Lifesaving Missions for Drones

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Medical Drone

Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a drone. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, were a hot item on last year’s Christmas lists. Beyond recreational fun, businesses are capitalizing on the drone’s potential to transform healthcare. Disaster Relief One of the first medical applications for a drone was disaster relief. […]

Codfish Skin Helps Heal Wounds, Reduces Pain Levels

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Codfish Skin Helps Heal Wounds

An innovative wound treatment using fish skin is bringing dramatic healing, reduction in pain and cost savings to patients at NKCH. Vascular Surgeon Karl Stark, MD, with Midwest Aortic and Vascular Institute and director of the hospital’s Wound Healing Center, along with his colleagues, are the Northland’s only physicians using codfish skin to treat chronic […]

Hands-free Imaging

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NKCH is currently the only Midwestern hospital using the Veinsite technology

The headgear looks like a Space Age invention, but in reality it’s a valuable patient care tool. Lab assistants, serving as phlebotomists, can use the Veinsite® Locator when drawing blood from patients with difficult to locate veins. It’s helpful in patients who are very young, elderly, obese, dehydrated or who have a dark skin tone. With up to 12,000 […]

Yellowstone Memories

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Lake Hospital in Yellowstone Park Medical Service

The beauty of Yellowstone National Park lured Medical Technologist Christie Burnett, CLS-ASCP, to leave her job and her home in the 1990s to work in the park’s only hospital, nestled on the northern shores of Yellowstone Lake. Each May-September, from 1993-1995, Christie worked for Yellowstone Park Medical Services as a medical technologist, testing blood samples […]

Lifesaving Trauma Care

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Dusty and Social Worker Dawn Grassman

Dusty Baker doesn’t remember the details from the car accident that changed his life on March 4, but he does remember the lifesaving care he received at NKCH. After a 21-day stay in ICU and another two weeks on a medical/surgical unit, Dusty left the hospital for a rehab facility, where he continued his recovery. […]

A Mother Daughter Tradition

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Mary and Karen, mother & daughter, get their annual mammogram together

It’s never too late to have your first mammogram. Just ask Mary Underwood, who had her first exam at age 64. “My daughter, Karen (Rounkles), had a mammogram scheduled at North Kansas City Hospital, and she asked me if I wanted to get one, too,” Mary said. “I said yes because I figured it was […]