Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Rhode Island 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.

American Medical Association, @AmerMedicalAssn
American Red Cross, USA, @RedCross
Ascension, USA, @Ascensionorg
Butler Hospital, Providence, @ButlerHospital
Bradley Hospital, East Providence, @BradleyHospital
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Care New England, Providence, @carenewengland
CharterCARE Medical Associates, Providence, @CharterCareRI
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj
Elmhurst Extended Care (see CharterCARE Medical Associates)
Fatima Hospital, North Providence (see CharterCARE Medical Associates)
Hasbro Children's Hospital, Providence, @HasbroChildrens
Kent Hospital/Care New England, Warwick, @KentHospital
Landmark Medical Center, Woonsocket, online contact form
Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, @MHRI
Miriam Hospital, Providence, @MiriamHospital
Newport Hospital, Newport, @NewportHospital
Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island, North Smithfield, online contact form
Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities, and Hospitals, Cranston, @RIBHDDH
Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, @RIHospital
Roger Williams Medical Center, Providence (see CharterCARE Medical Associates)
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
South County Health, Wakefield, Email:
St. Joseph Health Center, Providence (see CharterCARE Medical Associates)
St. Joseph Hospital for Specialty Care, Providence (see CharterCARE Medical Associates)
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Providence, @VAProvidence
Westerly Hospital/Yale New Haven Health, Westerly, FB message
Women & Infants Hospital, Providence, @womenandinfants

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 . . ."


“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


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