The importance of blood donation

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The New Year is a time for resolutions. Get healthy, save money, give toward a worthy cause. What if there were a way to really give of yourself and save lives, without having to spend a dime? There is a way to do just that–blood donation. In fact, a single donation can potentially help more than one person in need. One pint of blood can be separated into up to four main usable components: red blood cells, which help carry oxygen to vital organs; platelets, which form some of the building blocks of clots; plasma, the liquid part of blood that also contains clotting factors and cryoprecipitate that is made up of concentrated clotting factors that help stop bleeding. Full Entry »

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Neonatal Response team

NICU_2K16-0174_PVK_4669 Dr. Karen Johnson - photo by Paul Vincent Kuntz

The Neonatal Response team has been a part of Texas Children’s long before I started here. We use to respond to St Luke’s for deliveries. After the Pavilion for Women opened in 2012, we began to respond to our own deliveries. The team is made up of numerous professionals, including neonatologists, specially trained neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) registered nurses (RNs), respiratory therapists and often others. Our team is paged to all preterm deliveries (babies born before 36 weeks). Additionally, the Neonatal Response team is present at all deliveries of babies who have birth defects that require the baby to be admitted to the NICU, as well as for unexpected emergencies that occur just prior to delivery. Our team does everything to stabilize the baby, including assigning Apgar scores after delivery. This could include supporting the baby with a variety of tools for oxygen delivery, IV access and medications. We then transport many of these babies to the NICU or cardiovascular intensive care unit (CVICU). Full Entry »

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Why I’m running the Houston Marathon


Lucky. It’s a word we use almost every day in our house. We are so incredibly lucky to be a part of the Texas Children’s family. And because of Texas Children’s, we are also incredibly lucky to have two healthy and happy identical twin girls. Full Entry »

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Maternal mortality in Texas

This blog was co-authored by Dr. Lisa Hollier & Dr. Carla Ortique.

According to a recent study in the medical journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, the rate of maternal mortality in Texas has increased significantly, from 18.6 deaths per 100,000 live births in 2010 to over 30 per 100,000 in 2014. In the U.S., maternal deaths have jumped 27 percent from 2000 to 2014. Full Entry »

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Preconception counseling visit 101

It is easy to get caught up in the excitement of planning for a baby’s arrival. But, often, we do not think about planning for the actual pregnancy. This is where your OB/Gyn should come in. If you are ready to start a family, consider scheduling a preconception counseling visit with your doctor. The purpose of this visit is to perform a risk assessment and work on optimizing your health before conception. Some of the critical the development of your baby’s organs, or organogenesis, occurs before a woman is seen for her first prenatal visit, and approximately 30 percent of women do not initiate prenatal care until the second trimester. Additionally, despite a multitude of contraceptive options, nearly 50 percent of pregnancies are unintentional. Preconception counseling can help identify and modify risk factors to help achieve a healthy pregnancy for both mother and baby. Full Entry »

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