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    Taking Your Child to the ER: How to Prepare and What to Expect

    Last updated 18 hours ago

    It’s never easy for a parent to see a child experiencing discomfort. Fortunately, expert medical help is available at the emergency department of your community hospital at all hours. When preparing to bring your child to the hospital, it’s important to stay calm. Your child is likely to sense your distress, and he or she may respond by becoming even more upset.

    Choose a Pediatric ER

    Some community hospitals offer a dedicated pediatric emergency room. It’s a good idea to know where this is located in your area so you will be prepared in the event that your child becomes ill or sustains an injury. A pediatric ER is staffed by highly trained pediatricians who understand the unique health concerns of children.

    Bring Important Information

    Before heading to the hospital, take a few minutes to gather some important information. Pack any medications your child is taking. Bring along a list of any medical conditions he or she has, in addition to a record of immunizations, allergies, and previous illnesses.

    Pack a Comfort Item

    Your child’s favorite comfort item can help him or her stay calm during the trip to the hospital and throughout the examination. If your child is very young, remember to bring along a pacifier.

    Discuss What to Expect

    While you’re heading to the ER with your little one, talk about what he or she can expect there. Tell your child that a physician will examine him or her, just as the regular doctor would. Your child might have his or her temperature taken, scrapes cleaned, and possibly X-rays taken, depending on the circumstances. At the ER, you can expect to be asked about the specific circumstances of the accident, if applicable, or about your child’s symptoms and their onset.

    Kendall Regional Medical Center is a community-centered hospital that offers a dedicated pediatric emergency department for all of your little one’s urgent medical needs. If your child experiences a medical emergency, call 911; otherwise, you can reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (305) 921-0961. We encourage families in the Miami-Dade area to visit the website for our hospital to explore our other services, including orthopedic surgery and trauma care.

    A Brief Overview of Breast Self-Exams

    Last updated 2 days 15 hours ago

    Although breast self-exams are not a substitute for regularly scheduled screening mammograms, they do provide a means of keeping track of your health. Visit your community hospital and talk to a doctor about doing self-exams correctly. First, you will need to lie down with a pillow under your left shoulder. Raise your left arm above your head. With your right hand, check for lumps in your left breast. Move your fingers in small circles and use different degrees of pressure. Check the entire area of the breast, including up to the collarbone and over to the underarm. Repeat this procedure for your other breast, using your left hand.

    The indicators of breast cancer can include other changes in addition to lumps. Stand in front of the mirror and check yourself for unusual changes, such as any redness or puckering of the skin. Evaluate the breast area for changes in contour, shape, and size. Remember to check your underarms, too. If you do notice any changes, schedule a visit at your community hospital.

    Women in the Miami-Dade area can visit the Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center for state-of-the-art diagnostic services in a comfortable, private setting. For more information about breast health, call (305) 921-0961.

    See How Our Burn Center Helped Baby Salome Recover from Her Burns

    Last updated 7 days ago

    The Burn Clinic at Kendall Regional Medical Center provides compassionate, high-quality care to burn victims of all ages. Our specially trained burn surgeons, nurses, and other professionals provide a continuum of care from evaluation through reconstructive surgery. The Burn Clinic at our hospital offers both outpatient care for those who suffer from mild burns and inpatient critical care for infants, children, and adults who suffer from serious burns.

    You can watch this video to hear more about the benefits of choosing the Burn Clinic at Kendall Regional Medical Center. You’ll hear from the mother of little Salome, who is an infant who suffered severe burns to her face and extremities. You’ll also hear one of our highly trained doctors discuss our burn services.

    Kendall Regional Medical Center is pleased to provide specialized care to families in the Miami-Dade area. If you have any general questions about our hospital, connect with our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (305) 921-0961.

    Habits that Help Strengthen Your Spine

    Last updated 9 days ago

    If you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from back pain each year, you may feel hesitant to exercise and complete other activities out of fear that it will increase your pain. However, many simply lifestyle changes can help relieve your back pain and even help to prevent future pain. Here are a few habits that you can incorporate into your routine to help strengthen your back and spine.

    Practicing Deep Belly Breathing

    You may be surprised to discover that how you breathe can have an impact on your spinal health and back pain. Deep belly breathing—a breathing technique in which you breathe deeply and allow your abdominal region to move forward with each breath—can reduce pressure on the nerves within your spinal column. This helps to promote proper spinal function.

    Maintaining Proper Posture

    The way you sit and stand throughout the day has a major impact on the health of your spine. If you slouch for hours every day, you put pressure on your spine and the muscles that support it. When you are sitting or standing, your ears should be aligned with your shoulders, and your shoulder blades should be retracted slightly. If you work in front of a computer, consider using a standing desk or purchasing ergonomic office furniture.

    Improving Sleep Habits

    Getting enough sleep and maintaining a healthy sleeping posture are both essential for strengthening your spine and preventing back pain. Make sure that you get seven to nine hours of quality sleep every night, and be sure that your mattress and pillow are supportive. Sleeping on your side with a pillow placed between your knees can help your spine relax and recover from daily stressors.

    Completing Spine-Strengthening Exercises

    Keeping your spine flexible is important for both your comfort and health. Spend 10 minutes each day completing exercises that help to stretch, strengthen, and realign your spine. If you are unsure about the best exercises to do, speak to your orthopedic surgeon.

    The Miami orthopedic surgery team at Kendall Regional Medical Center can help you address the cause of your back pain. We can also provide information to help you through rehabilitation so you can avoid back pain in the future. Visit our website or call us at (305) 921-0961 to find out more about our hospital services. 

    First Aid for Different Types of Burns

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Skin burns are a common injury among people of all ages. If you or a loved one experiences a burn, first aid can help relieve the associated pain and minimize the damage. In the event of a serious burn, it is always best to seek emergency care at a local hospital. Continue reading to learn the basic first aid procedures for different types of burns.

    First-Degree Burns

    First-degree burns are minor injuries that do not cause the skin to blister. Running cool water over the injured area or soaking the burn in a bath of cool water for five minutes can help relieve pain and prevent further injury. After soaking the burn, the injury should be covered with a sterile bandage. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to help relieve discomfort.

    Second-Degree Burns

    If a burn affects both the outer layer of skin, or the epidermis, and the layer of skin beneath it, called the dermis, it is considered a second-degree burn. A burn of this type that is three inches or less in diameter is considered a minor burn, and can generally be treated in the same way as a first-degree burn. However, second-degree burns that affect the skin on the hands, feet, groin, face, or a major joint are considered major burns, along with burns that are larger than three inches. These types of burns require medical treatment and the same first aid procedures as third-degree burns.

    Third-Degree Burns

    A burn that injures all layers of the skin is a third-degree burn. It is also possible for these burns to affect tissue below the skin. These types of burns should not be submerged in cool water, and any burnt clothing should be left on the burn to prevent further damage. You can cover the burned area with a clean, damp bandage or cloth, and elevate the injured body part. Seeking medical treatment at a hospital is important for preventing further injury and permanent damage.

    If you would like to find out more about treatments for burns or ask about emergency burn care, call Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 921-0961. The expert staff at our Miami-Dade hospital will be happy to answer your questions about burn care and the other healthcare services we provide.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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