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Tips for Promoting a Safe Environment in the Workplace

Given the sheer amount of time that most workers spend in the workplace, safety is the utmost priority. All workplaces have hidden hazards, whether they are in an office building, construction zone, or restaurant. Ideally, employers and employees can work together to identify hazards and develop preventive solutions. But when emergency care is required for a workplace injury, employees can turn to Kendall Regional Medical Center for rapid assessment and treatment.

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries are quite common in the workplace. These include carpal tunnel syndrome and tenosynovitis. Workers that may be at a high risk of repetitive strain injuries include computer workers, cash register operators, assembly line workers and construction workers. To prevent these injuries, it can be helpful to intersperse different activities into the work day. For example, library workers could spend a couple of hours putting away materials, followed by some time behind the reference desk. Taking stretching breaks throughout the day and adjusting the workspace so that it is ergonomically designed are other effective strategies.

Preventing Fall Injuries

Falls from elevations are particularly serious. These can be prevented by following proper safety guidelines, such as installing and using scaffolding correctly. Debris on the floor and wet areas from spilled liquids can also lead to fall-related injuries. Employees can reduce the risk of fall-related injuries by keeping their work areas clear and clean.

Reducing Noise Exposure

Damage from noise exposure is often underestimated. Unfortunately, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be permanent. It may occur when a worker is exposed to loud noises for a prolonged period of time or it may occur after intensely loud, short bouts of noise. Workers who use loud power tools or those who are exposed to loud noises in other ways should be provided with proper ear protection. It’s also a good idea for these individuals to get a hearing test periodically.

In the event that a worker does require emergency care in the Miami area, the Emergency Department at Kendall Regional Medical Center is available 24/7. We also provide orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation services to help our patients get back on their feet quickly. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital at (888) 256-7719.


How to Treat Colic in Your Newborn

Colic is a distressing issue for parents; it’s heartbreaking to watch a newborn cry for no apparent reason, and babies with colic are challenging to console. Colic is defined as excessive periods of crying for at least a few weeks. Other than to soothe the newborn, there is little parents can do except simply wait it out. However, since crying could indicate other health issues, it’s always a good idea to share your concerns with the women’s services and newborn care providers at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Feeding

After ruling out other possible causes of colic, the pediatrician might recommend changes to the infant’s feeding routine. If the baby is being fed formula, switching to a different, pediatrician-recommended formula may help. Be sure to warm the bottle up appropriately before feeding the baby. Additionally, parents can try switching to a different type of bottle with a smaller hole in the nipple. If the baby is being breastfed, the mother might try changing her diet to exclude cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, and tree nuts. Be sure to hold your child upright during feedings and pause to burp your baby. Some infants cry less with more frequent, yet smaller feedings. You can also try letting the baby feed at one breast until it’s depleted before switching to the other breast. This allows the baby access to the hindmilk, which is richer and fattier than the foremilk.

Mobilization

Gentle movement can help soothe your baby when he or she is crying. Rock your baby gently in your arms or use an age-appropriate infant swing. Wear your baby in an approved infant sling next to your body while you go for a walk or do various chores. Some babies are soothed by the motions of a car ride.

Soothing

In addition to gentle movement, other methods of soothing your baby include using background noise. You can use a white noise machine in the nursery or simply turn on a fan. Try offering your baby a pacifier or swaddle him or her. The maternity nurses can show you the proper swaddling technique.

For unparalleled maternity and newborn care in Miami, your family can trust Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our women’s services providers offer personalized, compassionate care within our newly remodeled labor and delivery suites. You can direct general questions about our maternity services to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7719.


What Can You Do to Celebrate Men's Health Month with the Special Men in Your Life?

During the month of June, Men’s Health Month is the perfect opportunity to encourage husbands, fathers, and grandfathers to get proactive about their wellness. You can look for events near you, such as health fairs and physical fitness demonstrations. Or, devise your own strategies for helping the special men in your life make healthy choices. When men need specialized medical care such as heart care or robotic surgery, they can turn to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Support Smoking Cessation

Its common knowledge that smoking is a leading cause of preventable death, but quitting is incredibly hard. If your husband is a smoker, he’ll need plenty of support from you as he works to kick the habit. Use encouraging language when discussing his efforts and offer helpful suggestions as needed. Offer to go with him to a support group or to a doctor’s appointment to discuss smoking cessation medications and other methods.

