Carilion Clinic Blogs

Does This Work? by Jude Prashaw

This morning I put on a gown and gloves and walked into her room in pediatrics. She is 17, two hours away from home and all alone. Now and then she winced in pain, not quite recovered from a recent surgery. “I don’t know what to make”, she said, as I handed her a lump of clay.  “Anything you want,” I told her. She pressed and molded the clay and soon a small figure with long hair appeared, soft and delicate and faceless. “It’s lovely,” I said. “I will put your figure into my boat that is in the lobby,” I told her; she will be a passenger in Hope Floats. I gathered my tools, placed the clay back in my bag and said, “I hope I don’t see you again, at least not here in the hospital.” “Me too,” she said and thanked me for coming.  

How Forensic Nurses Help Victims

Nurses are there to help people - forensic nurses help people who have experienced the worst physical and emotional trauma imaginable.  Carilion's forensic nursing program is set to mark it's 20th anniversary -- two decades providing compassionate care to victims while collecting and protecting evidence used to prosecute the attacker. 

How are doctors saving more tiny, premature babies than ever before?

The cover on Time Magazine this week features a tiny premature infant, one of thousands who survive and thrive thanks to the remarkable doctors, nurses and technology in today's Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). These miracles occur every day at the Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital NICU, located at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

New Medical Camera Examines the Heart with Better Images, Less Radiation

New technology is giving Carilion Clinic cardiologists a clearer look at their patients' hearts. During a nuclear medicine scan, a special camera measures the function of the heart. Carilion's newest camera captures better images while using less radiation.

Botox Effectively Treats Overactive Bladder, Without the Side Effects of Medication

An overactive bladder, a condition also called "urge incontinence" can seriously affect a person's quality of life. Medications help,  but have side effects. Recent research found that a simple, painless Botox injection is just as effective as medication, without the side effects.  Carilion Clinic's Urogynecology Department is the only physician's group in the region performing the procedure.

Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center Receives Komen Grant to provide Screenings

The Carilion Clinic Breast Care Center will be able to provide more free breast cancer screenings thanks to a $91,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate. Many thanks to our local Komen affiliate and the hundreds of people who support its fundraising efforts each year!