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Dr. Darryl Johnson New OB/GYN Physician

Hutchinson Health welcomes new OB/GYN physician Darryl C Johnson, DO, FACOOG.  Dr. Johnson has been delivering babies for over 23 plus years. He estimates he has delivered over 4,000 babies. Dr. Johnson was a solo practitioner in Bettendorf, IA and decided to join Hutchinson Health’s team of physicians. He provides a wide range of OB/GYN care which includes incontinence/prolapse procedures, hysterectomy, C-section and minimally invasive surgical procedures.

  • Received the Trinity Hospital Physician Educator of the Year for 2013
  • Board Certified
  • His passion is to help mother’s throughout their pregnancy and delivery

Hutchinson Health officials urge discretion and patience during active flu season

Hutchinson Health officials today asked public’s assistance in dealing with increased patient volumes and increased waiting times as a result of the current flu outbreak.

“We are seeing extended waiting times in our Emergency Department and Urgent Care settings because of the large number of people with influenza and influenza-like illness,” says Dr. Leah Schrupp, Chief of Outpatient Services at Hutchinson Health.  “The fact is not every one of these patients requires direct medical care; and so we strongly urge patients to contact their health care provider before going to a clinic, Urgent Care or Emergency Department.”

A typical course of influenza will start with sudden onset of fatigue, significant body aches and fevers (sometimes high fevers) and will frequently include sore throat and cough. These symptoms will be at their most severe for the first few days of the illness and will gradually lessen over the first week. The cough and fatigue may last for 2-3 weeks.

“We know drug companies are marketing directly to consumers, however not every patient is eligible, under clinical guidelines, to receive anti-viral medication (such as Tamiflu),” says Dr. Schrupp.  The current CDC guidelines for treatment are to use this medication for patients under 2 years old, over 65 years of age, who are pregnant, or who have medical conditions such as chronic heart, lung, or kidney disease or immune suppression.

If you feel your symptoms are not following the typical course of influenza discussed previously, or you fall into one of the high risk groups listed above, a clinic visit may  be beneficial. For all others the recommendations are to rest, push fluids, use Tylenol or ibuprofen and stay home to avoid infecting others. If you are unsure if you need to be seen, please call your primary care provider before coming in. This will help us provide the most effective care, the most efficient care and will avoid patients experiencing unnecessary waiting and subsequent disappointment.

It is worth noting, that we also have a gastrointestinal illness circulating in the community, causing significant vomiting and diarrhea. People are frequently confused as this type of illness is also sometimes called “the flu,” although this is not the same as influenza, which is discussed above. Influenza is what the “flu shot” protects against, not these stomach viruses. The stomach virus we are seeing is causing 1-3 days of vomiting and diarrhea. If you are concerned that you are becoming dehydrated, you should be seen. Otherwise, drink fluids as frequently as you can, stay home to rest and avoid infecting others, and most people will recover within  few days.

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