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Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes inflammation of the airways within the lungs, making breathing difficult. Treatment for asthma includes a variety of approaches, ranging from emergency treatments to long-term management of the disease. Short-term bronchodilators are used as a rescue medication, while inhaled steroids are used to reduce inflammation. The goal of asthma treatment is to restore quality of life while preventing scarring of the bronchi in the lungs. You can find out more about short- and long-term asthma treatment in this video.
At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing the Miami-Dade community with state-of-the-art treatment for acute and chronic disease. Our hospital’s H2U – Health To You program is designed to provide ongoing education about timely health and wellness information. Please call (305) 921-0961 or visit our website to learn more about our medical center and community services.
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The ACL is one of four major ligaments in the knee. Trauma such as a sports injury or accident can cause sprains or serious tears to the ACL, leading to pain, inflammation, and loss of mobility.
This video explains the three basic steps of repairing an ACL injury via reconstructive surgery. After identifying the exact injury to the ACL, your physician will determine the type of grafting material that will best suit your needs. Finally, he will determine the best method of fixation to improve the chances of a successful outcome.
The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for sports injuries, arthritis, back pain, and more. Our hospital’s board certified surgeons will work with you to find the ideal personalized treatment for your needs. Visit our website or call (305) 921-0961 for additional information about your care options.
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Burns are a common cause of hospital visits for emergency care. Learning how burns occur and how to prevent them can improve your family’s health and safety at home. If you do experience a burn that you can’t handle on your own, visit Kendall Regional Medical Center’s specialized Burn Center for prompt professional care.
Preventing Electrical Burns
Electrical burns can occur when skin comes into contact with electricity from a wire, outlet, or appliance in your home. If you have small children, place covers on outlets and check the wires attached to your electronics regularly to make sure they are in good shape. Never allow children to play with appliances or use them unsupervised. Before hanging up holiday lights or other electrical decorations, check them for wear and replace them if any wiring appears damaged.
Preventing Hot Water Burns
Hot water burns can occur in many places. Always test the water in your shower or bath before entering and do the same for your children. Never let young children play with the taps while bathing. Check your water heater and turn the temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent scalds. Keep pot and pan handles over the stove or counter when cooking to avoid accidental spills.
Sunburns are just as serious as any other type of burn. To prevent sunburn, always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, regardless of the weather or time of year. When spending extended periods of time outdoors, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your extremities, sunglasses to protect your eyes, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect the skin of your face.
Since opening in July of 2012 as an extension of our trauma services, Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Burn Center has provided specialized burn care for children and adults throughout the Miami-Dade area. You can find more information about our burn care services, emergency care, and hospital specialty services by clicking through our comprehensive website or by calling (305) 921-0961 to speak with a registered nurse.
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An artificial pacemaker can help many people with certain cardiovascular conditions. Before you visit your community hospital for the operation, talk to your surgeon about post-operative care. Upon your discharge from the hospital, you’ll be asked to avoid strenuous activity for about four to six weeks. It’s particularly important to avoid moving your arm and shoulder on the side of the pacemaker for at least two weeks. Your surgeon will likely ask that you wear a sling for this reason.
Although everyone recovers from surgery differently, you may be able to resume driving in about one week and you may be able to resume non-strenuous activities in about two weeks. Having a pacemaker necessitates certain precautions for the rest of your life. It’s essential to avoid high-voltage machinery, MRI scans, and heat therapy. You may need to follow extra precautions when going through airport security. You should avoid placing electronic gadgets, such as cellphones, in a shirt pocket over the pacemaker. There are other precautions to be aware of; your doctor will provide you with a full list of post-operative instructions.
The hospital staff at Kendall Regional Medical Center prides itself on providing exceptional patient education, both before and after a procedure. Miami-Dade County residents with questions about life with a pacemaker are invited to speak with a registered nurse by calling (305) 921-0961.
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If you have a joint condition, you may already know that orthopedic surgery such as knee and hip replacements are commonplace. But did you know that an orthopedic surgery can replace a damaged shoulder joint? Talk to an orthopedic surgeon to find out if shoulder replacement surgery could be right for you. Your surgeon can help you learn what to expect during your recovery at home.
Your orthopedic surgeon will prescribe medications to manage your pain during your hospital stay and after your discharge. It’s important to carefully follow the directions on the label and ask your pharmacist if anything is unclear. If your pain is not well managed, call the hospital promptly.
To support your new shoulder joint and prevent damage to the area, your orthopedic surgeon will ask you to wear a sling following the surgery. You can expect to wear the sling for two to four weeks.
Caring for the Incision
Follow your doctor’s wound care instructions closely and alert the hospital if you notice symptoms such as increased redness, drainage, fever, or other signs of an infection. You’ll likely be asked to avoid getting the incision area wet and to change the bandage regularly.
Rehabilitating the Shoulder
Orthopedic surgery patients begin a course of physical rehabilitation before they are discharged from the hospital. After you return home, you’ll continue to work with a physical therapist to increase range of motion and build strength in the area.
Restricting Physical Activity
Although physical rehabilitation is a critical component of the success of the surgery, you’ll need to restrict certain physical activities. For example, you’ll need to avoid lifting anything heavier than a glass of water or pushing yourself up with the affected arm. However, within about two weeks of the surgery, you should be able to do most simple tasks. Refrain from driving a car for two to four weeks following the surgery.
If you are anticipating orthopedic surgery at Kendall Regional Medical Center, you can look forward to extensive patient support and education. Our orthopedics program includes a comprehensive physical rehabilitation component. For general questions about our hospital or orthopedic surgery, Miami-Dade County residents can call (305) 921-0961.