Kendall Regional Medical Center
Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to be an ever-present partner in ensuring your health and well-being.

Make your home a safer place to live

Some of the common reasons for seeking emergency care include symptoms of sprains, fractures and head injuries. Sports accidents are often blamed for many of these injuries, but a surprising number occur in the home due to falls. People of all ages can benefit from assessing the safety of their homes, and National Safety Month this June is the perfect time to do it. If someone in your family does sustain a serious injury, the emergency care team at Kendall Regional Medical Center is here 24/7/365.

Reduce the risk of falls

Older adults may be more likely to fall, but that doesn’t have to mean that falls are inevitable later in life. Seniors can protect themselves by:

  • Removing clutter and loose rugs from the floor
  • Keeping a hand on the stairway’s railing
  • Wearing non-slip shoes
  • Improving balance and strength with physical therapy

In addition, an occupational therapist may recommend making certain modifications to the home.

  • Install grab bars by the toilet and in the shower
  • Use a shower seat
  • Add non-skid strips to walkways
  • Install adequate lighting indoors and outdoors

Be aware of the risk of house fires

House fires often occur while families are sleeping. Check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly, and replace the batteries every six months. Keep a fire extinguisher near the kitchen and follow these preventive tips:

  • Never leave cooking pots unattended
  • Avoid overloading your house’s electrical circuits
  • Use surge protectors instead of power strips
  • Keep the dryer vent clean

Practice smart pool safety

A drowning can happen in the blink of an eye, but you can protect your family and the neighborhood kids by installing a security fence around your pool. Keep the gate locked whenever you aren’t using it.

For all of life’s medical emergencies, Kendall Regional Medical Center is here to help. Our providers are committed to giving each patient the superior care he or she deserves—from our sports medicine services to our emergency care in Miami. For non-emergent questions about our medical specialties, you can speak with a registered nurse at (305) 222-2200.

Essential fireworks safety tips

Fireworks displays are beautiful and thrilling, but they are best left to professionals. In the U.S., thousands of people require emergency care every year because of fireworks-related injuries. Deaths are not unheard of, and property destruction readily occurs from house fires sparked by fireworks. The emergency care team at Kendall Regional Medical Center urges families in our community to take all necessary precautions when viewing fireworks this summer.

Purchasing legal fireworks

Laws change from time to time, so always check the latest regulations for your area regarding which fireworks are legal to purchase. Never purchase fireworks that are in unlabeled packages, as these are illegal and very dangerous. However, it’s important to bear in mind that even legal fireworks are extremely dangerous.

Keeping kids, pets and property safe

Children, including teenagers, should not handle fireworks or be near them. Keep fireworks under lock and key until you’re ready to use them.

When you do use fireworks, it may be helpful to draw a chalk line at a safe distance away from the device. Instruct your kids to stay behind the line at all times.

Keep your pets indoors before setting off fireworks. Do not point the devices at any cars, buildings or animals.

It’s courteous to inform your neighbors that you plan to use fireworks, just in case there are any veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder or neighborhood dogs that react badly to loud noises.

Lighting fireworks safely

Only sober, responsible adults should handle and light fireworks. When you’re ready, carefully read the directions on the package. Have a bucket of water and a charged hose nearby.

Never light a firework inside a container. Immediately after lighting it, get away from it quickly. Do not attempt to re-light a dud.

Disposing of fireworks safely

Place used fireworks inside a bucket of water and let them soak for at least 20 minutes. Then, you can place them in a metal trash can. Do not place any flammable materials inside the trash can with the fireworks.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is pleased to have partnered with Burn Centers of Florida, Inc. to connect our patients with specialized inpatient and outpatient burn care in Miami. Our Burn Clinic features private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art medical technology. Please call 911 immediately if you have a medical emergency, or call a registered nurse at (305) 222-2200 for general healthcare information.

Become aware of your brain health

Your brain is a precious resource. During Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month this June, you can learn how to take better care of your brain by making some manageable lifestyle changes. There isn’t a foolproof way of preventing Alzheimer’s, as there are still many questions about the disease that need to be answered. However, researchers generally agree that a heart-healthy lifestyle is also good for your brain. If you have any health concerns, you can get personalized guidance at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Prioritize physical fitness

It’s thought that physical exercise benefits brain health by supporting blood circulation. Exercise also lowers certain risk factors of dementia, including high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and diabetes.

If you have an underlying medical condition, consider talking to your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to start or change your exercise program. If so, focus on finding activities you’ll enjoy, as you’ll be more likely to stick with your program. You might enjoy the following suggestions:

  • Kickboxing
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Geocaching
  • Rollerblading
  • Hiking

Exercise your brain

Your brain needs regular exercise, too. You can protect your brain from cognitive decline by challenging it with learning activities. For example, learn a new hobby, take a continuing education class or find a musical instrument teacher.

