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Free Chronic Kidney Disease Education Class - Nov. 18, 2013

Palms West Hospital

Palms West Hospital will be holding a Chronic Kidney Disease education class on Monday, November 18th, in CR 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Lisa Lamb, RD, LD, will lead the class in discussing:

  • Kidney functions
  • Pertinent labs and how they relate to kidney function
  • Causes and contributing factors of kidney disease
  • Ways to preserve and protect kidney function
  • Introduction to treatments to replace kidney function
  • Any additional questions

Join us for this free event to learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease. To RSVP your attendance, please call (561) 798-3300. For more information about Palms West Hospital and the services we offer, visit our website.


Understanding How Coronary Angioplasty Is Performed

A coronary angioplasty is a type of surgical procedure performed to open up a coronary artery. Coronary arteries, which supply the heart with blood, can become narrow due to coronary artery disease (CAD). When blood flow to the heart is restricted, it is possible to suffer a heart attack. Talk to the ER surgeon about what you can expect during and after the procedure.

Understanding How Coronary Angioplasty Is Performed

Preparation

Before undergoing any surgical procedure, always inform the surgeon of your other medical conditions you have, including allergies, and medications or supplements you may be taking. After evaluating your medical history, your surgeon will prepare for the coronary angioplasty by performing a coronary angiography. A coronary angiography is a diagnostic exam that involves contrast dye and X-rays to evaluate the specific nature of the blockage in your arteries. The surgeon inserts a catheter into one of your arteries and guides it to the coronary artery. Contrast dye is introduced to your bloodstream and X-rays are taken.

Procedure

To perform the coronary angioplasty, the surgeon inserts a balloon catheter alongside the blockage in your coronary artery. The balloon gently expands to compress the plaque on the arterial wall. This allows for increased blood flow and a reduced risk of a heart attack. Quite often, the surgeon also inserts a stent into the artery, which adheres to the arterial wall and provides support to prevent a recurrence. Then, the surgeon removes the balloon catheter.

Recovery

Most patients can expect an overnight stay in the hospital to recover from a coronary angioplasty. Depending on your health, you may need to stay a little longer. Follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for a period of time and you’ll likely take medications to prevent blood clots from forming.

At Palms West Hospital, our highly trained and experienced surgeons are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient care. To learn more about our cardiac department, including our Cath Lab, call us at (561) 798-3300, or visit our website.


Palms West Hospital Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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Palms West Hospital was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about Palms West Hospital, visit our website.


How to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Halloween

Healthy is not the word most people would use to describe Halloween. Even so, there are many ways you can reduce your children’s sugar intake and help them get through Halloween without a tummy ache.

This video features a few great ideas for making Halloween a little healthier. One good tip is to feed your children a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating—that way, they’re less inclined to gorge themselves on sugary treats. Instead of giving candy to trick-or-treaters, consider handing out packaged granola bars, animal crackers, or trail mix.

For more ideas on how to keep your child safe and healthy this Halloween, call Palms West Hospital at (561) 798-3300. If your child gets hurt at any time this season, consider taking him to our Pediatric ER or Children’s Hospital. 


Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries at Home and at Work

Each year, thousands of people end up in the emergency room because of eye injuries. Any type of eye injury is potentially serious. Fortunately, most of them are preventable. You can reduce the likelihood that you or a family member will have to visit the ER by following some simple safety steps. Consider using the following guidelines to improve the safety of your home and workplace.

Tips for Preventing Eye Injuries at Home and at Work

Wear Protective Eyewear

Protective eyewear is often a smart move both at home and at work. At home, consider wearing protective eyewear while operating power tools and lawn equipment. While using this type of equipment, small pieces of material can fly through the air and strike your face. Choose protective eyewear that fits snugly and features side shields. At work, follow OSHA guidelines regarding protective eyewear. Safety glasses, goggles, and similar devices are strongly recommended for performing work that produces particles and dust, such as grinding, welding, and sanding, and working with cement or chemicals. In addition, consider wearing protective eyewear while enjoying sports activities such as racquetball, hockey, and paintball.

Protect Your Eyes from the Sun

Whether you are working outdoors or relaxing in your garden, it’s important to protect your eyes from UV light. You can preserve your healthy vision by choosing sunglasses with UV protection.

Modify Your Furnishings

Many people have to visit the ER after slipping and falling in the home, which presents the risk of eye injuries in addition to fractures. Pick rugs with nonskid backs to reduce the risk of an injury and subsequent ER visit. Choose furniture with rounded edges or cushion existing sharp edges, particularly if your household includes young children or senior citizens.

Remove Lawn Debris

ER visits due to eye injuries can also be avoided by removing lawn debris. Before you mow your lawn, walk around it and pick up large branches and similar debris. You may also wish to perform outdoor work at a time when there won’t be any bystanders to prevent them from becoming injured.

If you do need to visit the ER because of an eye injury, the board-certified physicians of Palms West Hospital are ready to provide prompt care. Our ER is a state-of-the-art facility that welcomes patients of all ages. To learn more about the services available at our ER, call (561) 798-3300. 


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