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Understanding Outpatient Therapy

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, we offer a comprehensive range of outpatient services for a variety of needs, from pre-testing for things like heart care and surgical services to medical services such as chemotherapy. Our outpatient services are divided into three general areas: pretests, medical services and surgical services. If your physician refers you to our outpatient therapy department, here is a look at what you can expect in each treatment area.

Pretest

The pretest team performs an essential role in preparing patients for upcoming procedures. During pretest, patients may undergo nursing assessments, diagnostic labs and EKGs. This team also handles pretesting for heart and vascular patients and others who need special procedures. It’s important for patients to attend pretesting appointments in the timeframe requested by their referring physicians. Any delay in pretesting results could cause treatments to be delayed.

Medical Services

If you need a medical treatment that must be performed in a physician’s office but that does not require hospitalization, then the outpatient therapy medical services team may provide your care. A large number of medical treatments are performed by the medical services unit, including blood transfusions, chemotherapy, IM/SQ injections, IV therapy and multiple diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This team can also offer information about dealing with the side effects of medical treatments and work with your physician to manage severe side effects, such as those caused by chemotherapy.

Surgical Services

The outpatient surgical services unit performs pre-operative assessments before procedures and patient education before discharge. This team offers care for patients undergoing a number of different kinds of surgical procedures and scopes.

The outpatient service unit at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is staffed by registered nurses, licensed practice nurses, and certified nursing assistants and provides care for patients all ages, including infants and geriatric patients. You can find out more about outpatient services near Treasure Coast at our hospital by calling 1.800.382.3522


Preparing for Your Upcoming Stress Test

If your doctor is concerned about your heart and vascular health, he or she may refer you for a stress test. Stress tests can help your doctor determine if you have a problem that is affecting the way your heart works or if the heart care you are currently receiving is working. Stress tests are non-invasive, painless, safe and require very little preparation. If you are scheduled for a stress test, follow these steps to get ready for it.

Discuss Your Medications

It’s very important for your doctor to know about all of the medications you’re taking before your stress test. Don’t forget to mention over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbs. In some cases, these medications can influence the way your heart works and could interfere with the results of your test. For this reason, your doctor may recommend that you avoid taking certain medicines either the day of your test or for a period of time before the test. Follow these instructions carefully, but don’t discontinue any medication unless you are instructed to do so.

Follow Your Eating and Drinking Instructions

Your doctor may ask you to avoid eating and drinking for up to four hours before your stress test. Generally, it is still OK to drink water during this time, but follow your doctor’s advice precisely. If you have diabetes and fasting for an extended period is difficult, your doctor will help you create a plan for managing it. You will also be asked to abstain from smoking for at least four hours before the test. Smoking is extremely detrimental to your heart health, so talk to your doctor about ways you can quit.

Dress Comfortably

A stress test involves walking on a treadmill, so dress comfortably. Many patients find it is easy to dress as though they were going to the gym. Choose shoes with rubber soles and wear loose-fitting clothing, since you will need to have electrodes attached.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, we offer cutting-edge heart care in the Treasure Coast, from our ER to our Heart Institute. For a referral to one of our physicians, please call 1.800.382.3522.


Quitting Smoking During Pregnancy

There is no “safe” number of cigarettes, regardless of one’s pregnancy status. Smoking any number of cigarettes before, during, or after pregnancy places a baby at risk of serious health complications, including death. Quitting smoking is among the most impactful choices you can make to support your baby’s health and your own wellness. The women’s services providers at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center understand that smoking is an addiction and quitting is never easy.

Consider Talking to Your Doctor

Some women delay disclosing their tobacco addiction to their obstetricians, often because smoking can be perceived as an embarrassing habit. But you should know that your doctor is there to support you, not to judge you. Your doctor is committed to making sure that you have a healthy pregnancy and that your baby has the best possible start in life. But to provide this support, your doctor needs to know that you smoke.

Take a Smoking Cessation Class

Your doctor can direct you to resources such as the hospital’s smoking cessation classes. Here, you’ll learn effective techniques to get through the quitting process successfully. You’ll discover which smoking cessation methods are safe to use during pregnancy. You can also turn to the instructors and your fellow quitters for emotional support.

Use Visual Reminders

Create visual reminders to use when a craving strikes. On index cards, write down the harmful effects that smoking can have on your baby. On the flip sides, draw pictures of your child as you imagine him or her to be in the future. Then draw a cigarette in your child’s hand and allow yourself to become upset at the thought of your child smoking. Tuck these cards into your handbag and take them with you wherever you go. Look at the cards whenever you feel the urge to smoke.

