Save a Life


In the event of a medical emergency, could you save a life? Learn how to cope during life’s most unexpected crises. And, the triplets are here!

Can Soap Make You Infertile?
Studies show that some anti-bacterial soap can lead to infertility. Some of your favorite name brand soaps contain a chemical called triclocarban, which researchers say can alter hormonal activity in humans. In essence, it acts as a hormone by binding to hormone receptor sites on a cellular level. Dr. Lisa reminds women that the vagina is like a self-cleaning oven, so there’s no need to interfere with Mother Nature!

Dr. Ordon points out that in a society obsessed with germs and cleanliness, there’s still nothing wrong with using good old-fashioned soap and water - unless you’re performing surgery, of course! 


Preventing SIDS
Scientists still don’t know the exact cause of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), but research has shown that babies should be placed on their backs to sleep. Although parents may be vigilant about this practice at home, over half of daycare centers are not, so make sure that your daycare center has a written sleep safety policy.

Experts also say that running a fan in the baby’s room can decrease the risk of SIDS by over 70 percent. We may not know exactly why, but Dr. Ordon offers that different concentrations of carbon dioxide may affects the part of the infant’s brain that regulates breathing. He posits, “Maybe they have something that’s not right and too much CO2 causes them to die.”

Tips for preventing SIDS:

• Put baby to sleep on back

• Don’t smoke

• Use a firm mattress

• Use a crib or bassinet

• Keep your baby close by

• Offer a pacifier

• Moderate room temperature


Fifty-Six-Year-Old Surrogate Grandmother

Kim had a hysterectomy before she met her husband, Joe. Desperate to have children, the couple fervently sought a solution.

Eventually Kim’s mother, Jaci, offered to be a surrogate for Kim’s fertilized embryos. Although she is 56-years-old, Jaci was deemed healthy enough to be a surrogate mother and according to her doctor, has the uterus of a 30-year-old! Jaci’s one caveat? “You owe me a tummy tuck!” she tells Kim jokingly. 


A Turn for the Worse
Jaci’s pregnancy was going well until an ultrasound showed that the littlest one, Carmina, was losing essential blood flow from the umbilical cord. “The pregnancy definitely took a dramatic turn for the worse,” Kim remembers. “If Carmina was going to survive, she had to come out right away. We were petrified.”

Jaci was rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section and the babies were whisked into incubators. When Carmina came out, her weak body was purple and limp. Kim and Joe looked on anxiously as 24 doctors worked frantically to save the babies that came six weeks early. “I was more scared than I’ve ever been in my whole life,” Kim admits.

At birth, Elizabeth weighed in at 2 pounds 14 1/2 ounces, Gabriella weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces and Carmina weighed 2 pounds.


All’s Well That Ends Well
Despite the initial scare, the babies are thriving. They are able to take a bottle and have each hit the three-pound mark. Initially the weakest one, Carmina is now the strongest of the three. The triplets are still in the NICU at the Cleveland Clinic, so the happy family joins the show via satellite.

See footage from the delivery room here!


CVS Pharmacy donates a year’s supply of diapers for the triplets, Johnson and Johnson Baby donates a slew of baby products and the Marengo Luxury Spa extends an invitation for Jaci and Kim to indulge in a day’s worth of pampering. 

Heimlich Maneuver

Dr. Travis and Dr. Jim take turns demonstrating how to perform the Heimlich maneuver on each another. “You need to create pressure to expel the air out of the lungs and then cause the object to project out of the mouth,” Dr. Travis explains.


Stand behind the choking victim, wrap your arms around them, clench your hands together to create a balled fist, and then place your hands between their bellybutton and ribcage. Finally, pull and thrust inward and upward to push the air out of the lungs.

Dr. Jim cautions that the Heimlich maneuver can actually harm a baby’s liver or spleen, so if an infant is under the age of one and choking, do back blows instead. He demonstrates the correct method on a doll.  


Shock of a Lifetime
Anaphylactic shock can claim a life in less than five minutes. It is a severe type of allergic reaction that occurs within seconds after a person comes into contact with an allergen, triggering a massive immune system response. High levels of histamines and other substances flood the body and cause a rapid systemic failure, which leads to an immediate drop in blood pressure, swelling of the tongue, throat and eyes, difficulty breathing, shock, and if left untreated, death. Allergens can be types of food, animals, insects or even certain types of drugs.


Brandi recounts how her 20-month-old son, Ryan, had an allergic reaction while she remained frozen with fear. But big brother, Alex (only three years old!), knew exactly what to do. He ran and grabbed the Epi-Pen that his father taught him how to use, thrust it into Ryan’s thigh, and saved his life!


The Epi-Pen contains a large dosage of epinephrine, or adrenaline, which counters the effects of the histamine reaction. However, the Epi-Pen is not a solution; it just buys you time to get to the emergency room. The important thing to remember is that every minute counts, so make sure to act quickly and get the victim to a hospital immediately. 




Could you perform a tracheotomy on yourself or someone else if no one was there to help? A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure performed when there is an obstruction in the trachea, or windpipe. An incision is made in the trachea and a tube is inserted to bypass the obstruction and allow air to reach the lungs. Using the blunt end of a scalpel, Dr. Ordon demonstrates on Travis how to perform a tracheotomy. See it here!


When Animals Attack
Although most dogs are trained house pets, it is critical to teach your children what to do if they attack.  

What to Do When an Animal Attacks:

• Avoid eye contact

• Speak softly

• Protect body with object if possible

• Use a heavy object to strike the animal’s head

• Get in a fetal position and cover face, head and neck



Medic 101

If you find yourself in a situation where someone is bleeding excessively, time is of the essence, so follow the steps below.


How to Stop Excessive Bleeding:

• Apply pressure to the wound

• Apply pressure bandage once bleeding stops

• Elevate bleeding limb

• Use a tourniquet as a last resort

• Lie down/ keep warm if internal bleeding is suspected

Winter is coming and it’s time to bundle up! Frostbite occurs when the body is exposed to the cold for a prolonged period of time and the fluid in the body’s cells start to crystallize. The crystals impede the flow of blood to the cells, and as a result, the tissue dies. Extremities such as the feet, hands, ears and tip of the nose are affected first. “Once it hits a certain point, you have no alternative but to amputate,” Dr. Ordon notes.


“If you’re outside and you get that tingling feeling in your arms or legs and think you have frostbite, putting your limbs in tepid, warm water is the best thing to do,” Dr. Travis advises.


Hypothermia occurs when the body’s temperature drops below the required level necessary for normal metabolic function, and begins to shut down. If left unchecked, it will cause death.


Symptoms of Hypothermia:

• A case of the “umbles” – stumbles, mumbles, fumbles and grumbles

• Slurred speech

• Abnormally slow rate of breathing

• Cold, pale skin

• Fatigue, lethargy or apathy


What to Do For Hypothermia:

• Remove person out of the cold

• Remove wet clothing

• Insulate the person’s body from the cold ground

• Monitor breathing

• Share body heat

• Provide warm beverages*

*No alcohol! It will only make the condition worse.


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OAD 11/13/08