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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

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What You Need to Know About Coronavirus

Posted on: February 5th, 2020 by Encompass Healthcare

Coronavirus continues to dominate the news as the epidemic spreads throughout China and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed cases in the United States. The first diagnosis of this novel (new) coronavirus named 2019-nCoV was in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, and many nations have put restrictions in place for travel to and from China.

The confirmed cases in the United States currently are limited to Washington, California, Arizona and Illinois; however, the CDC is investigating potential cases in several other states, so more confirmations may be forthcoming.

On January 30, 2020, the CDC confirmed the first person-to-person transmission of the new coronavirus, between a husband and wife in Illinois. Subsequently, the World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the new coronavirus an international public health emergency, only the sixth time it’s done so. The CDC currently advises travelers to avoid all nonessential travel to China.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2019 novel coronavirus.

1. The 2019 novel coronavirus spreads from person to person, though not necessarily through actual contact. The CDC continues to research exactly how 2019-nCoV spreads, but does say it spreads from person to person. At this time, that doesn’t necessarily mean actual contact. With the previous outbreaks of similar conditions MERS and SARS, it was believed those viruses spread person to person when an infected person coughed or sneezed and virus particles were transmitted to others, much like how influenza and other respiratory viruses spread.

2. Symptoms range from mild to severe. The common cold is also spread by a coronavirus. For some patients, coronavirus symptoms mimic those of a common cold, while others experience the same symptoms that accompany a severe respiratory infection. These include runny nose, fever, cough, sore throat, and shortness of breath. In some cases, the symptoms are so severe they require hospitalization and have resulted in death. Right now, the CDC believes symptoms can appear within two days or wait as long as 14 days after exposure.

3. Treatment options are limited to addressing the symptoms.
As research into 2019-nCoV continues, there is no specific antiviral treatment available or recommended to fight the virus at this time. Instead, patients infected with the virus should receive appropriate treatment to help relieve symptoms, as well as restrict any activity outside the home and avoid crowded areas in order to prevent transmission.

4. There is no vaccine for 2019-nCoV infection. Because there currently is no vaccine to protect against 2019-nCoV, the best prevention against the virus is to avoid exposure. In addition, to help prevent the spread of this and other viruses, the CDC recommends washing your hands often using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer can be used when soap and water are not available.

Also, always use a tissue to cover your cough or sneeze, and immediately discard the tissue. If you are sick, stay at home until you are well. Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. Avoid close contact with anyone else who is sick, and keep washing your hands.

While many stores are selling out of protective face masks, the CDC does not recommend them for coronavirus prevention. Instead, officials emphasize hand washing as more effective protection from this and any other virus.

5. The source of 2019 novel coronavirus is linked to animals, but not confirmed as the cause. Because many patients in the Wuhan, China, outbreak were linked to a large seafood and animal market, it’s possible the virus originated in an animal source. However, that cannot be confirmed until the results of analysis of the virus’ genetic tree become available. Other coronavirus that originated from animals include SARS (civet cats) and MERS (camels).

6. Speak to your doctor if you recently traveled to Wuhan, China, or other affected areas. If you returned from Wuhan, China, or other affected areas, or you think you came in contact with someone who could be infected, do not wait for symptoms to appear. Call your healthcare provider right away, and he or she will coordinate with your local public health department and the CDC to see if you should be tested.

For the most recent information about 2019 novel coronavirus, check the CDC website for updates, including the number of confirmed cases and advice for travelers.

What’s Sleep Got To Do With Healing?

Posted on: January 29th, 2019 by Mindy Ruben

What does sleep have to do with infection healing and wound healing?

A lot!

In fact, according to a recent article, when you sleep, your brain can attend to other issues within your body. When there are areas that need healing, the brain triggers the release of hormones that encourage tissue growth to repair blood vessels. This helps wounds to heal faster AND also restores sore or damaged muscles. While you sleep, your body can make more white blood cells that can attack viruses and bacteria that may interfere with the healing process. So if you are being treated for an infectious disease or a serious infection, getting enough sleep will be a critical part of your healing plan!

In fact, when you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is not able to properly protect the body from infection. So getting an infection in the first place becomes a greater risk. According to expert Infectious Disease and Wound Healing doctor Bruce E. Ruben, M.D. of West Bloomfield, Michigan, this is true for viral, bacterial, and fungal infections. Dr. Bruce Ruben treats patients from all over Oakland County, Michigan.

It is true that many of us struggle with the ability to get more sleep. We all have so much to do, we live busy lives and somehow sleep gets the short end of the stick. Afterall, that’s what coffee is for, right?! Well, putting all kidding aside, it’s important to consider sleep in infection healing and in wound healing.

So now you know that good, restful sleep is one way that your body recovers from damage and protects itself against illness. If getting those zzzz’s seems like an arduous task, think of it as a “prescription”–one that comes from your own body’s desire to get better, heal, and to remain healthy.

What’s sleep got to do with infection & wound healing?

Congratulations to Dr. Bruce Ruben Who Received The 2018 Top Infectious Disease, Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care Specialist Award in Michigan!

Posted on: April 28th, 2018 by Encompass Healthcare

We are so proud of our Doctor Bruce Ruben who received the 2018 Top Infectious Disease, Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Care Specialist award in Michigan! Dr. Bruce Ruben, internationally known as “The Wound Doc,” is the Founder and Medical Director of Encompass HealthCare and Wound Medicine. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, Dr. Ruben pioneered outpatient IV therapy and outpatient wound care.  To read about Dr. Ruben and his award, click HERE.

Bruce E. Ruben, M.D., founder and Medical Director of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan receives 2018 Top Doctor Award

Bruce E. Ruben, M.D., founder and Medical Director of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan receives 2018 Top Doctor Award.

