Weekly roundup: August 8, 2014

This past week, a variety of conditions brought patients to Oakwood locations in Dearborn, Downriver and western Wayne County. Here’s a quick overview of what our doctors saw this week:

  • At Oakwood Hospital – Southshore, doctors saw a large number of patients with upper respiratory problems due to the high humidity. Our doctors recommend reducing outdoor activity to a minimum when humidity rises above 60 percent. If you must be outside, try to do so in the early morning or later in the day, when temperatures are typically lower. High heat and humidity can be a problem for many, especially for older people and the very young.
  • The emergency department at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Canton is reporting many cases of hand, foot and mouth disease among children. This has been common at Oakwood primary care offices as well; Jerald Purifoy, MD reported last week that there were several cases at Oakwood Healthcare Center – Southgate.
  • The Critical Care Unit at Oakwood Hospital – Southshore continues to report a higher than normal caseload of pneumonia patients.

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