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Preventing Household Burns

Reduce the risk of burns and find out how you can avoid the need to seek emergency care for a burn with these tips:

Burn Awareness 101

Burns are one of the leading causes of accidental death and injury in the US. Approximately one person dies as the result of a fire every two hours and 41 minutes, with most of these deaths happening at home. Young children, the elderly, and the disabled are the most vulnerable to burn injuries, with children under five years old requiring emergency care for burns 2.4 times more often than the general population. Although 96.8% of people who experience burns will survive, they still may experience a painful recovery and lifelong disfigurement and disability.

ER Care for Burns

Ignoring a burn injury can leave you at risk for injection and serious scarring. Go to the ER any time your face, hands, feet, or genitals are burned or if a burn covers a large area of skin. If you experience a burn that doesn’t initially hurt and that causes your skin to turn white or gray, you should also seek ER treatment. Any time you have a burn that gets increasingly painful or that swells or has drainage, it should be examined by a doctor.

Burn Prevention

You can cut your risk of burns by taking some safety precautions at home. Never leave candles or cooking food unattended. Make sure all of your pot and pan handles are turned inward. Keep your water heater set on the low-medium setting. Avoid wearing loose, long sleeves when you’re cooking, and always unplug clothing and hair irons when not in use.

If a burn does occur, emergency care in West Palm Beach, FL is at JFK Medical Center North Campus. Our ER provides care 24-hours per day and gives you access to our comprehensive hospital services. You can learn more about our hospital or get a physician referral by calling (888) 256-7694.


What to Expect from Your Clinical Breast Exams

You may already know that mammography is one of the primary methods of screening for breast cancer. Even before a mammogram is taken, breast cancer can be detected early during your yearly physical with your physician. Your doctor can teach you how to perform a monthly self-exam at home and he or she can perform a clinical breast exam to check for abnormalities.

Health History

A review of your health history is a cornerstone of proper breast care. In addition to asking about your medical conditions and medications, your doctor will ask about your menstrual and reproductive history. You’ll also disclose information about your family medical history and you may be asked about your lifestyle habits. This information will help your doctor provide personalized recommendations for additional health screenings, such as mammography.

Visual Exam

After you’ve changed into a hospital gown, your doctor will assess the appearance of your breasts. He or she will check for atypical changes of the skin and asymmetries in the size and shape of the breasts. You may be asked to move your arms in specific ways.

Manual Exam

Next, your doctor will use gloved fingers to palpate, or feel, the tissues of both breasts, and the collarbone and underarm areas. Your doctor will consider whether any lymph nodes in the area are enlarged and he or she will check for the presence of abnormal lumps. Gentle pressure will be applied around the nipple area to check for abnormal discharge. If there is discharge, a sample will be collected for analysis in the laboratory. If your doctor does observe any abnormalities, you may be referred for additional medical tests.

The Breast Institute in West Palm Beach, FL, offers comprehensive preventive, screening, diagnostic, and interventional hospital services. All of the patients at JFK North can expect courteous services delivered in a welcoming environment by highly trained providers. If you would like to request a referral to a breast care specialist, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7694.


Preventing Injuries While Landscaping

Mowing the lawn and performing other landscaping tasks generally aren’t considered to be high-risk activities, but they can indeed result in serious, sometimes disfiguring injuries. Following a few simple guidelines can reduce your risk of landscaping injuries. If an accident does occur, your family can rely on JFK North for emergency care.

Prepare for Outdoor Work

Taking a few minutes to prepare just might save you a trip to the ER. If you will be operating a lawnmower or power tools, remind young kids to remain indoors or stay out of the area where you’ll be working. Check that all of your pets are indoors to keep them out of harm’s way. If you plan to mow the lawn, walk around the grass beforehand to pick up branches, stones, and other debris. Navigating a lawnmower over these objects could turn them into dangerous airborne projectiles.

Use the Right Safety Gear

Wearing appropriate safety gear is always recommended. Wear hearing protection if you’ll be using a lawnmower or power tools. Protective eye goggles will prevent penetrating eye injuries. Always wear sturdy boots or shoes, rather than sandals.

