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Bringing Poison Prevention into Your Household

Poisoning is a serious risk that can happen to anyone, not just children. National Poison Prevention Week is March 19-25, 2017 and represents an opportunity to increase your awareness of the risk of poisoning and understand the importance of getting emergency care right away if you or someone you love is exposed to a dangerous substance. This week is also a great time to make sure you’re doing everything you can to reduce the chances of poisoning in your household. These tips will help you prevent this serious medical emergency.

Store Potential Poisons Properly

Safely storing products that could be poisonous is important, especially if you have children at home. Keep these items in a high cabinet, where children can’t see or reach them, or keep them in a cabinet with child-resistant locks. Items that should be stored in this way include prescription and over-the-counter medications, tobacco, e-cigarette products, alcohol, cleaning supplies, pesticides, personal care products, hand sanitizers, and button batteries. If you choose to use childproof locks, keep in mind that these locks are not foolproof and that older child can often open them.

Read the Labels

Prevent accidental poisonings by always reading the labels before using cleaning supplies or administering or taking medications. Never use more than the recommended amount or mix cleaning products without checking if it is safe to do so. Also follow the recommended disposal instructions on the label. If you have questions about how to dispose of chemicals or medications you have, contact a poison control center.

Know What to Do in an Emergency

People who are exposed to household poisons almost always need emergency care. Know the phone number of your local poison control center, so you can call for advice if you are concerned about poison exposure, or go directly to the emergency department.

The ER near Miami at Kendall Regional Medical Center is available around the clock to provide urgent medical care for your family’s critical needs. To learn more about our ER, including our specialized pediatric emergency care, call (305) 222-2200.

Spotlight on National Nutrition Month

Nutrition is the foundation of good health. From heart care to stroke care and everything in between, a healthy diet is important for both prevention and healing. Are you choosing the right foods to protect your health? March is National Nutrition Month, which provides the perfect opportunity to assess your eating habits and make any necessary changes that could improve your overall health and wellbeing. These tips will help you reset your nutrition this March and beyond.

Learn to Read Labels

Nutritional labels are packed with information that can help you make smart food choices, so take the time to learn to read them. Be aware of portion size when you’re considering the calories and nutritional content in a food. Look at the Daily Values, or DVs, on the labels to see how a good fits into your overall plan. Any DV that is 5% or under is consider low, so look for DVs 5% or less for sodium, trans fat, cholesterol, and saturated fats. DVs of 20% or more are considered high. Look for foods with high DVs of vitamins, minerals, and fibers.

Make Colorful Plates at Mealtime

When you prepare meals, try to include a rainbow of different fruits and vegetables on your plate. These different colors mean that you’re consuming a variety of vitamins and minerals to support good health. Fill half of your plate with this array of fruits and vegetables, and split the other half between lean protein, such as chicken or fish, and whole-grain carbs, such as brown rice.

Pick Foods that Meet Your Specific Needs

If you have a medical condition that is partially managed by dietary changes, build your diet around them. For instance, if you have a heart and vascular condition, you may need to eat a low sodium diet, while you may need to closely monitor your sugar intake if you have diabetes. You should also create a meal plan that you enjoy, so healthy eating isn’t a chore.

Talk to your provider at Kendall Regional Medical Center about your diet and how you can make changes for better nutrition. For a referral to one of our physicians or more information about our hospital near Miami, please call (305) 222-2200.

Brain Injury Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

Brain injuries can have devastating consequences that linger long after initial treatment in the emergency department. The impact of a brain injury can last for life, but proper management and support can improve outcomes. Each March, the Brain Injury Association of America hosts Brain Injury Awareness Month, to increase understanding of these injuries and to help families coping with a brain injury find out more about the resources that are available to them, from neurological services to support groups. Here is a brief look at what you need to know:

Brain injuries are common.

Approximately 2.5 million people suffer a brain injury each year. The impacts of these injuries are impossible to predict, as no two injuries are exactly the same. The location, cause, and severity of the injury are just a few of the factors that determine the impacts of the injury, but they are not completely reliable predictors. Sometimes, relatively minor brain injuries can cause significant symptoms, while seemingly severe injuries may only cause mild side effects. Generally, brain injuries can cause changes in speech, personality, feeling, and internal functions that can impact a person’s relationships, career, and ability to care for him or herself.

There are multiple causes for brain injuries.

