Westside Regional Medical Center
Founded in 1974, our facility provides comprehensive healthcare to the residents of Broward County.

Men's Health Screenings by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, a time to not only honor the memories of the men who have lost their lives to prostate cancer, but also a time for men everywhere to refocus on their own health. By being conscientious about getting recommended healthcare screenings at the appropriate times, men can drastically improve their odds of catching potentially life-threatening health conditions in their earliest, most treatable stages. Are you unsure about what types of preventative care you need, and when? View this infographic from Westside Regional Medical Center to find out. Our hospital provides comprehensive medical care for all of your health needs, including cardiovascular surgery, early heart attack care, stroke care, and cancer care in Plantation, FL. Contact us if you need a referral to a provider for one of these essential health screenings, and please share this important health information with all of the men in your life.

A Brief Overview of Boating Safety

Summertime in Florida is a popular season for enjoying beach activities, including boating. However, boating is associated with several common injuries and health risks, from minor bumps and bruises to major situations that require emergency care. Keep reading to brush up on your boating safety knowledge to help prevent many of the most common but serious boating and water-related health concerns.

Swimming and Life Preservers
Drowning and near-drowning are some of the most common and most serious boating-related safety hazards. Fortunately, these situations are easy to avoid by ensuring every member of your family wears a well-fitted life preserver in good repair while out on the water, regardless of the weather conditions or the type of boat you’re occupying. Life preservers should be worn even by individuals who know how to swim; if any members of your family don’t know how to swim or aren’t strong swimmers, swimming classes are a great way to improve these skills for added safety.

Boating Equipment and Operations
Your boat and all its equipment should be checked regularly for damage or disrepair, and any issues you find should be addressed before your next boating trip. If possible, make sure at least two people in your party are familiar with the boat’s systems and operations, and remember to follow a pre-departure checklist each time you cast off. Additionally, always create a float plan to ensure that authorities or rescuers can find you and provide help if it’s needed. Keep a close eye on the weather at all times, and don’t hesitate to cancel your trip or cut your boating adventure short if foul weather is expected.

At Westside Regional Medical Center, our hospital and ER serving Plantation, FL, wants you and your family to enjoy healthy summertime fun this year. We invite you to visit our website to check out our helpful health resources and full list of medical services, including ER treatment, cardiac care, orthopedic care, and rehabilitation therapy. You can also learn more about us and get additional summer health and safety tips by calling (954) 722-9933.

A Look at Our LGBTQ Healthcare Resources

LGBTQ individuals have long struggled with disparities in healthcare, both in the ER and beyond. They frequently must face social stigmas and structural inequities within the healthcare system as well. At Westside Regional Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing exceptional healthcare services to everyone. It is our goal to further the care of human life within a respectful, positive setting. To that end, we’ve developed LGBTQ-specific policies to shape our healthcare resources.

Our Core Four
The Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) ranks medical centers according to whether they fulfill the Core Four, which are the foundational criteria for LGBT care. Since Westside Regional Medical Center has met all of these requirements, we have been awarded the standing of “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.” The first of the Core Four is Patient Non-Discrimination. Our hospital fulfills this core standard by communicating our non-discrimination policy to patients and by including the terms “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” in our Patients’ Bill of Rights. The second of the Core Four is Equal Visitation. This means that we grant equal visitation to LGBT patients and their visitors. The third is Employment Non-Discrimination, which refers to our equal opportunity employment policy, and the fourth is Training in LGBT Patient-Centered Care. This last criterion means that we provide specialized training on LGBT healthcare to our staff members.

Our LGBTQ Policies
Westside Regional Medical Center has established several LGBTQ policies to maintain our non-discriminatory and welcoming healthcare environment. One of our policies recognizes same-sex partners as part of the patient’s family, regardless of whether they are legally married. Same-sex partners, family members, or friends may be present with the patient during their stay. Furthermore, our medical center maintains strict confidentiality of medical records. We encourage patients to advise their healthcare providers of their gender identity or sexual orientation to facilitate the administration of appropriate care.

