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Kendall Regional's Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

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April 13, 2015 Kendall Regional Medical Center

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Kendall Regional’s Trauma Center is the First and Only in Miami-Dade County to be Verified by the American College of Surgeons

(Miami, FL) Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to announce that it is the first and only trauma center in Miami-Dade County to receive verification by the American College of Surgeons. Furthermore, it is one of only four in the entire state of Florida to receive this verification.

Since 1922, when it formed a Committee on Fractures, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has waged a continuous effort to improve care of injured patients. The ACS strives to improve care of injured patients before, during, and after hospitalization. The verification process is voluntary and requires that a trauma center submit to a site visit to ensure that it has all the resources as listed in the ACS’s verification manual “Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient”.

Today the trauma activities of the ACS are administered through their 83-member Committee on Trauma (COT), overseeing a field force of more than 3,500 Fellows working to develop and implement meaningful programs for trauma care in local, regional, national, and international arenas.

“I am proud of the trauma services we provide to the community, as our team works hard every day to ensure that we provide the best possible care”, says Mark McKenney, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Trauma Services and General Surgery Residency program. “This verification from the ACS further validates the quality of our trauma services”, says Scott A. Cihak, Chief Executive Officer of Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Since establishing trauma services in November of 2011, Kendall Regional’s trauma center has treated more than 8,000 patients.

About Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is a 417-bed, full-service teaching hospital providing 24-hour comprehensive medical, Level II Trauma, burn (adult & pediatric), surgical, behavioral health, pediatric and diagnostic services, along with a wide range of patient and community services. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been honored by being nationally recognized with many prestigious awards and accolades, including: HealthGrades Distinguished Hospital (Top 5%) for Clinical Excellence, The Joint Commission Certification as a Primary Stroke Center, Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, recognized by US News and World Report for receiving The American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus award, The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer” on key quality measures, and eight years as a Top 100 Hospital by Truven Health Analytics. For further information, call (305) 222-2200, or visit www.kendallmed.com.

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How to Prepare for Your Mammogram

Nurse Assisting Patient About To Have A Mammogram

Mammograms can be life-saving, but it’s not uncommon for women to delay having these screening tests for the first time because they are concerned about what to expect. A little preparation can go a long way in making you comfortable with scheduling a mammogram and ensuring that the experience is as smooth as possible. If you have an appointment at the Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center for a mammogram, here are some steps you can take to prepare.

Discuss Breast Changes with Your Doctor

Before scheduling your mammogram, discuss any changes in your breast health with your doctor. This may include things like finding a lump or developing new breast sensitivity. You should also make sure your doctor is up to date on all of your medical information, including your use of hormones and your family history of breast cancer. These factors will help your doctor recommend the right kind of mammogram, determine how often you should be screened, and request any necessary additional screening on a particular part of your breasts.

Schedule Appropriately

Many women are concerned about their first mammograms because they are worried the screening will be painful. Although there may be some minimal discomfort when the breast is compressed, it only lasts for a few seconds. However, you can ensure that your mammogram is as comfortable as possible by not scheduling your test for right before your period, when your breasts are likely to be tender. When possible, aim to have your mammogram the week after your period.

Follow Day-Of Recommendations

On the day of your mammogram, don’t wear deodorant or put talcum powder or lotion under your arms, as these items look like calcium deposits on X-rays. Because you will need to remove your top and bra, many women find that they are most comfortable wearing pants or a skirt instead of a dress to the hospital. 

Don’t put off your mammogram for another day. Schedule an appointment at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami. Our hospital’s Women’s Center provides a range of breast health and osteoporosis services. For more information about our hospital’s comprehensive range of care, call us at (305) 228-5451.


Types of Skin Lesions

A skin lesion is any abnormal skin growth or rash that does not go away like typical infection- or allergy-related skin issues. Some skin lesions require surgery to prevent future complications or for cosmetic reasons. This video explains more.

One common type of skin lesion is a mole. While most moles are not cancerous, some must be surgically removed because they have the potential to become malignant in the future. Birthmarks are also a type of skin lesion. Surgery to remove large birthmarks can be performed if there are cosmetic concerns.

In addition to surgery for skin lesions, Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami-Dade offers a range of hospital services, including orthopedic surgery and trauma care. For more information about our hospital, call (305) 228-5451.  


Knowing When a Fever Is an Emergency

fever

A fever is a common part of being ill. It is a sign of your body trying to fight off an infection, and in many cases, it’s not dangerous. However, while most fevers are benign, if uncomfortable, others require emergency treatment. How can you tell the difference? Here is what you need to know.

For kids under four months old, any fever over 100.4° F can be an emergency. If your child has a fever in the 100-degree range, call your pediatrician or go to the hospital. For older children, go to the hospital for fevers over 104° F. For adults, fevers are a little more difficult to judge. If you develop a fever after prolonged sun exposure, get emergency care, as it could be a symptom of heat stroke. If you develop a fever after taking a new medication or illicit drug, go to the hospital, as it could be a sign of a dangerous reaction.  

The ER at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center can diagnose the cause of fevers quickly and begin emergency care as needed. Find out more about all of our hospital’s services by calling (305) 228-5451.  


Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

pregnant woman cooking at kitchen

The foods you choose to eat during your pregnancy have a dramatic impact on the health of your baby. You need the right balance of nutrients to support your baby’s development while keeping your weight gain in a healthy range. At Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, our maternity team provides education before and after pregnancy to help expectant mothers with issues just like this one. Consult one of our hospital’s obstetricians for nutritional advice, and keep these tips in mind when planning your meals.

Don’t Eat for Two

Despite the fact that you need to take in extra calories for your growing baby, contrary to popular belief, pregnancy isn’t a license to throw sensible portion size out the window. Most expectant mothers need to eat an additional 300 calories per day to provide their babies with adequate nutrition. Because the actual amount you need to increase your calories is relatively small, it’s important to make them count by making good food choices. Your personal caloric needs may be different, depending on a number of factors, so be sure to talk to your obstetrician about a healthy range for you.

Focus on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are low-calorie, filling choices that also contain many vitamins and minerals that are important to development, including vitamin C and folic acid. Choose dark, leafy greens, citrus fruits, melons, broccoli, tomatoes, and more, and try to incorporate them into every meal. During pregnancy, you should have two to four servings of fruit and at least four servings of veggies per day.

Drink Up Dairy

Your calcium needs soar during pregnancy. Your developing baby requires a significant amount of it, and if you don’t get enough in your diet, your body will convert calcium from your bones. Avoid this complication by getting at least 1000 mg of calcium each day from skim milk, low-fat yogurts and cheeses, and puddings.  Aim for four servings of dairy products every day.

A healthy pregnancy starts with the obstetricians at Kendall Regional Medical Center. Trust our Miami hospital for all of your healthcare needs, including women’s health services. For a physician referral or more information, call our hospital in Miami at (305) 228-5451. 


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