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Recently Acquired at Laniado Hospital: One of the Most Sophisticated Catheterization Machines in the world

Interview with Dr. Yitzchak Hertz, Director of the Catheterization InstituteCATH

The new catheterization machine that was recently acquired by Laniado Hospital offers the perfect excuse to interview the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Institute, Dr. Yitzchak Hertz.  The interview took place in the new catheterization room, near the new machine.  

Dr. Hertz, what are the advantages of the new machine at the Catheterization Institute?   
"The machine, manufactured by Philips,  conforms to the latest technological standards in the field.  Its imaging capabilities are among the highest in Israel and the world.  The machine allows us, as doctors and staff, to get complete relevant medical information, and to perform ultrasounds and measure pressure inside the artery that we are catheterizing.  The radiation emitted by the machine is tens of percentages less than the old machines and the risks posed by the radiation is significantly less.  Furthermore, the machine allows me, as a senior physician, to access the catheterization results via the Internet and guide my team if I am not physically present.  This machine is very expensive - about $800,000 - and it is an excellent solution for residents of the area who require catheterization.  I have no doubt that the medical service patients will receive through this state-of-the-art catheterization machine is the best you can get today. "

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Laniado Hospital mobilizes to help pregnant wives of reserve soldiers who were called up

Private midwives assigned to women who come to give birth without their husbandszav8

Over 40,000 reserve soldiers have been called up in Operation “Protective Edge,” to protect the homeland during these times of escalated terror attacks.   In support of the war effort, Laniado Hospital is offering a private midwife free of charge to the soldiers’ pregnant wives who are about to give birth.  

When the expectant mother  arrives at the Emergency Room of the Maternity Department,  and reports  being the wife of a reservist who has been called up to active duty,  she is assigned a private midwife.  The midwife personally accompanies her through labor and birth and afterwards, providing support and assistance in the absence of her husband.

This project was initiated by the midwives themselves and was quickly approved by the administration.   "I'm glad to be able to help women whose husbands were called up,” says Penina Rosenwasser, a senior midwife at Laniado.   “This is the small contribution we, the midwives, can make for these wonderful women.   The idea to do this came following a visit to one of the bereaved families, in which the widow is in an advanced stage of pregnancy. I realized that there is something that only we, as midwives, can offer women whose husbands have been called up – to accompany them during the birth process.  I thank the   Laniado administration for its responsiveness to our initiative.   

Delivery room phone number:    09-860-4653/9

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Don’t be afraid of the fear

fear2-01The security situation in the south of Israel creates a state of anxiety for elderly people living in the south.  Dr. Vered  Hermush,  Director of the Geriatric Department at Laniado Hospital, explains how to recognize symptoms of anxiety among the elderly and how to treat them.
The security situation in the south today naturally creates  various levels  of fear and anxiety in the general population - and how much more so among the elderly.  Therefore, it is important to be aware that anxiety in the elderly does not necessarily indicate emotional illness that requires  psychological or psychiatric treatment.   Anxiety is relatively common  among older people  and therefore there is no need to "be afraid of the fear."   In times of crisis and difficulty, like the current situation in the south,  maintaining a lifestyle that includes anti-anxiety behaviors is highly recommended.  These include exercise, listening to music, breathing exercises and, of course, calls of encouragement and support by family and friends.  In addition, non-drug therapies such as art therapy,  movement relaxation and  animal therapy are also recommended.  As Director of the  Geriatric Department, I can state with certainty that maintaining  this kind of lifestyle makes it possible to deal with anxiety to  a degree that  enables  a  normal routine – depending, of course, on the objective situation, which is far from  simple.

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Lowering the Stress Level in the Secure  Room

Hila Boaz, chief dietician at  Laniado Hospital, offers nutrition tips to reduce stress and anxiety

food-in-warThe level of anxiety among Israelis has been high in recent  days.  Sirens, barrages of rockets, news alerts that heighten the drama and more.  This pressure unquestionably filters down into the secure room or shelter.   According to Hila Boaz, chief dietician at  Laniado Hospital, proper nutrition can improve our ability to cope with anxiety and stress.

Hila, what is the connection between diet and anxiety?   
"The food we ingest enters our body and provides different nutrients. Studies show that specific substances can help in coping with anxiety.  I am also trained as an NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) therapist and in NLP, the relationship between the physiological and emotional is clear.  I believe that good nutrition and various relaxation exercises can improve the quality of life in the secure area.. "