Promote Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is especially enjoyable when it’s a family activity. Invite your father to go for a Sunday afternoon bicycle ride with you or ask your husband to choose a physical fitness class for both of you to take. If you have children, get them involved in fitness activities like playing basketball in the driveway or going out to the batting cages for some swinging practice.

Be Aware of Depressive Symptoms

Depression affects both men and women, yet men may be less likely to seek help for depressive symptoms. Be on the lookout for unusual changes in the men in your life, such as excessive time spent at work and withdrawal from social activities. Fatigue, irritability, and even anger can all indicate depression. Some men are reluctant to discuss their challenges. Start a conversation with an observation such as, “It seems like you’ve been having a difficult time lately. Is there anything I can do to help?” Let him know that there’s nothing shameful about seeking treatment and that it can greatly improve quality of life.

Kendall Regional Medical Center provides a full array of preventive wellness services for men and women in Miami. Browse our website to explore our heart care and sports medicine services. Or, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7719 to request a referral to a physician.


Helpful Strategies for Living with an Anxiety Disorder

If you or someone you love is living with an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. This increasingly common behavioral health problem is associated with everything from insomnia to panic attacks that require emergency care. The good news is that help is available, and there are many things you can to take control of your anxiety disorder so that you can live your life without being overwhelmed by your symptoms. Try these tips to manage your anxiety disorder.

Understand Your Condition

There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders, and they each have their own specific triggers, symptoms, and treatments. Work with your behavioral health specialist to understand the specific type of anxiety disorder you have, the symptoms you should expect, and the available treatment options. The more you understand your condition, the more capable you will feel to control it. You will also be better equipped to recognize your symptoms so you can understand what you’re feeling and acknowledge that your disorder is the cause, so you can deal with them more rationally.

Life a Healthy Lifestyle

Taking control of your physical health is also good for your behavioral well-being. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and get an adequate amount of sleep. If sleep is a problem for you, talk to your behavioral health specialist about strategies to get more rest. Although some kinds of stress are unavoidable, take steps to reduce stressors that you can control.

Get Help

You don’t have to face anxiety disorder alone. See a behavioral health specialist regularly and constantly evaluate your treatment plan. Refine it as needed to achieve the best control of your symptoms. Consider joining a support group for others living with the same disorder. When your symptoms feel out of control, get emergency care.

Inpatient services in behavioral health in Miami are available from Kendall Regional Medical Center. After inpatient care, the behavioral health team connects patients to outpatient care services to ensure their continued recovery. Visit our emergency department in a behavioral health crisis, or call (305) 223-3000 to ask for a referral to a specialist.


What Happens When Mammogram Results Are Abnormal?

Mammograms are an important part of preventative women’s services. Regular screenings on the schedule suggested by your doctor allow breast cancers to be caught in early stages when they are most treatable. Most often, mammograms end with normal results, but in some cases, you may be called back to your women’s services clinic for further testing. This news can be disconcerting, but according to the American Cancer Society, less than 10 percent of women with abnormal mammogram results actually have breast cancer. If you receive abnormal results, here is what to expect next.

Repeat Mammogram

Sometimes, abnormal mammogram results simply mean that you need to have your mammogram repeated. This may be because you have dense breast tissue or because the initial picture wasn’t clear. After a first mammogram, sometimes doctors need a closer look at a particular area because you don’t have previous images with which to compare. Repeat mammograms are usually referred to diagnostic mammograms, rather than screening mammograms, as routine X-rays are called.

Ultrasound and MRI

Ultrasounds and MRIs are additional diagnostic imaging tests that let you doctor get a different kind of view of a suspicious area. Both of these tests are painless. Depending on the area the doctor wants to examine, you may need one or both of these tests. For some women, MRIs are uncomfortable because they require being in an enclosed space for an extended period. Talk to your doctor if you are worried, as sedatives are available.

Results and Next Steps

Often, you will receive your results during your follow-up appointment. If your provider is confident that the suspicious area is fine, you will simply continue mammograms on your usual schedule. If the area is likely to be fine but needs further monitoring, you may need a repeated mammogram in a few months. When cancer cannot be ruled out, you will be scheduled for a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.

At Kendall Regional Medical Center, the women’s services team and Breast Cancer Center near Miami provide quality, compassionate care for a variety of women’s health needs. Request a referral to one of our specialists today by calling (305) 223-3000. Be sure to ask about our additional services, including orthopedics and ER care.


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