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Knowing When to Visit the ER for Pain

While some medical situations will present a clear need for emergency care, it is not always easy to tell when a trip to the ER is necessary. As a general rule, you should be cautious and go to the emergency room when you are unsure what’s wrong, but you might avoid an unnecessary visit when you know what types of symptoms can be managed at home. When it comes to pain symptoms, there are some signs that you should not wait on medical care and head to the ER right away.

You are in extreme pain.
Whether you are experiencing a headache, stomach pains, or pain in the limbs, you should seek emergency care if pain is extreme and debilitating. Severe back pain is one of the leading causes of ER visits in the United States, because it is often so extreme that it limits daily activities.

Your pain is a newly developed symptom.
Chronic pain sufferers may know when pain is bad enough to need emergency care, but those who are experiencing new acute pain might be unsure what type of care is necessary. If your pain is sudden and seems to come out of nowhere, it should be a cause of concern.

Your healthcare team is unavailable.
If pain is a regular symptom in your life, you may work with a pain management physician to reduce your discomfort. However, if you develop serious pain when your healthcare team is unavailable or you are away from home, you should seek emergency care to manage your pain.

While the ER team should not be your primary source of pain management care, you can find immediate relief from serious conditions causing pain at the Miami ER of Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our emergency room has dedicated care for adults and children, and we are available 24/7 to provide the services you need. To reach us for questions about your care and current ER wait times, call (305) 223-3000. If you are experiencing a healthcare emergency, call 9-1-1 right away.

Preventing Scald Burns at Home

The Burn Foundation reports that more than 500,000 scald burns occur annually in the United States, primarily affecting individuals under the age of 5 and over the age of 65. Scald burns occur when hot liquid comes in contact with the skin, often causing widespread blistering and severe burns with minimal exposure. Because liquids can cover large surfaces of the skin when spilled, it is essential to handle all hot liquids with care, whether you are in the kitchen, the bathroom, or outdoors. Fortunately, most scald burns are preventable with the right precautions, which you can learn more about below.

Lower the Water Heater Temperature
A large number of scald burns occur with water right out of the tap. Hot water can cause third degree burns in as little as one second when it reaches temperatures of about 156 degrees Fahrenheit, which is well below boiling. To be sure that your hot water is safe directly from the tap, lower your water heater’s thermostat to 120 degrees or less. You’ll also want to make a habit of checking the temperature of water in the shower or bathtub before young children get in.

Never Leave Pots Unattended in the Kitchen
The kitchen can be a dangerous place, especially for curious children or older adults with limited mobility. In order to reduce scald burn hazards, be sure that pots on the stove never have handles facing outward, where they might easily be knocked over or pulled down. You’ll also want to always monitor liquids on the stove to be sure that pots don’t boil over.

Keep Track of Power Cords
If you have appliances such as deep fryers, slow cookers, or electric kettles plugged in, you should keep the cord close to the appliance and limit the distance between the appliance and the electrical outlet. Never allow a power cord to cross an area where someone may run into it or accidentally knock it down. You might also look for appliances with quick-release power cords, which will keep the whole appliance from toppling over if the cord is disturbed.

If you do suffer from burn accidents at home, you can count on the Burn Clinic at Kendall Regional Medical Center to provide complete care. From emergency care to long-term rehabilitation, our burn care services in Miami can ensure a full recovery and reconstruction. To learn more, call (305) 223-3000 and speak with one of our nurses.

How Should Your Infant Sleep?

In the first year of life, your baby will spend most of his time sleeping, which is an essential part of your child’s early development and health. As your baby sleeps, it is important to understand any types of bedding or sleep positions that could be potentially harmful, since poor sleep habits in infants are often linked to sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS. In this article, you will find some integral tips for helping your infant sleep comfortably and safely in his first year.

In most cases, back is best.
During the first six months of life especially, you should always lay your baby down to sleep on his back. Back sleeping will allow the most complete absorption of oxygen, and it will prevent hazards that might be present from sleeping on the stomach, such as compression of the airways.

Medical conditions can bring about unique sleep environments.
While back sleeping is most consistently recommended by pediatricians, it is important to consult your child’s doctor about his unique needs—particularly if he has any medical conditions that arise during infancy. Placement of a feeding tube or certain respiratory conditions might hinder back sleeping, so it could be safer and more comfortable to position your baby on his side. Just be sure to always consult the pediatrician before trying out a new sleep position for your baby.

Pillows and stuffed animals should be kept away.
It may be tempting to line your baby’s crib with plush bedding, pillows, and stuffed animals. However, it is safest to place your baby in a crib or bassinet lined with a firm sleeping pad and a fitted sheet. Pillows, stuffed animals, and overly soft surfaces can increase the risk of suffocation or choking throughout the night. In addition, you should avoid using a blanket to cover your baby while he sleeps. Instead, opt for a warm onesie or wearable blanket that will not get tangled or wrapped around your baby in such a way that presents danger.

As you prepare to welcome your baby to the world or seek pediatric care for your newborn, stay connected with Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our Miami hospital provides all the services moms and babies need to stay well. You can find out more about our maternity care or get a physician referral when you give us a call at (305) 223-3000 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line, which is staffed 24/7 by our registered nurses.

Understanding STEMI Time

When you become a patient of a heart care specialist, you may hear some unfamiliar medical terminology such as “STEMI time.” Here at Kendall Regional Medical Center, our heart care team works one-on-one with patients and their family caregivers to ensure that there is never any confusion about what certain medical conditions mean or which treatments are recommended.

Defining STEMI

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a section of the heart muscle is mostly or entirely obstructed due to blockages in the coronary arteries. When the heart is deprived of oxygenated blood, the cells begin to die. This can lead to death. STEMI is a specific type of heart attack. STEMI refers to ST-elevation myocardial infarction. It is the result of a complete obstruction of a coronary artery. In contrast, a non-STEMI heart attack occurs when a coronary artery is mostly, but not completely blocked.

Calculating STEMI Time

STEMI time refers to the length of time from when the heart is deprived of blood to when the blood flow is restored to the heart. The sooner blood flow is restored; the better chance the patient has of surviving a heart attack. STEMI heart attacks can be particularly deadly if not treated promptly. The national benchmark for STEMI times at heart care hospitals is 90 minutes. This STEMI time was established by several medical organizations. Of course, restoring blood flow even quicker than this is certainly preferable.

Identifying STEMI Treatments

STEMI and non-STEMI heart attacks should be treated differently. For patients with non-STEMI heart attacks, the preferred treatment method is generally the rapid administration of clot-busting medications. However, mechanical or surgical intervention is the preferred approach for STEMI heart attacks. Heart care teams must be ready to rapidly perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of the heart attack. This approach mechanically opens the coronary artery to restore blood flow.

The Heart and Vascular Institute at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center is committed to saving lives and improving the outcomes of our patients. Our Emergency Department team and heart care specialists coordinate life-saving interventions, which translates to an average STEMI time that is well below the national benchmark. Please call 911 immediately if you think you’re having a heart attack; non-emergent patients may direct general inquiries about our medical services to (888) 256-7719.

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.

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