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Everyday Tips for Living with Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition for which there is no cure, but managing symptoms is possible. To get the best control of your asthma, you need to make adjustments to your everyday life and stick to your treatment regime. With proper treatment, you can lessen the need for emergency care and decrease the interference of asthma in your usual activities. For pediatrics and adult asthma patients alike, these tips will help you take charge of your asthma symptoms.

See Your Doctor Regularly

Asthma management is a team effort. You need to be an active part of your care team alongside your physician. That means keeping all of your appointments and seeing your doctor when any new symptoms emerge. You can get the most out of your doctor visits by keeping track of all of your asthma-related health issues and by preparing a list of questions before your visit. Remember that finding the right treatment plan for you may take trial and error, and your needs may change over the course of your disease. Regular doctor appointments will help you stay ahead of the curve.

Take Medications as Directed

There isn’t a single asthma medication that works best for every patient, but you won’t know which ones help your symptoms the most if you don’t take them exactly as prescribed. Don’t skip doses or change the way you take a medicine without talking to your doctor first. The goals of asthma medicines are to help you have fewer symptoms and do the things you like to do. You’ll get these desired results when you are taking the right medications the right way.

Minimize Your Risk of Infection

Asthma exacerbates infections that may be minor for other people. Colds and respiratory infections could cause you to need emergency care. Reduce your chances of picking up an infection by washing your hands or using hand sanitizer often and getting vaccinated during flu season. Good oral hygiene can also cut your infection risk.

For severe asthma, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute offers bronchial thermoplasty to open airways. You can learn more about this asthma treatment and all of our services, including our pediatric ER near Treasure Coast, by calling 1 (800) 382-3522.


A Look at the Essentials of Newborn Care

Bringing home a new baby is an exciting—and possibly intimidating—experience. It’s perfectly normal for first-time parents to be a little nervous about bringing their child home; however, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Birthing Center offers extensive resources and children’s services that can help parents prepare for the big day.

Handling Your Baby

Pediatricians often recommend washing your hands before handling your newborn to reduce the risk of transmitting an infection that may send a child to the pediatric ER. Always support your baby’s head and neck. While babies may enjoy being jiggled on a knee when they’re older, newborns are too fragile for these types of activities.

Feeding Your Baby

Newborns generally require feedings every three to four hours. If you’re breastfeeding your baby, you may need to do so every two to three hours. Most newborns will wake during the night when they’re hungry. However, you may need to wake your newborn if he or she has special nutrition needs or was born prematurely. Before you bring your newborn home, a lactation consultant can help you learn how to bottle or breastfeed your baby.

Diapering Your Baby

Newborns typically need to be changed six to eight times per day. Keep all of your diapering supplies within reach of the changing table. Never leave a baby unattended on a changing table, even for a few seconds. At first, the stool will appear thick and greenish-black; this is normal and it’s nothing to be worried about. Later, your baby’s stool should look soft and yellowish-brown if he or she is bottle-fed. Breastfed babies have stool that is less solid and that appears yellow and seedy. If the stool appears hard or dry, your baby may not be getting enough fluids.

The Women’s and Children’s Services team at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center looks forward to helping you welcome your new baby into the world! When it’s time to learn more about newborn care you can find childbirth education, breastfeeding support, parenting education, and nutritional counseling at our hospital. We also feature a Pediatric ER, Level III NICU, and Pediatric ICU. After you bring your newborn home, you may have additional questions. Contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (772) 224-3615.


Heart Attack Education: What Is a STEMI?

Receiving rapid heart care is critical for a patient who is suffering a heart attack. Prompt treatment can save lives and improve the long-term outcome. However, rapid response is even more important for patients suffering from ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI), which is a particularly deadly type of heart attack. Not all hospitals are equipped to handle a STEMI. The American Heart Association has established rigorous guidelines for STEMI-receiving hospitals. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute is pleased to be one of the hospitals capable of saving the lives of patients suffering a STEMI.

STEMI Times

A STEMI time is the time it takes to restore the blood flow to the patient’s heart from the time the patient arrives at the emergency department. Multiple healthcare organizations have determined that blood flow must be restored within 90 minutes for the best possible outcome. The sooner a patient receives interventional therapies that address the blocked coronary artery, the less risk there is of death or extensive damage to the heart muscle.

