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Month: October 2019

On a mission to improve patient care: a course of infection prevention and control

After reading Dr. Shaloo Puri’s inspiring reflections on her journey to St. Jude, I thought about my work at the hospital. I was waiting in the international airport in Mexico City for a flight back home. It had been a busy week. I taught 25 doctors, nurses and allied health care professionals from 13 Latin American countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina) how to improve care and prevent infections at their hospitals. The training is part of the St. Jude Infection Prevention and Control course, which is...

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Virtual reality: A new way for St. Jude parents to partner in patient family-centered care

Patient Family-Centered Care at St. Jude focuses on the belief that health care staff members and families work together as partners to best meet the needs of each child. To respond to the needs of each family, St. Jude relies on three parent-based groups to provide feedback, share experiences, educate other families and give input. The Patient Family Advisory Council, Parent Mentor Program and Quality of Life Steering Council are successful initiatives that play a major role in patient care decisions. A new Patient Family-Centered Care program will enhance the work of these groups by including more patients and...

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Histiocytic disorders are the focus of annual meeting at St. Jude

Imagine parenting a child with a disorder so rare that the correct diagnosis is a challenge. Finding enough other children with the disease for research to improve understanding and treatment is difficult. Generating interest or funding for the work is even tougher. That’s what the families of children diagnosed with histiocytic disorders, such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) and hemophagocytic lymphihistiocytosis (HLH), often face. This family of diseases are rare, related and often fatal. While the causes vary or in some cases are still unknown, the disorders share a common feature: Overproduction of white blood cells called histiocytes. The...

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Dinearounds: St. Jude employees become fast friends through meet-ups at Memphis restaurants

Before they met at a Dinearounds gathering at the local restaurant Bounty on Broad a few years ago, Kostadinka “Kosta” Atanasovska and Aksana Vasilyeva, PhD, had talked briefly on the phone a few times. Their professional lives crossed paths for work purposes—Kosta works in the Office of Human Subjects Protections and Aksana is a project coordinator for neuro-oncology research in the Cancer Center. Had they not met that evening, the pair may never have realized they both hail from eastern Europe and share mutual interests in local food and meeting new people. While they enjoy social interaction, both are...

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