Bruce E. Ruben, M.D., founder and Medical Director of Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan receives 2018 Top Doctor AwardRuben is also a member of the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee and National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA) board, an advisory board member of WoundSource, and serves on the board of The Emily Stillman Foundation in the Detroit and West Bloomfield, Michigan area.

EXPERT INFECTION & WOUND HEALING DOCTOR

Dr. Bruce Ruben is an expert in healing stubborn, non-healing infections & wounds. Offering services such as  I.V. antibiotic therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, venous ablation, manual lymphatic drainage, unna boots, skin substitutes & more, Doctor Ruben and his staff offer these services to heal stubborn bed sores, pressure ulcers, bacterial infections, viral infections, burns, & other medical problems. His medical contributions are unparalleled & remarkably, patients can refer themselves.

The office phone number is 248-624-9800 or Dr. Ruben can be reached through our contact form found HERE.

 

 

 

Leading Infectious Disease, Hyperbaric Medicine and Wound Care Specialist, Bruce E. Ruben, MD is to be Recognized as a 2018 Top Doctor in Michigan

 

 

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle request charity donations instead of wedding gifts, including donations to HIV association

Posted on: April 9th, 2018 by Encompass Healthcare

Newly engaged Prince Harry & Meghan Markle request charity donations instead of wedding gifts. In fact the Royal couple chose seven charities which “represent a range of issues that they are passionate about,” the Palace said in a statement, including women’s empowerment, HIV, homelessness and the environment.
Royal couple Prince Harry & Meghan Markle request charity donations instead of wedding gifts, including donations to an HIV charity, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.
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Avoid Amputation At Encompass HealthCare & Watch Our Video

Posted on: December 8th, 2015 by Mindy Ruben

We avoid amputation by delivering the most sophisticated wound healing technology to our patients…all outside of a hospital, safely at our in-house wound treatment center.

At Encompass Healthcare, our patients have been able to avoid amputation because we have access to hospital-level technology without the hassles that hospitals present. Our sophisticated wound care technology includes treatments such as venous ablation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, I.V. antibiotics, x-rays, special dressings and a home-like atmosphere that is anything but hospital-like!  (more…)

See Dr. Ruben’s Video On Refractory Osteomyelitis

Posted on: November 4th, 2015 by Mindy Ruben

Refractory osteomyelitis is a recurrent case of osteomyelitis.

This patient has recurring or refractory osteomyelitis of his lower jaw.

This patient has recurring or refractory osteomyelitis of his lower jaw.

Osteomyelitis is a fancy word for bone infection and refractory osteomyelitis can become a problem if untreated.

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Healthcare-Acquired Infections

Posted on: May 2nd, 2014 by Encompass Healthcare

According to the American Hospital Association, over 36 million patients are admitted to hospitals every year with healthcare-acquired infections. Presumably, these patients go to hospitals to get well, but one in 20 end up getting something else: an infection. Worse, one in nine of those infections result in death. (more…)

Remember Mumps?

Posted on: April 3rd, 2014 by Encompass Healthcare

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After the recent mumps outbreak at the Ohio State University and its subsequent spread beyond campus and into the community, it’s a good time to review what you can do to avoid contracting the infection, and what you can do if you become infected.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), mumps is a serious disease caused by a virus. Symptoms include fever, headache, and swollen glands. Mumps infection can lead to deafness, meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord covering), painful swelling of the testicles or ovaries, and, rarely, death.

Children should receive their first vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella at 12 to 15 months, and the second dose at 4 to 6 years.

Mumps is a highly infectious disease that spreads the same way as a cold or flu does — through respiratory droplets when someone coughs or sneezes. It’s recommended that patients have five days of isolation after diagnosis. That’s the time period when the disease is most infectious.

Two doses of the mumps vaccine offers immunity from the disease, Encompass HealthCare & Wound Medicine, West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Two doses of the mumps vaccine offers immunity from the disease.

It’s difficult to isolate any disease within a crowded university setting, which may be one of the reasons why the OHU outbreak was so widespread. Plus, in one-third of cases, there are no symptoms. So the disease can be spread unknowingly.

There is no specific treatment; it’s a virus, so it doesn’t respond to antibiotics. Simply, it just has to run its course and generally resolves in one to two weeks.

During that time, patients should:

  1. Wash their hands frequently
  2. Cover their cough
  3. Stay at home if they’re sick to prevent spreading the disease.

Avoiding this infection is a function of when were you vaccinated, how many doses of the vaccine you received and whether you ever had an outbreak of this virus. Having two doses of the vaccine is the best way to prevent contracting the illness.

According to the CDC, all adults born during or after 1957 should have documentation of one dose of the vaccine. Adults at higher risk, such as university students, health care personnel, international travelers and persons with potential mumps outbreak exposure should have documentation of two doses of mumps vaccine or other proof of immunity to mumps.

In general, you’re considered to be immune to mumps if you’ve previously had the infection, or if you’ve been two-dose immunized against the disease. However, in the case of an outbreak, the CDC has issued guidance for considerations for use of a third dose in specifically identified target populations such as schools, colleges and healthcare settings.

 

New to the world of fermented foods?

Posted on: March 25th, 2014 by Mindy Ruben

What are fermented foods? Are they good for you?
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New to the world of fermented foods? Learn about the benefits of these foods in your diet, how they effective they are at supporting digestion and immunity, and overall wellness and disease-resistance.  (more…)

Hospital-Acquired Infections

Posted on: February 10th, 2014 by Encompass Healthcare

I got sent to The Front a couple of weeks ago. I call hospitals “The Front” because there are constant biological wars being waged there that infect over two million patients a year with hospital-acquired infections and kill over 100,000. (more…)

 

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