Operate Equipment Safely

If you aren’t sure how to properly operate landscaping equipment, then it may be a job that is best left to professionals. If you are familiar with these tools, then be sure to take all appropriate safety precautions. Inspect the equipment beforehand for defects. Check that all safety devices, guards, and switches are in place. If you need to adjust the equipment before you’re finished with the task, shut it off completely first and unplug it, if applicable.

In the event that you or a loved one does sustain a serious injury, rest assured that our emergency care team in West Palm Beach, Fl will be there for you 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, offering compassionate care. Please call 911 when faced with a life-threatening emergency; otherwise, non-emergent inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at (888) 256-7694.


Get the Facts About Cervical Cancer

Women’s health services are largely focused on preventive screenings and checkups that can identify problems such as breast cancer and cervical cancer early in their development, when they are the most treatable. When it comes to cervical cancer, knowledge of the disease is essential, so JFK Medical Center North Campus has compiled some quick facts to help you bolster your knowledge for better wellness in the future.

Cervical cancer can be prevented.

One of the most important facts to know about cervical cancer is that it can be effectively prevented through HPV vaccination and other measures for safe sex. Cervical cancer is most often caused by HPV, or human papilloma virus, which is among the most common STDs diagnosed in women. The HPV vaccine, which can be given to women during adolescence or as late as age 26, can prevent some of the most harmful strains of HPV to create a cancer free future along with other safe sex practices.

Women often do not have symptoms until later stages of cervical cancer.

In addition to prevention through the HPV vaccine, women should be dedicated to regular screenings with Pap tests during well woman visits with a family physician or gynecologist. These screenings are essential, because they can reveal cervical cancer well before symptoms develop, which is often in later stages of the disease.

Women of all ages should be screened for cervical cancer.

Though cancer screening is often discussed for older women, it is never too early to begin discussing cancer prevention and screening with your doctor. All women should have regular Pap tests beginning at age 21, regardless of their sexual history. These tests will set the foundation for a lifetime of wellness and regular screenings to prevent some of the most pressing health issues faced by women.

If you are a woman that lives in the West Palm Beach area and would like to discuss your health needs, contact JFK Medical Center North Campus today. You can reach us for physician referrals and non-emergent health inquiries through our 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 256-7694.


Exploring the Mental Health Issues Faced by Older Americans

As people get older, they may face more health problems, not just in the physical sense, but also in their mental and behavioral health. Unfortunately, many of the mental health issues faced by older adults are not effectively treated, because they are not well-recognized as health threats for this community. This article will offer some insight on the mental health concerns of older adults to give you an idea of the signs and symptoms to look for in your elderly loved ones.

Depression

For a number of reasons, depression is common among seniors, and it may be related to conditions such as prescription drug abuse and alcohol abuse. Suicide is another high risk for elderly individuals with depression, so you should look out for warning signs such as frequent feelings of guilt or sadness, withdrawal from social activities, and a decline in personal care.

Incontinence

You might not think of incontinence as a mental health issue, but it is actually more effectively treated with behavioral therapies like biofeedback, rather than drug therapies. Incontinence is also the leading cause for families to admit elder relatives to assisted living facilities, so it is a concern that should not be overlooked by seniors.

Dementia

Dementia is not a normal part of the aging process. In many cases, dementia is related to Alzheimer’s disease, though there are a number of conditions that can cause it. Regardless of the cause, dementia should be addressed at the earliest signs, which might include a decline in personal hygiene, frequent forgetfulness, confusion, and mismanagement of money.

Insomnia

Typically, seniors will sleep less than younger adults, because seniors are very likely to suffer from insomnia. About 30-60% of seniors will have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and this can impair mental health, since adequate sleep is necessary for stress management and a stable mood.

At JFK Medical Center North Campus, we offer dedicated behavioral and mental health services for older adults through our Senior Services Program. To learn more about this program and the benefits of age-specific mental healthcare, call (888) 256-7694 to speak with one of our registered nurses anytime, 24/7.


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