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When Is a Child's High Fever an Emergency?

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No parent wants to see their child fall ill, but most children eventually do get sick and develop a fever. While it’s not always practical to take your child to the hospital every time they have a fever, it is important to know when a fever constitutes a medical emergency. Below is a brief look at fevers in children and when to consider seeking emergency medical care.

Common Fever-Causing Illnesses

There are several illnesses that have fever as a primary symptom, but generally these germs cause a fever in a very similar way. Fever-causing bacteria trigger a chemical reaction inside the body, and the hypothalamus—the gland responsible for regulating the body’s temperature—increases internal body temperature. Researchers believe that this may be the body’s way of fighting germs and visibly indicating an illness. While illnesses such as the flu and common cold typically do not pose a significant health threat in older children, parents should beware of symptoms of meningitis. Without prompt treatment, children may suffer from permanent effects in their ability to think and learn.

Average Fevers and Medical Emergencies

The average person’s resting body temperature is approximately 98.6? F (37? C). A fever isn’t necessarily dangerous for adults until it reaches 103? F (39.4? C) or higher, but infants are particularly susceptible to even small changes in body temperature; infants younger than 3 months may require medical help if their rectal temperature reaches 100.4? F (38? C), and infants over 3 months 102? F (38.9? C). Infants should never be left unattended in a parked car since heat stroke can set in mere minutes on a sunny day.

Here at Westside Regional Medical Center, we understand the importance of receiving fast and effective emergency medical care. Our medical will work to provide timely triage so that your family receives the care they deserve. Text ER to 23000 to obtain our average wait times in Broward County, or call (954) 473-6600 today to speak to a nurse.


Understanding General Anesthesia

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Anesthesia is designed to temporarily block the connection between nerves and the brain, allowing medical professionals to perform complex medical treatments without causing pain to the patient. Modern anesthesia ranges from a simple shot for a small area to inducing temporary “sleep” during major surgical procedures, and most side effects go away within a couple of hours.

Local anesthesia numbs a specific part of the body and is typically applied topically or intravenously. General anesthesia renders the patient unconscious and unable to feel pain or movement, and it can be administered through an IV or through gas. While the patient is unconscious, medical staff continuously monitor major bodily functions and manage any issues that may arise during surgery.

Westside Regional Medical Center is more than a leading healthcare facility in south Florida; we are a family of medical professionals dedicated to providing all of our patients with personalized care. To receive a physician referral or to learn more about our facilities in Broward County, contact us at (954) 473-6600 today.


How a Healthy Diet Helps MS Patients

Multiple sclerosis can have wide range of symptoms, but adhering to a healthy diet is one way you can take control of your life. This video provides some simple tips for building a healthy diet.

A healthy diet can help people with MS manage fatigue and promote healthy bone growth. Designing a healthy diet doesn’t have to turn your entire routine upside down; start simply by choosing foods that are low in saturated fats and high in fiber. And as always, fresh fruits and vegetables can be a nutritious addition to any meal.

Our team of specialists here at the Westside Regional Medical Center has access to the latest medical technology to diagnose and treat a wide range of neurological conditions. To schedule an appointment or to receive more health information, contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (954) 473-6600 today. 


Your First Surgical Procedure: What to Expect

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Surgery can be a daunting prospect for anyone, even for a relatively minor procedure. Even after consulting with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits, it’s often difficult to imagine what’s going to happen between receiving anesthesia and coming out of the operating room. This brief overview provides a general idea of what to expect from your first surgery at Westside Regional Medical Center.

The Initial Consultation

All surgical procedures pose some amount of risk, and if it is not an emergency your doctor will plan the procedure in advance. During the initial consultation your doctor will help you understand any risks and benefits of surgery compared to other treatment options and go over any allergies, unique medical problems, and the possibility of pregnancy. Our facilities here at Westside Regional Medical Center have access to the latest minimally invasive surgical techniques to minimize the risk and hasten recovery time.

Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for surgery may require certain dietary restrictions. It is important to inform your doctor of any medications you take on a regular basis—even over-the-counter products and dietary supplements—to prevent a possible reaction with anesthetics or other drugs. For example, taking aspirin may thin the blood and cause excessive bleeding during the procedure. Depending on the type of procedure, the patient may receive local anesthetics or be entirely unconscious.

Post-Operative Recovery

Post-operative recovery is about more than pain management and rest; the patient is responsible for maintaining a healthy lifestyle during recovery. Certain types of procedures may limit mobility or activity levels, while others may require some amount of physical therapy for a full recovery.  Having a network of supportive friends and family will hasten the recovery process and minimize the chances of post-operative complications.

Westside Regional Medical Center has been a trusted hospital in Broward County since 1974, and we have maintained our reputation as a leading healthcare provider by providing prompt care and high-quality treatment. To find a medical specialist for a specific condition, contact our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line at (954) 473-6600 today.

 


What Are the Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis?

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Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system. This disease causes the inflammation, destruction, and scarring of the protective coating around nerves in the brain and spinal cord, and can even damage the nerves themselves. Symptoms vary widely depending on the location and extent of the damage, and they may be temporary or permanent. Early identification is crucial for obtaining effective treatment for MS. Below is a brief look at MS and its symptoms.

Most Common Symptoms

Numbness in the face or extremities is often one of the first symptoms of MS. Approximately 80% of people with MS report fatigue as a primary symptom, and it can progress to the point where it interferes with both personal and professional obligations. Bladder dysfunction is similarly common in 80% of people with MS, though it can usually be managed successfully. MS may also cause clinically significant levels of pain, and it may be temporary or chronic.

Less Common Symptoms

In some cases, MS may interfere with major bodily functions. Speech problems are reported in approximately 25 to 40% of individuals with MS; speech impairments range from slurring to difficulty in controlling voice intensity and inflection.  Only about 6% of people with MS report symptoms of hearing loss, though it tends to improve over time; total deafness from MS is rare.

Risk Factors

Certain risk factors can trigger or worsen certain symptoms. Overstraining the body in excessively hot weather, hot showers, or from physical overexertion may lead to a relapse. Internal heat generated from a fever or infection may also adversely impact MS symptoms.

The Neurosurgery Program at the Westside Regional Medical Center features state-of-the-art equipment, and our staff of specialists can provide comprehensive diagnostics, rehabilitative treatment, and ongoing care for a wide range of neurological conditions. To receive a neurologist referral in Plantation, FL, call (954) 473-6600 today.


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