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Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

For any type of cancer, early detection is ideal for the best possible outcome. Talk to your doctor about when you should be screened for cervical cancer. The guidelines for cervical cancer screening have changed over the years as more information becomes available to researchers. For example, women are no longer instructed to undergo Pap tests annually; instead, gynecologists recommend screening every three years. Additionally, gynecologists recommend undergoing testing for HPV, which is a virus that causes cervical cancer.

For more information on the new screening guidelines, watch this video presented by the American Cancer Society. You’ll hear about age-specific guidelines, such as when you should start being screened and at what age you no longer require screening.

The comprehensive women’s care services at Palms West Hospital include screenings for cervical cancer and mammograms to screen for breast cancer. We are a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), so you can trust that our minimally invasive gynecology capabilities are safe and efficient. You can contact us at (561) 798-3300 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to learn more about our COEMIG designation and other services, including robotic surgery and orthopedics.


Meet Santa Claus! - Dec. 14, 2013

Palms West Hospital is excited to host Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 14th, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your whole family, and enjoy this free event complete with face painting, balloon art, refreshments, snacks and a complimentary picture with Santa!

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information or to RSVP, call us at (561) 345-7009. To learn more about Palms West Hospital and our services, visit our website

Meet Santa Claus - Palms West Hospital - Dec. 14, 2013


HCA Supports the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit www.HCAHopeFund.org and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.


Signs of Serious Allergic Reactions in Children

Any allergic reaction has the potential to be severe and life-threatening. This condition is known as anaphylaxis. If your child has allergies, work with his or her pediatrician to develop an emergency treatment plan. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, implement the treatment plan and call for emergency medical help. The ER pediatrician can administer medications and treatments to help your little one recover.

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Respiratory Symptoms

The respiratory symptoms that often occur with anaphylaxis can be among the most alarming; your child may feel panicked if he or she has trouble breathing, for example. Coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath are all common indicators of severe allergic reactions. Additionally, your child might sound hoarse or otherwise have changes in his or her voice. Pediatricians also caution parents to be on the lookout for stridor, which refers to harsh breathing that sounds high-pitched.

Cardiovascular Symptoms

Cardiovascular symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction, including an abrupt drop in blood pressure. The heartbeat may be abnormal and the child may complain of chest pain. Sometimes, the youngster may faint or say he or she feels faint.

Gastrointestinal Symptoms

Gastrointestinal distress is another potential sign of a severe allergic reaction. Your child may clutch his or her stomach if abdominal pain is present. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea may also occur.

Skin and Mucous Membrane Symptoms

Exposure to an allergen commonly causes a breakout of hives on the skin, which refer to raised, red welts that may be itchy. Your child’s face may take on a flushed appearance, and he or she may scratch at the lips and surrounding areas. You can also observe your child’s eyes for signs of anaphylaxis; the eyes can become teary, reddened, and swollen.

The Children’s Hospital at Palms West strives to provide a safe, comfortable place for children to receive medical treatments. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, the pediatricians at the dedicated pediatric ER of Palms West Hospital can help. Contact us at (561) 798-3300 if you have any questions.


What to Do If Your Child Is Having an Allergic Reaction

What to Do If Your Child Is Having an Allergic Reaction

Allergic reactions range in severity; they can cause symptoms as mild as a skin rash or as severe as anaphylactic shock. If your child suffers a severe allergic reaction, he or she might have trouble breathing. You should immediately administer an injection of epinephrine and call for emergency medical personnel. While waiting for emergency help, try to keep your child calm. Sometimes, an allergic reaction is followed by a secondary reaction, called a biphasic reaction. The doctors at the ER will monitor your child closely to ensure his or her recovery.

Once your child’s allergic reaction is resolved, meet with his or her pediatrician to review the allergy treatment plan. The pediatrician may adjust the treatment plan and review measures for avoiding your child’s allergen. For example, the doctor might recommend that you speak with the parents of your child’s friends to discuss ways of keeping him or her safe while he’s playing away from home.

Palms West Hospital features a dedicated pediatric ER for all of your child’s medical emergencies. In our child-friendly setting, your little one can receive prompt and effective care around the clock, seven days per week. Call The Children’s Hospital at Palms West at (561) 798-3300 or visit our website to learn more.


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