Thursday, June 1, 2017

Idaho 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
Bear Lake Memorial Hospital, Montpelier, @blmhospital
Benedictine Health System (multi-state), FB message
Benewah Community Hospital, St. Maries (see Community Health Systems, Inc.)
Bingham Memorial Hospital, Blackfoot, online contact form
Birkeland Maternity Center, Nampa (see Saint Alphonsus)
Bonner General Health, Sandpoint, FB message
Cancer Research Institute, USA, @CancerResearch
Cassia Regional Hospital, Burley, @CassiaRegional
Children's Hospital Association, USA, @hospitals4kids
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, USA, @cmnnj 
Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics, Orofino (see St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics)
Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), multi-state, Email:
Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, Idaho Falls, @EIRMC
Ernest Health (multi-state), online contact form
Essentia Health, MN/WI/ND/ID, @EssentiaHealth
Franklin County Medical Center, Preston, FB message                   
Gritman Medical, Moscow, @GritmanMedical
HCA Healthcare, @HCAhealthcare
Kootenai Medical Center, Coeur D'Alene, @kootenaihealth
Lost Rivers Medical Center, Arco, @LostRiversMC
Madison Memorial Hospital, Rexburg, @madisonmedicine
Minidoka Memorial Hospital, Rupert, online contact form
Mountain View Hospital, Idaho Falls, online contact form
Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital, Malad City (unable to contact)
North Canyon Medical, Gooding, @ncmcgooding
Northern Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, Post Falls (see Ernest Health)
Oneida County Hospital (see Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital)
Portneuf Health Partners, Pocatello, @PortneufMedical
Portneuf Medical Center, Pocatello (see Portneuf Health Partners)
RCCH HealthCare Partners (13 states), online contact form
Rehabilitation Hospital of the Northwest, Post Falls (see Ernest Health)
Saint Alphonsus Health System, ID/OR, @SaintAlsHealth
Shriners Hospitals for Children, USA, Canada, Mexico, @shrinershosp
Southwest Idaho Advanced Care Hospital, Boise (see Ernest Health)
St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Lewiston, FB message
St. Luke's Health (multi-locations), Boise, @StLukesHealth
St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics, Cottonwood (see Benedictine Health System)
Teton Valley Health Care, Teton Valley, @TVHealthCare
Universal Health Services, Inc. (multi-state), @UHS_Inc
Valor Health, Emmett, online contact form
West Valley Medical Center, Caldwell, @WestValleyMed
Walter Knox Memorial Hospital, Emmett (see Valor Health)

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

“List of hospitals in Idaho”

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