Brain injuries happen in a number of different ways. Falls are the most common cause, but car accidents, assaults, and some unknown events are also to blame. Although you can’t completely prevent brain injuries, you can reduce the risk by wearing the appropriate safety helmets during sports, always wearing a seat belt, and following safety instructions when using ladders.

Treatment requires a multi-disciplinary approach.

After a brain injury, patients usually require a multi-disciplinary approach to care. Treatment typically begins in the ER and progresses to neurological inpatient care. Patients may also need treatment in a rehab facility as well as ongoing in-home care, depending on the severity of the injuries.

Kendall Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive care for patients with brain injuries, including trauma and emergency care, neurological services, and rehabilitation. Dial (305) 222-2200 for more information or for a specialist referral.

How Do Healthy Pregnancies Reduce the Risk of Birth Defects?

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The possibility of birth defects is a major concern for expecting parents, with good reason. Birth defects can significantly affect a child’s wellness and quality of life. Although not all birth defects are preventable, taking certain steps during pregnancy can help protect your baby. Consider speaking with a women’s services provider at Kendall Regional Medical Center about having a healthy pregnancy.

Good nutrition is important for every person, but it’s particularly critical for expecting mothers. Obstetrics specialists strongly recommend that women who are trying to conceive and those who are already pregnant take a daily prenatal vitamin that contains 400 micrograms of folic acid. Folic acid is crucial for reducing the risk of spina bifida and other birth defects of the spine and brain.

Comprehensive prenatal care includes weight counseling. A physician can let you know how much weight you should gain during each week of your pregnancy. If you’re trying to conceive a child and you’re overweight or obese, a doctor may counsel you to reach a healthier weight. This is because obesity increases the risk of several birth defects.

During your first prenatal care visit or preconception visit, your doctor will review the list of medications and supplements you’re currently taking. It’s important to disclose all of your medications, including over-the-counter drugs, since many medications can increase the risk of birth defects. Your doctor can help you weigh the benefits and risks of continuing to take various medicines. In many cases, alternative medications may be available.

During pregnancy, it’s particularly important to be mindful of your exposure to environmental toxins and other harmful substances. Smoking and being around smokers significantly increases the risk of serious birth defects, including cleft palate and infant death. Alcohol, mercury, and lead are other harmful substances that cause birth defects.

The maternity team at Kendall Regional Medical Center invites you to take a tour of our comfortable labor and delivery suites, state-of-the-art nursery, and private post-partum rooms. We firmly believe that every child deserves a healthy start in life. Explore our women’s services and newborn care services in Miami on our website or call a registered nurse at (305) 222-2200.

How Can Women Fight Back Against Cervical Cancer?

Cervical cancer can be deadly, but it’s also preventable in many cases. There are several ways women can become proactive patients to reduce the risk of cervical cancer and promote the early detection of abnormal changes. If you live in the Miami area, consider taking advantage of the exceptional women’s health services available at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Get Regular Pap Tests
A physician can determine when you should start having Pap tests and how often you should have one. Pap tests, also known as Pap smears, are typically performed every one, two, or three years for women between the ages of 21 and 65, although your personal recommendations may differ. During the exam, your doctor will swab the cervix and send the sample of cells to a lab for analysis. This allows your physician to identify abnormalities as quickly as possible. These abnormalities may sometimes include pre-cancerous changes or cancerous cells. Pre-cancerous changes can be treated promptly to prevent cervical cancer.

Test for HPV
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major cause of cervical cancer. Your physician might recommend that you get an HPV test along with your Pap smear. This test does not require an additional exam; the lab can test the same sample of cells taken during the Pap test.

Get a Vaccine
HPV vaccines guard against the strains of HPV that are known to cause cervical cancer and other cancers. Young ladies and young men can receive these vaccines to safeguard their health. If you haven’t yet spoken with your doctor about getting an HPV vaccine, it’s best to do so promptly, because there are age limits.

Say “No” to Cigarettes
It’s commonly known that cigarettes and other forms of tobacco substantially raise the risk of mouth, throat, and lung cancer. But did you know that smoking can also increase the risk of cervical cancer? The longer a woman smokes and the more cigarettes she smokes, the higher her risk of cervical cancer. If you smoke, kicking the habit just might save your life.

For compassionate women’s health services in Miami, you can turn to Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our women’s services include gynecologic exams, maternity care, mammography, and pathology support. Call (305) 222-2200 to request a physician referral.

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