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Learn About Our Experts April 30, 2013

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Hello patients, families, & caregivers,

The Barrow NPH Center is hosting the first Patient Education Day this Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Barrow Neurological Institute.  Take a few minutes to look through the NPH Speaker Bios. We will have the video presentations available on this blog in about two weeks.

There are a few seats still available. Call (877) 602-4111 to register.  All those attending in person must register in advance.

Watch the webcast

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

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Transitioning from the Hospital to Home? We Can Help. April 19, 2013

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Health care professionals often are concerned about discharging elderly patients from the hospital without being certain they will receive the proper assistance once they get home. Caregivers and family members can be just as concerned.

If you or someone you know has experienced this apprehension, or if you have a loved one scheduled for a hospital admission in the near future, please visit the ACTIVATE Community Resource Room at St. Joseph’s Hospital for assistance. The hospital concierge desk (located inside the main entrance of the hospital) can direct you to the ACTIVATE room. They can also be reached by phone at (602) 406-2374.

The ACTIVATE Community Resource Room can offer assistance with the following:

  • Behavioral and Mental Health Resources
  • Caregiver Services
  • Community Resources
  • Food, Clothing, and Medical
  • Equipment
  • Government Subsidized Care
  • Housing Options
  • In-Home Care Options
  • Palliative Care, Hospice Care

Please post any questions or comments you have to this blog.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Don’t Forget to Register for the NPH Patient Education Day, April 27, 2013 April 12, 2013

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Hello patients, families, and caregivers-

The Barrow NPH Center is pleased to announce our Patient Education Day on April 27, 2013 at Barrow Neurological Institute. Learn from NPH experts including Drs. Joseph Zabramski, Terry Fife, Jiong Shi, Jeannine Morrone-Strupinsky, and others on hot topics about this condition.

Individuals attending in-person must register by April 19, 2013. Registration is being taken via phone at (877) 602-4111. The cost is $15/person and lunch with the speakers is included in the fee. Please click here to view event details.

We will be recording the presentations to provide on our live webcast and on demand video. For this reason we can only invite adults to attend in person to ensure the broadcast is not interrupted. Those viewing the webcast from the comforts of their home do not need to register. You will be able to access the live presentation without a user ID or password. Try connecting to this site in advance to ensure there are no technical problems with your computer.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
 Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

What is a Shunt? April 1, 2013

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NPH can often be treated successfully with a special implantable device called a shunt. This device drains excess Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) away from the brain to another part of the body, usually the abdominal cavity, where it can be absorbed.

There are a variety of shunt types with different capabilities but the most prevalent type used for NPH patients is one containing a programmable value. The valve is the component of the shunt which controls the speed with which the fluid is drained away from the brain. As we age our brains become more fragile and it is crucial that close attention is given to the speed of this flow. Draining too little may not improve the patient’s symptoms yet draining too fast could cause bleeding in the brain.

A shunt operation is not a cure and does not treat the underlying cause of NPH. It can, however, relieve the symptoms. The shunt remains in place indefinitely. If properly implanted, the shunt is seldom obvious to other people. The earlier the NPH is diagnosed, the better the chances that the surgery will help the patient. In general, people with milder symptoms have better outcomes after this surgery than those with more severe symptoms.

For more information about shunt please click on the link below to view our website.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus Center
Margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org