Diagnosis

There is no way to discern the difference between a regular heart attack and a STEMI judging by symptoms alone. The symptoms of either event can include chest pain, shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, nausea, weakness, and dizziness, along with upper body pain. In order to diagnose a STEMI or other type of heart attack, patients must have an EKG. When the patient is transported to the emergency department via ambulance, EMS personnel typically perform the EKG right away. This allows the EMS to direct the ambulance to a STEMI-receiving hospital if need be.

Treatments

The treatment of a STEMI involves opening up the blocked coronary artery to allow blood flow to resume to the heart. A STEMI is treated with percutaneous cardiac interventions (PCI), which are a set of procedures that must be performed in a cardiac catheterization lab.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is dedicated to maintaining a STEMI time that is better than national standards and we are the only heart institute on the Treausre Coast to earn the Truven Top 50 cardiovascular hospital designation. If you’re in need of emergency heart care serving Treasure Coast, please call 911 right away. For general inquiries about our heart care services, you can contact a registered nurse at our hospital at (772) 224-3615.


What Is the Role of Physical Therapy in Common Sports Injuries

Physical therapists can evaluate and treat patients suffering from a wide range of health problems. They often work with individuals who have suffered orthopedics injuries, for example, as well as those who are recovering from surgery or a stroke. Physical therapy may be recommended as one component of a comprehensive rehabilitation program. By carefully following the physical therapists’ recommendations, patients may be more likely to return to their favorite sport sooner and reduce their risk of suffering a recurrent sports injury.

Evaluation

Physical therapists develop personalized treatment plans for each patient. In order to do so, they must first conduct a thorough evaluation of the patient’s overall health and injuries. A physical therapist will assess the patient’s movement patterns, flexibility, muscle performance, posture and joint motion. Then, he or she can help the patient establish short-term and long-term goals for physical function.

Rehabilitation

Recovering from a sports injury may first involve managing the patient’s pain. This may be accomplished with cold and heat therapy, ultrasound and manual therapy. Then, the rehabilitation program is likely to include a series of exercises and stretches designed to help the patient recover movement abilities and muscle strength. An important part of rehabilitation is having the patient follow an at-home exercise plan between therapy sessions.

Prevention

Often, athletes are susceptible to recurrent injuries. For example, if a patient has injured an ankle and hasn’t gone through a proper rehabilitation program, he or she may be more likely to develop ankle instability, or weakness of the surrounding muscles and ligament. Ankle instability increases the risk of suffering recurrent ankle injuries. Proper rehabilitation isn’t the only way a physical therapist can reduce the risk of future injuries. He or she can help the patient learn proper techniques and movement patterns for a particular sport.

In addition to providing care for orthopedics patients, our hospital offers emergency care, women’s services, and diagnostic imaging. For general health information or inquiries about our healthcare services, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (772) 224-3615.


St. Lucie County Shows Success with Child Passenger Seats

Contact: Catherine W. Chaney

St. Lucie County Fire District

772-621-3333

cchaney@slcfd.org

(St. Lucie County, FL) Beginning last spring, through combined efforts of the St. Lucie County Fire District, the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie County and Kids Connected By Design over 500 child passenger seats were installed. In addition, they have inspected 216 seats, with only 42 of those installed correctly, or 80% installed incorrectly by parents or guardians.

“This means there are 500 infants and toddlers who are safer today, because in their travels they are safely buckled into a car seat,” said St. Lucie County Fire Chief Ron Parrish, “but just as importantly 216 others are also safe, as parents can be reassured that their seats are installed correctly.”

Nationally, 75% of all car seats are installed improperly. To solve this problem the Fire District with the DOH in St. Lucie and Kids Connected By Design launched this program, training 27 firefighters and employees as Child Passenger Seat Technicians.

Child Safety Seat inspections and installations are held twice a month, but appointments are needed. Call 462-3501 to schedule your appointment

When scheduling your appointment, please have the following information:

· Age and weight of the child

· Make, model and year of the vehicle

· Manufacturer, name and model number of the car seat.

If you don’t have a car seat, there are a limited number of car seats available. We ask for a $20 donation. You must bring your child, car seat and vehicle to the appointment. Please bring the User’s Manuals for both the vehicle and car seat.


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