Should you have any questions or concerns about our policies, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (954) 722-9933. A registered nurse can also explain our hospital services, which include women’s health, emergency care, rehabilitation therapy, and cardiac care in Plantation, FL. Westside Regional Medical Center is proud to be designated as a Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality.

Learning to Live with Arthritis

Although there are more than 100 different types of arthritis, most people with this chronic inflammatory disease have rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis. Psoriatic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout are other common forms of arthritis. The symptoms of arthritis can be debilitating and may reduce your quality of life, but it is possible to live life well despite your diagnosis. The orthopedics team at Westside Regional Medical Center can help.

Discussing Your Medication Options

Your orthopedic care specialist may recommend medications, such as over-the-counter or prescription analgesics, biologics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or corticosteroids. Before taking any medications, it’s advisable for patients to be fully informed of the potential risks. Some medications, such as corticosteroids, are usually intended for short-term treatment because of the risks associated with long-term use. Your doctor may need to change your medication regimen a few times before finding the right type and dosage of drugs that work for you.

Managing Your Pain

Medications aren’t the only way to manage your arthritis symptoms. Your doctor may recommend applying ice or heat therapy to the painful joints. Some patients may be good candidates for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), which feels similar to a massage delivered via electric current. Other arthritis patients find relief with trigger point injections or hyaluronic acid injections.

Enjoying a Healthy, Active Lifestyle

Many people with arthritis experience fatigue and it can be difficult to move around with painful joints. However, enjoying gentle exercise on a regular basis may improve your arthritis symptoms. Your doctor may refer you to a physical therapist. Physical therapists often work with patients with arthritis who need guidance in regaining mobility and exercising safely. It’s also advisable to follow a well-balanced diet. While certain foods cannot “cure” arthritis, eating a healthy meal plan can help you maintain a normal weight, which will reduce stress on your weight-bearing joints.

The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Westside Regional Medical Center offers world-class care for patients with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions. Our orthopedics team provides a continuum of care, including non-surgical treatment options, joint replacement surgery and rehabilitation therapy. Call (954) 722-9933 to request a referral to our Orthopedic & Spine Institute in Plantation, FL.

Medical Emergencies: Dehydration in Young Children

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Young children are at a high risk of dehydration, particularly during the hot summer months in Florida. Moderate to severe dehydration in an infant or child is considered a medical emergency that requires a prompt trip to the ER. At Westside Regional Medical Center, our emergency care team provides specialized treatment to the youngest of patients in our child-friendly ER.

Signs and Symptoms
When a child has mild to moderate dehydration, he or she may complain of thirst, sleepiness, or headache. Young children may have constipation, decreased urine output, and dizziness. Babies may not have wet diapers for three hours. At this point, parents are advised to call the family doctor for guidance. Other signs and symptoms indicate a need to visit the nearest ER or call 911 right away. These include sunken eyes, a sunken fontanel, rapid breathing, rapid heartbeat, fever, and lack of tears when crying. Unconsciousness, extreme fussiness, and lethargy may be apparent.

Causes and Risk Factors
Infants and young children are already at a high risk of dehydration, but certain issues can raise this risk further. Illnesses can lead to dehydration, particularly when they involve vomiting, diarrhea, or fever. Older children may become dehydrated when playing outdoors during hot weather. Since children may not readily drink as much water as they need, parents must frequently remind them to drink non-caffeinated fluids throughout the day.

Treatments and Prevention
A family doctor may offer guidance on treating mild dehydration at home with an oral rehydration solution. If the condition is severe enough to warrant emergency care, then the ER team can start the child on intravenous fluids and salts. Of course, prevention is always preferable. Parents can give a child extra water and an oral rehydration solution when the child is at a higher risk of dehydration. If the child is ill or outdoors frequently in hot weather, then taking these steps to prevent dehydration is advisable.

If you think your child could be experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 without delay or head for the nearest ER. Westside Regional Medical Center is a leading provider of kid-friendly emergency care in Plantation, FL, and we feature a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to provide specialized care. For general healthcare information, parents can speak with a registered nurse at (954) 722-9933.

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