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Stay Prepared for Household Emergencies

Many of the most common medical emergencies happen at home. These situations include serious injuries or falls, as well as illnesses, allergic reactions, strokes, and heart attacks. Making sure your family is prepared to handle a household emergency and understanding when it’s time to seek professional emergency care are important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Post Important Information

In the event of a medical emergency, your children may be left without an adult capable of providing instructions on seeking help. Alternatively, a babysitter or temporary caregiver may not have your contact information programmed into a cell phone. Posting this information near your phone or in another known location in your home can offer guidance for children and caregivers who may need to call for emergency care. In addition to listing 911 and other emergency service contact information, you should also include your cell phone number, workplace number, and any other contact information you think may be helpful. If an emergency happens while you aren’t home, your caregiver will have a way to contact you and can also provide this information to an ER physician.

Maintain a First Aid Kit

Although professional emergency care is needed to handle serious medical emergencies, it’s still both important and beneficial to maintain a household first aid kit. This kit should include sterile adhesive and gauze bandages, as well as waterproof adhesive tape and scissors. First aid kits should also contain non-latex gloves, instant cold packs, antiseptic wipes, and medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen. If a family member suffers from asthma or severe allergies, keeping a spare epinephrine injector or asthma inhaler in your first aid kit is also a good idea; you’ll need to check these products regularly to ensure they haven’t expired.

Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department is here to provide prompt and professional emergency care near Miami. Our pediatrics department and pediatric ER are geared specifically toward the needs of children, as we strive to create a welcoming and positive environment. You can find out more about our hospital and ER on our website, or by calling (305) 223-3000.

Don't Get Burned in the Kitchen This Christmas

Christmas is one of America’s favorite holidays, bringing families and friends together to share company, give presents and eat delicious food. Whether you’re preparing treats ahead of time or constructing a big meal on Christmas Day, it’s still important to keep kitchen safety in mind, especially if you have young children in your home. If you or a family member suffers a burn, scald, or other serious injury, your ER is the best place to seek prompt wound care to address the situation. The tips below can help you avoid these situations, allowing you to enjoy your holidays outside of the ER.

Supervise Children in the Kitchen

During the holiday season, the kitchen often becomes a place of bustling activity. However, this active environment can pose a serious risk to curious or helpful children, who may not understand the hazards presented by appliances and cutlery. When you do allow a child to help you in the kitchen, it’s vital to supervise him closely at all times, rather than relying on countertops or shelves to keep dangerous objects out of reach. If you aren’t able to watch your child closely, it's best to send him out of the kitchen to spend time elsewhere to avoid accidents and injuries.

Stay Aware of Hazards

Even when children are acting under supervision, they may grab or knock over items that have the potential to cause burns or even start fires. Making sure you’re aware of these hazards in your kitchen and taking steps to remove them before you begin cooking is the best way to avoid this type of emergency. Place pans and pots on the back burners of your stove, and use the lock on your oven door if one is available. Never set towels, potholders, or paper products near your stove, and keep a fire extinguisher in your kitchen to handle any emergencies.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud of our Emergency Department and Burn Center serving Miami. Our hospital is here to provide the very best care for your family, including trauma care, burn care, and pediatrics. You can find out more about our services on the web, or reach a registered nurse by phone at (305) 223-3000.

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.

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