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June 8, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Lee Health Convenient Care offices offering sports, school physicals

Between now and Sept. 30, Lee Health's Convenient Care urgent care offices are offering $25 sports, camp and school physicals with no appointment necessary.

These physicals include: height and weight, vital signs, allergies, medications, review of any past medical and surgical history and a physical exam

This easily accessible alternative for school and sports physicals is available at all four Convenient Care locations:

Page Field, 4771 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Summerlin, 16230 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pine Island Road, 1682 NE Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Metro, 13340 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit

Ultimate Knee Pain Relief Seminar June 20

Back In Motion Sport and Spine Physical Therapy will be hosting The Ultimate Knee Pain Seminar Wednesday, June 20, at 6 p.m., inside Anytime Fitness Center at 9211 College Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33919.

Dr. Scott Gray, founder of Back In Motion Sport and Spine Physical Therapy, is a knee pain relief expert, and specialty trained physical therapist.

The seminar will focus on natural ways to overcome or ease knee pain. Attendees will learn reasons why a knee injury hasn't healed on its own, why and surgery should be a last option. Additionally, the number one mistake patient's make when trying to resolve their knee issue will be revealed.

This seminar is designed to enable participants to get rid of knee pain, so they can stay healthy, fit, active, and have peace of mind.

The seminar is free to the first 50 people who register by calling 239-223-0484 or go to

Back in Motion Sport and Spine Physical Therapy is Fort Myers newest physical therapy practice. Located inside the Anytime Fitness on College Parkway, Dr. Gray has helped athletes, working professionals and retirees recover from knee pain, ankle injuries and neck and shoulder pain.

To learn more about Back in Motion Sport and Spine Physical Therapy visit

Lee Health pioneers blood culture collection system

Lee Health clinicians have reported an 83 percent reduction in false positive diagnostic results for bloodstream infections like sepsis, following the adoption of a new blood culture collection system. The collection system has been implemented in the health system's four emergency departments at Lee Memorial Hospital, Cape Coral Hospital, Gulf Coast Medical Center and HealthPark Medical Center.

"The ED is the gateway to the hospital for so many patients, so anything we can do to improve diagnostic accuracy has a significant impact on patient care," said Mary Bell, MS, RN, CEN, Nurse Manger of the Lee Memorial Hospital Emergency Department. "We've worked for years to reduce our blood culture contamination rates. We implemented the Steripath Initial Specimen Diversion Device (ISDD) which removes contaminants often found when blood is drawn using standard methods. It led to an immediate, statistically significant reduction in our contamination rates, providing a major improvement in safety for our patients."

"Sepsis is a multisystem organ dysfunction caused by infection. Early detection and timely treatment are significant determinants of survival because every hour treatment is delayed, decreases a patient's chance of survival. Sepsis, including septic shock, carries a high mortality rate of approximately 15-60 percent," said Marilyn Kole, M.D., Lee Health Vice President of Clinical Transformation. However, when standard practices are followed, an average of 40 percent positive results are actually false positives due to blood culture contamination. For instance, the blood may become contaminated with bacteria-containing fragments of a patient's skin that enter the needle during the blood culture collection process.

A sterile, closed-system device, the Steripath ISDD mechanically diverts, sequesters, and isolates the initial 1.5-2.0 mL of blood, the portion known to contain contaminants. The device then opens an independent, second sterile blood flow path to the culture bottles. The technology has been clinically proven to virtually eliminate blood culture contamination that can lead to the misdiagnosis of bloodstream infections like sepsis.

The new process is expected to impact health care costs associated with false-positive blood cultures and the expense and potential complications of unnecessary antibiotic treatment. The cost of a single false-positive blood culture can approach $10,000 because of the cost and potential complications of subsequent antibiotic therapy. Lee Health estimates the system-wide cost savings could be between $4.3 and $10.8 million annually with the technology implemented throughout Lee Health.

About Lee Health

Since the opening of the first hospital in 1916, Lee Health has been a healthcare leader in Southwest Florida, constantly evolving to meet the needs of the community. A non-profit, integrated healthcare services organization, Lee health is committed to the well-being of every individual served, focused on healthy living and maintaining good health. Staffed by caring people, inspiring health, services are conveniently located throughout the community in four acute care hospitals, two specialty hospitals, outpatient centers, walk-in medical centers, primary care and specialty physician practices and other services across the continuum of care. Learn more at

Free autism screenings for young children June 15

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, in partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Florida, offers a free monthly autism spectrum disorder screening for toddlers 18 months to five years of age.

The next screening on the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile will be held on June 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Family Health Center, 2256 Heitman St., Fort Myers.

It is estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder, making it more common than childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes and pediatric AIDS combined.

The ASD screening is conducted by the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. The screenings are administered by an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, who has extensive training and experience in typical child development and developmental disorders.

A physician referral is not required. To schedule a screening, call 239-343-6838.



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