, BSN.

Get to know Kimberly Hunter, chief nurse executive

Coming to Iowa from Cleveland Clinic, Kimberly Hunter, DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, is used to working in a large, fast-paced academic health system. It’s one of the strengths she brings to her new role as chief nurse executive at UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Announcements

  • The Elevator E lobby on Level 5 of the Roy Carver Pavilion will be inaccessible to through traffic from 5:30 p.m. tomorrow until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, while the flooring is replaced.
  • Junior faculty in any department or college who wish to pursue cancer research can apply for a seed grant. Applications are due by noon on Monday, Aug. 2.

Today's tip

Did you know Interpreting Services is available 24/7? Page 4225 or call 319-356-1967.

We Stand Together

To help celebrate Pride Month, LGBTQ+ stickers are free for UI Health Care employees, students, trainees, and volunteers at the Main Entrance Information Desk and UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital Information Desk.

By the numbers

Patient-related care

Total inpatients: 796 today
Total outpatient visits: 3,802 today

C-19 adult inpatients: 4 yesterday, 621 to date
C-19 pediatric inpatients: 0 yesterday, 41 to date
% positive symptomatic C-19 test results**: 4% yesterday, 13% to date
Telehealth screenings***: 17 yesterday, 24,024 to date

Employee-specific data

Employees tested positive (self-reported)*: 1 yesterday, 1,671 to date
Employees who have received the first COVID-19 vaccine dose: 0 yesterday, 15,476 to date
Employees who have received both the first and second/final COVID-19 vaccine doses: 0 yesterday, 15,320 to date

Visit COVID-19 by the numbers for more info

Research volunteers invited

  • Cigarette smokers aged 55-80 are invited to participate in study about when they do/do not smoke. Quitting not required. Compensation provided. Contact LungHealth@healthcare.uiowa.edu or 319-214-3980.

Find more research studies at uihc.org/studies.

Events: Join us

Outside UI Health Care

Johnson County Board of Supervisors to seek approval from Bond Counsel on Solar Triangle project

The Johnson County Solar Triangle project would generate one-third of a billion kilowatt hours, more than the University of Iowa uses in a year, The Daily Iowan reports.

Iowa crops showing signs of stress from heat and lack of rain

Spotty rains across the state have not done much to boost soil moisture, WHO-13 reports.

Experts: Benefits of COVID-19 vaccine outweigh small heart risk

“The facts are clear: this is an extremely rare side effect, and only an exceedingly small number of people will experience it after vaccination. Importantly, for the young people who do, most cases are mild, and individuals recover often on their own or with minimal treatment,” said a statement from federal officials, the Associated Press reports.

Tokyo shapes up to be no-fun Olympics with many rules, tests

The Tokyo Olympics are caught between politicians who hope to save face by holding the games, and the International Olympic Committee with billions of dollars on the line, the Associated Press reports.

Former Hawkeye track athlete Aaron Mallet to compete for an Olympic spot

Mallet will attempt to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials this week, competing in the men’s 110-meter hurdles, The Daily Iowan reports.


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