Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Connecticut Hospitals/Health Systems Contacted

(Updated 2/18/2020)

I continue to read personal testimonies from members of our corn allergy support groups documenting that medical personnel continue to administer dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients in direct violation of the contraindication warning on the package insert.  It is also apparent that too many medical professionals do not understand the critical difference between dextrose and corn-derived dextrose, citric acid and corn-derived citric acid, ascorbic acid and corn-derived ascorbic acid, etc.  Anything derived from corn can prove fatal to the anaphylactic corn-allergic patient.  The most heartbreaking testimonies are from parents of corn-allergic infants, many of whom have been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" due to the lack of corn-free infant formulas.  Hospitals have NO alternative safe sources of corn-free nutrition to feed to these struggling babies, and their pediatricians/dietitians cannot offer any assistance to parents of corn-allergic infants. 

In summary, the corn allergy population can consume very few processed foods; and no commercially-processed non-organic meat, poultry, seafood, produce, or fruit due to government-authorized corn-derived acid washes.  Many corn-allergic patients must have their medications compounded to exclude corn; and since tap water may contain corn due to corn-derived purification chemicals, many are forced to purchase other sources of corn-free water.  In addition, it is difficult trying to find a water filtration system that is not manufactured with corn-derived components.

Therefore, the primary message I am sharing with these hospitals/health systems is that it will now be their responsibility to provide corn-free foods, fluids, and medications (compounded to exclude corn-derived ingredients) to corn-allergic patients.  Otherwise, it could be interpreted that hospitals are discriminating against the corn allergy community.

After one of the state hospital associations informed me that it was not their responsibility to contact their member hospitals with our corn allergy awareness message/documentation, and instructed me to contact every hospital within the United States; I have been contacting hospitals/health systems in each state on behalf of the corn-allergic patients.

CONNECTICUT HOSPITALS/HEALTH SYSTEMS:
American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, USA, @RedCross
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Backus Hospital, Norwich, @BackusHospital
Bridgeport Hospital (Yale New Haven Health), Fairfield County, @BPTHOSP
BrightStar Care, Bridgeport, @BrightCareBridg
Bristol Hospital, Bristol, @BristolhospCT
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital, Torrington, @CHHospital
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj 
Community Health Center, @CHCConnecticut
Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, @ctchildrens
Danbury Hospital, Danbury, @DanburyHospital
Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH), Northeast CT, @DayKimball
Eastern Connecticut Health Network (ECHN), Email: info@echn.org
Gaylord Healthcare, Wallingford, @GaylordHealth
Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, @GreenHosp
Griffin Hospital, Derby, @GriffinHospital
Hartford HealthCare (HHC), Hartford, CT, @HartfordHealthC  
Hartford Hospital, Hartford, @hartfordhosp
Hospital of Central Connecticut (HOCC), @HospCentralCT
Hospital for Special Care, New Britain, @HospSpecialCare
Johnson Memorial Hospital, Stafford Springs (see Trinity Health)
Lawrence + Memorial Hospital, SE CT, @lmhospital
Manchester Memorial Hospital (see Eastern Connecticut Health Network)
Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, online contact form
MidState Medical, Meriden, @MidState
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Hartford, (see St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center)
Natchaug Hospital, Mansfield Center, @NatchaugHosp
New Milford Hospital, New Milford, @newmilfordhosp
Norwalk Hospital, Norwalk, @NorwalkHospital
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Rockville General Hospital, Vernon (see Eastern Connecticut Health Network)
Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, @SaintFrancisCT
Sharon Hospital, Sharon, online contact form
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
St. Mary's Hospital, Waterbury, @SaintMarysCT
St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, @StVincentsMC
Stamford Health, Stamford, @StamfordHosp
Trinity Health, New England, @THNewEngland
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, @waterburyhosp
Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, @YNHH

Published Corn Allergy Studies/Statistics  (“. . . Maize major allergen . . .”)

Baxter Labs specifically warns about administering dextrose IV fluids to corn-allergic patients.
 "Solutions containing dextrose should be used with caution, if at all, in patients with known allergy to corn or corn products." - Page 3

"Probable anaphylactic reaction to corn-derived dextrose solution."

BCPharmacists, "Warning: corn-related allergens . . ."

DEXTROSE (CORN SUGAR): FDA FEDERAL REGULATION, GRAS - 184.1857

“Corn Products and Derivatives List,” Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), 6/6/17

Corn Allergy Statistics (Monthly)


Diane H., Corn Allergy Advocate
Corn Allergy Advocacy/Resources
@CornAllergy911

Source:
“List of hospitals in Connecticut,” Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_hospitals_in_Connecticut





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