Engage Your Imagination

Your imagination can have a powerful effect on your behavior. At intervals throughout the day, take a few minutes to close your eyes and imagine what cigarette smoke could be doing to your baby. Imagine your child needing special newborn care for birth defects, premature birth and lung infections.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is a proud partner with the Healthy Start program, which provides prenatal and postnatal education and care. These critical women’s and children’s services in Treasure Coast include smoking cessation classes, psychosocial counseling and nutritional counseling. Call a registered nurse at 1.800.382.3522


Controlling Prenatal Infections During Your Pregnancy

Maternal infections are one of the causes of birth defects. Because of this serious health concern, February has been designated as International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, consider speaking with a women’s services provider at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center about ways of reducing your risk of infections.

Foodborne Illnesses
Foodborne illnesses are a serious concern during pregnancy, but there are effective ways to minimize the risk to you and your baby. It’s essential to avoid eating raw foods like sashimi and undercooked meats, eggs and similar products. Make sure you only eat cheese and other dairy products that have been pasteurized. Fruit and vegetable juices should also be pasteurized. Raw vegetables are generally healthy if thoroughly cleaned, but it’s best to avoid raw vegetable sprouts during pregnancy because these products have a higher risk of transmitting infections. Keep cooked and raw foods separated, and scrub all kitchen surfaces well to prevent cross-contamination. All perishable food items should be refrigerated promptly.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
CMV is a common virus. Once a person contracts CMV, the virus remains in the body for life. Usually, it does not cause problems, although it may come back. Although most babies with CMV do not develop problems, the virus can occasionally result in intellectual disabilities, hearing impairment, or vision loss. To minimize the risk of CMV during pregnancy, women are advised to wash their hands thoroughly and frequently, especially after changing diapers.

Zika Virus
Zika virus is a major concern for families in Florida. The infection rarely causes serious problems in adults who contract it, but if a pregnant woman contracts Zika, birth defects can result. Zika is a known cause of severe brain defects, including microcephaly. It’s also been linked to stillbirth, miscarriage and other defects. To reduce the risk of Zika virus, pregnant women and their partners can protect themselves from mosquito bites by using insect repellent, wearing clothing that covers much of the skin, and using air conditioning instead of opening the windows. A barrier method of protection during sexual intercourse is also recommended.

For high-quality and compassionate maternity services in Treasure Coast, you can count on Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Our women’s services team is dedicated to healthcare excellence in prenatal, labor and delivery, and post-partum care. For general information about our maternity care, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 1.800.382.3522.


Improving Stroke Prevention Through Better Knowledge of Stroke

Stroke Center Treasure Coast

Stroke is a leading cause of death among Americans, third only to heart disease and cancer. Patients who survive a stroke must often deal with significant disabilities. The prevalence of stroke is troubling, but becoming better informed about stroke and its prevention is an important step for all families to take. Here at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, our emergency care team encourages our neighbors to learn about stroke prevention and early detection.

Understanding Stroke
There are three main types of stroke, the most common of which is ischemic stroke. This event occurs when an obstruction blocks blood flow to an area of the brain. When the brain tissue is deprived of life-sustaining blood, it rapidly begins to die. This brain damage is irreversible. The other primary types of stroke are hemorrhagic, which involves a ruptured aneurysm that causes bleeding on the brain, and transient ischemic attack (TIA). TIA is often referred to as a “mini stroke” because the obstruction clears quickly, before major problems can occur.

Identifying Risk Factors
The presence of one or more risk factors can increase the likelihood that a person will suffer a stroke. Some of these risk factors are modifiable and others, like being of advanced age, are not. However, the majority of all strokes are indeed preventable. Consider speaking with your doctor about your risk factors. Those that are modifiable include smoking and leading a sedentary lifestyle, and having high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. Good management of these lifestyle habits and medical conditions can reduce the risk.

Recognizing the Signs of Stroke
Despite taking steps to reduce the risk of stroke, it’s still important for everyone to know how to recognize this life-threatening medical condition when it occurs. Stroke causes the following signs and symptoms to develop suddenly:

  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Impairment of balance and coordination
  • One-sided weakness or paralysis
  • Excruciating headache
  • Blurry vision or vision loss

If any of these problems arise, it’s crucial to call 911 right away. With stroke, every second counts.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center and the only one in the Treasure Coast. If you or someone else requires emergency care in Treasure Coast, please call 911 without delay. Non-emergent inquiries about our services, which include neurosurgery, may be directed to a registered nurse at 1.800.382.3522


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