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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. 


October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In October of 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) marked the first Day of Unity. The Day of Unity was intended to facilitate networking among battered women’s advocates from around the country. Shortly thereafter, the Day of Unity evolved into a weeklong schedule of events. These events provided venues for the mourning of women who have lost their lives as a result of domestic violence. The events also included activities to celebrate survivorship and encourage connections among women’s services advocates.

The first national Domestic Violence Awareness Month was designated in October of 1987. Public awareness of this widespread problem led to the establishment of a national toll-free hotline for victims of domestic violence. Just two years later, the U.S. Congress began passing Commemorative Legislation on an annual basis. Events still take place each year in many different municipalities across the country. To learn how you can get involved, contact the NCADV.

At Palms West Hospital, you will find caring physicians and nurses who look forward to meeting you and hearing about your unique concerns and needs. If you have any questions about our women’s services or ER capabilities, contact us at (561) 798-3300.


What to Expect From Breast Needle Biopsy

A breast needle biopsy is a procedure that is performed to assess the health of the breast tissue. Your doctor will likely refer you to the women’s services department of the hospital to undergo a biopsy if a suspicious lump is detected in the breasts. Rest assured, however, that not all lumps are cancerous. Undergoing a biopsy in the women’s services department is the only way to know for sure if cancer treatments such as surgery will be needed.

What to Expect From Breast Needle Biopsy

Preparation

A breast needle biopsy is a routine procedure. You can prepare for it much like you would prepare for any other procedure. Make sure your doctor has your updated medical history, including any new diagnoses. Discuss any medications that you might be taking and disclose your supplement regimen, if applicable. Ask the doctor any questions you have about the procedure. Before the biopsy, you can also expect to undergo a physical exam, including a breast exam. The women’s services specialist might recommend blood tests and a mammogram. You may be asked to shower with an antibacterial soap on the morning of the procedure.

Procedure

The doctor might apply a local anesthetic to alleviate your discomfort. The area of skin will be sterilized and a small needle will be gently inserted. Small samples of tissues and fluids are removed and sent to the lab for analysis. Depending on your unique situation, the doctor might use an ultrasound or MRI to guide the needle. Sometimes, a probe or a vacuum-assisted device is used to remove the samples.

Recovery

Follow your doctor’s instructions for self-care measures after the procedure. Your doctor will likely prescribe pain relievers and recommend that you wear a supportive bra and apply a warm compress. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery, call the women’s services department for advice.

You’ll find compassionate and highly skilled doctors at the Breast Center in Palms West Hospital. To schedule your appointment, give us a call at (561) 792-4892. We also invite you to visit our website to view the services available at our women’s services, orthopedics, and pediatrics departments.


Recognizing the Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This designation serves to increase public awareness about this disease and encourage research funding to improve treatments. The designation also reinforces the critical importance of taking measures to prevent breast cancer and having regular screenings to allow for early detection.

You can learn more about screenings for breast cancer by watching this video. You’ll hear from Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius on the importance of undergoing mammograms and how they have greatly improved survival rates.

Schedule your next mammogram today at Palms West Hospital by calling (561) 792-4892. In addition to comprehensive women’s services, we also offer a wide range of services for your whole family.


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