You can also keep your brain active by enjoying crossword and Sudoku puzzles. Try to stay socially engaged at all stages of life, such as by becoming a volunteer or joining a club for like-minded adults.

Improve your nutrition

There are no “miracle” foods that can drastically reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, but following a heart-healthy diet can support your brain health. The following guidelines may help you improve your nutrition.

  • Include vegetables with most meals
  • Snack on fresh fruit
  • Choose whole grains instead of refined grains
  • Limit red meat
  • Eat more fish and poultry
  • Choose more vegetarian meals
  • Choose healthy fats from olive oil, nuts and seeds

It can be tough to completely overhaul your diet. Just focus on making small, manageable changes, which can make a big difference over time.

At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we focus on putting our patients first. Our doctors, nurses and technicians provide superior, patient-centered care across all of our departments—from heart care and wound care to behavioral health and maternity services in Miami. You can speak with a friendly member of our nursing staff by calling (305) 222-2200.

What Is Not Normal in Aging Eye Health?

At every stage of life, regular eye examinations and screening tests are a cornerstone of preventive wellness. Eye health does change with advancing age, but certain changes may indicate underlying eye diseases that require treatment. Your ophthalmologist can detect problems early, recommend appropriate treatments, and help you learn the differences between common age-related eye health changes compared to eye diseases.

Rapid Vision Loss

The sudden onset of vision loss is a red flag. It’s important to call 911 for emergency care if sudden vision loss occurs, since it may be indicative of a stroke. Other possible causes of rapid vision loss also require prompt attention, including retinal detachment and some infections of the retina.

Floaters and Flashes

Do you see a small spot or a flash of light in your vision? Floaters are spots in your field of vision that are present regardless of where you look. Small floaters can actually be considered a normal issue of the aging eye; they’re caused by tiny particles that float in the intraocular fluid. What isn’t normal is the sudden appearance of lots of noticeable floaters, perhaps accompanied by flashes of light. The sudden onset of floaters and flashes can indicate a retinal tear, which may lead to retinal detachment. This requires emergency care.

Vision Fluctuations

Does your vision seem sharp in the morning and blurry in the evening? Perhaps you’ve received a new eyeglass prescription that suited you initially, yet later seemed too strong or too weak. Fluctuating vision is not uncommon, but it’s also not a normal part of the aging process. In fact, it may indicate underlying diabetes or high blood pressure. This is one reason why your ophthalmologist might recommend that you consider speaking with a physician about your overall health.

Peripheral Vision Impairments

Even when a person stares straight ahead, he or she is able to see images on either side thanks to peripheral vision. If you begin losing your peripheral vision, it’s important to see an ophthalmologist promptly. This is often a sign of glaucoma. Glaucoma occurs due to damage inflicted on the optic nerve.

For high-quality healthcare at every stage of life, you can put your trust in Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our community hospital and Emergency Department in Miami have made it our mission to help our neighbors live life well. For a referral to a physician, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 222-2200.

Recognizing Heart Disease Research

Ongoing heart disease research efforts allow our heart care specialists at Kendall Regional Medical Center to bring the latest advances in medical technology and techniques to our hospital for the benefit of our valued patients.

AHA Research Program

The American Heart Association (AHA) is leading the way in cardiovascular research initiatives. It is the goal of the AHA to reduce deaths from cardiovascular diseases by 20% no later than the year 2020. To achieve this goal, the AHA Research Program has identified 12 essential elements that guide its collaboration with clinicians and hospitals. Among these elements are providing funding for heart disease researchers, providing programs that broaden the skills of researchers, developing effective research models, and funding strategically focused and investigator-initiated research.

AHA Research Awards

Since its research efforts began in 1949, the AHA has spent more than four billion dollars to advance the body of cardiovascular knowledge. AHA research funding has fueled critical developments in such high-tech areas as pacemakers and drug-eluting stents, as well as low-tech avenues like cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). These advancements are often taken for granted by heart disease patients today, yet they might not have been possible were it not for the fundraising efforts of the AHA and the researchers who received the grants. Hundreds of research projects have been funded in the last couple of years alone, but many more had to be put on the back burner because there wasn’t enough funding. The AHA encourages heart disease patients, their families, and all members of the community to get involved to support the next innovative advancements in cardiovascular care.

Kendall Regional Medical Center provides exceptional heart care services in Miami, including minimally invasive and open heart surgical services. If you think you may be experiencing a cardiac emergency, please call 911 without delay. Non-emergent questions about our services may be directed to a registered nurse at (305) 222-2200.

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