ABCs of Emergency Care

When an emergency happens, you should always call 911 for assistance. But what if you’re in an area not quickly reached by first responders or you’re caught in a rapidly changing emergency? You may need to rely on your own skills to save a life before help arrives. The immediate threats to life— those requiring…
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Teaching Others to Save Lives

Lacy DeQuattro, NorthBay Healthcare Simulation Lab program coordinator, is not content with training mere hundreds of NorthBay Healthcare employees in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR); her mission is to reach out and blanket the community as well. Top: Jennifer Duncan, R.N., a clinical nurse II with NorthBay Healthcare, takes a test on her CPR skills.Bottom: James Parmer,…
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Keeping Kids Safe in a Challenging World

From knowing how to safely tuck an infant into bed, to dealing with a bully in junior high, how are parents able to keep their children safe in this complicated world? Whether a child is 4, like Jemal Dyson, or 14, parents need to be ever watchful about their changing safety risks, says Dr. Gilbert…
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It’s Critical: Have a Plan

Jacob and Kim Riley were inspired to create a family disaster preparedness plan after the birth of their daughter, Emma. Not only are Fairfield residents Jacob and Kim Riley ready in the event of a disaster, they’ve helped family and friends prepare as well. “We have a Facebook group that is just for family and…
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SURVIVAL TIPS: Fires to Floods

Earthquake Solano County is next to several earthquake fault lines and experts say it is only a matter of time before an earthquake the magnitude of 6.7 or greater occurs in the Bay Area. It you feel the earth rumbling, take the following precautions: If you’re indoors, stay inside. If you’re outside, stay outside. If…
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Legend of the Wild West

Tim West wasn’t ready to settle for anything less than full mobility when he signed up to be NorthBay Healthcare’s first total ankle replacement patient. Tim West, 73, knows his rough-and-tumble lifestyle cost him two knees, two shoulders, a fused spine, the tips of several fingers and a left ankle. The self-proclaimed cowboy—who lasted 8…
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Fighting Colorectal Cancer with Courage

Petra Pohl is a self-described introvert who really only ever felt comfortable speaking in front of the preschoolers she taught for years before her retirement. Imagine how difficult it is for the Vacaville resident to start a conversation about colorectal cancer. ABOVE: Petra Pohl, seated, appreciates the support she receives from her medical team at…
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A is for Asthma

Helping Patients Breathe Better Loc Tan Nguyen, M.D. For Loc Tan Nguyen, M.D., an internal medicine physician at the Center for Primary Care in Fairfield, the battle to help his patients overcome asthma is personal. He was just a baby in South Vietnam when his mother, Loi Pham, began suffering debilitating asthma attacks. His father,…
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B is for Blood

Three Basic Tests to Protect Your Health Blood tests are one of the most valuable diagnostic tools your doctor uses. Because blood travels throughout the body, and because so many elements in blood can be analyzed, blood tests can provide information on diseases, medical conditions, infections and the health of various body systems. There are…
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C is for Cancer

Thirty Years of Top-Notch Care It has been 30 years since the NorthBay Cancer Center started serving Solano County cancer patients with compassionate care, close to home. Since then, more than 14,000 cancer cases have been handled by NorthBay oncologists and hematologists, nurses and pharmacists, technologists and therapists using state-of-the-art technology and access to cutting-edge…
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