Sunday, August 3, 2014

From Our Friends In China

Dear blog readers,

Dr. David Z. Wang, DO is our "go to" doctor for stroke related help and information. Dr. Wang is a Board Certified Vascular Neurologist with the Illinois Neurological Institute (INI). He is the Director of the INI Stroke Center & Network. He has led the INI Stroke Center to become the first JCAHO certified primary stroke center in the State of Illinois. Dr. Wang is also clinical associate professor of neurology and vice chairman of the department of neurology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria. He practices at Pekin Hospital in Pekin, Illinois and OSF St. Francis hospital in Peoria, Illinois. 

Here is an email Dr. Wang sent to the Stroke Team about the 5th Grade Education that has gone "International" since Dr. Dong took it back to China with her after her six months here in a Fellowship with INI.
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Dear All,You should be very proud of what you have done in expanding your mission. Please see the attachment. Dr. Dong, who was here for 6 months, and went along with Jan (Jahnel) and TSD to do fifth grade education has done one school children education in Shanghai. This was the first!

The newsletter says:
Huashan hospital has collaborated with the Jinan neighborhood many times to provide medical education to the public. This time Dr. Dong gave a talk on “Getting to know about stroke”. People may be puzzled as to why teaching kids about stroke and would kids have trouble comprehend?

At the beginning of the talk, Dr. Dong answered this question. She said to the kids and their parents that stroke education to the fifth graders have been done often in the US. Since children are often having their adult parents or grandparents accompanied, once stroke happened to these adults, children can act upon quickly and save their lives. She also said that it is not difficult to understand stroke. After she talked about stroke in an easy to understand way, children understood her well. They especially paid attention to those stroke cases she illustrated. Children afterward realized that this lecture not only taught them about stroke, but also called upon their responsibility.

In order to let children have a feel how being handicapped would feel, she designed an experiment. She divided up those kids into four groups and asked them to either use one hand to write, fold a towel, put shoes on or get backpack ready. Kids realized that it is painful to complete these taking for granted daily routine if being handicapped by stroke. They had a better understanding whey there is an urgent need to save the brain from stroke.

Lastly, Dr. Dong said to them that stroke is preventable. She taught them that everyone should have a healthy lifestyle starting when they are young: exercise routinely, watch out for your diet, do not smoke, etc. She asked children to keep an eye on their parents on observing these healthy life styles.

Children loved her lecture and felt this time the theme is not only refreshing but offered useful information. They were really very involved. The neighborhoods and schools have decided to conduct more stroke education activities by the hospital so that more people can have a healthy life.

(The letter attachment follows for those of you who are fortunate enough to read the original in Chinese)

2014年华山医院康乐社区服务
——神经内科健康宣教:带领孩子认识脑卒中

华山医院与静安寺街道合作开展“同心讲坛”已有多次,而本次医务社工部又邀请了神经内科董漪医生,于72日上午,为近40名静安寺街道社区学校的孩子们开展一次主题为“认识脑卒中”的健康宣教。以往此类活动所针对的往往是中老年人,而本次则突破常规选择了孩子作为宣教对象。许多人会疑惑:对着一群才上小学的孩子们讲中风,他们会理解吗?况且有这个必要吗?
在本次讲座的开始,董医生就解答了大家的疑惑,她告诉在座的孩子和家长们:面向小学四、五年级的孩子开展卒中宣教在美国早已十分普及。因为孩子的身边常常有陪伴的老人,一旦发生卒中,孩子们若掌握了识别的知识,及时拨打急救电话,就能够使得老人在第一时间得到救治。关于卒中的知识并不深奥,董医生用通俗易懂的语言一经解释,孩子们便都理解了,而关于病人的案例故事也吸引孩子们听得更专注。董医生告诉孩子们掌握卒中的识别,他们甚至能够救人,孩子们意识到这不是一堂简单的讲座,带给他们的不仅是知识,还有更多的责任。
为了让孩子们更感性地理解卒中后偏瘫的感觉,董医生还准备了一个体验环节,将孩子们分为四组,分别体验用一只手写名字、叠浴巾、穿脱鞋袜和整理书包,大家发现要用一只手完成日常的事物的确非常困难,更深刻地理解了偏瘫的痛苦,和及时治疗卒中的重要性。
最后,董医生也告诉大家预防卒中很简单:保持运动、合理饮食、不抽烟,而这些都是我们日常生活中完全可以做到的,鼓励大家保持健康要从小做起,并且也要督导家人遵守这三条健康法则。本次与众不同的宣教大受孩子们欢迎,对于这样新鲜的科普主题,大家都很感兴趣,听得非常投入。静安寺街道社区学校也预约了更多华山医院的宣教活动,希望能将健康生活带给更多的社区居民。



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