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

Breaking Drug and Alcohol Addiction through Medical Stabilization

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There are a number of ideologies related to the treatment of addiction, but there are few arguments against the use of medical stabilization and detox to combat the physiological effects of withdrawal. Not only are these symptoms uncomfortable and painful for patients, but they can also be life-threatening if they are not monitored within a medical setting.

Why detox works

When a person tries to break an addiction by going “cold turkey” in a medically unsupervised environment, they are putting themselves in danger due to symptoms such as heart palpitations, severe nausea and diarrhea, depression, and insomnia. Individuals struggling with these symptoms without medical supervision are at high risk for an immediate relapse or hospitalization from dehydration or heart complications. Alcohol withdrawal is particularly dangerous, because it could lead to heart attack and stroke in long-time users.

What to expect in medical stabilization

In a medical stabilization program for detox, individuals are screened, admitted, and held in a monitored environment with therapies designed to manage the most severe withdrawal symptoms. The hospital stay typically lasts from three to five days, but it is only the first step in the road to recovery.

What are the next steps

Medical stabilization will open the door to a healthy recovery, but it is still necessary to consult a community program to cope with the deeper issues of an addiction. While overcoming the first hurdle of withdrawal symptoms is significant, it is not the only challenge faced in the process of addiction recovery.

At Westside Regional Medical Center, we have partnered with New Vision to provide patients with excellent medical care focused on the first steps of addiction recovery. For more information about this program as well as support groups related to drug and alcohol addiction, visit our hospital in Plantation, FL or give us a call at (954) 473-6600 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You can also click through our website for more information.

Kids Living with Food Allergies

When kids have food allergies, it is important for them to recognize the foods that they cannot eat to avoid a severe reaction that could lead to anaphylaxis. In this video, you can meet some children who are living with food allergies and have had reactions from accidentally ingesting foods containing certain items.

The most common food allergen was peanuts, and allergies to peanuts tend to be more severe than allergies to eggs, milk, and soy. Symptoms of food allergies can range from skin rash to nausea to closing of the throat.

For more information about managing food allergies and seeking emergency care for your child with food allergies, consult Westside Regional Medical Center in Broward County. To reach us, visit our website or call us at (954) 473-6600. 

Three Reasons to Seek Emergency Medical Care

While a majority of medical problems can be treated outside of the emergency room, it is important to recognize when emergency care is needed for your condition. The emergency room is the busiest medical facility in any hospital, and it provides the most streamlined care to treat life-threatening situations and severe injuries that could lead to serious complications without proper treatment. Here is a look at a few of the more common reasons you might need to seek emergency care at Westside Regional Medical Center

Three Reasons to Seek Emergency Medical Care

Bone fractures

If you suspect a bone fracture, emergency care is necessary to reset the bone and prevent any secondary injuries to the soft tissue surrounding the bone. Open fractures are particularly important to treat, because they will expose the bone and muscle tissue to bacteria that could easily cause infections. Closed fractures can be identified by an inability to put weight on the injured area accompanied by severe pain and immediate swelling.

Severe lacerations or burns

Minor cuts and burns can be treated at home with antibiotic ointment and bandaging, but larger lacerations and burn injuries will not heal on their own. Large cuts require stitches, and they may also require a tetanus shot if you are not up to date on your immunizations. Second and third degree burns will cause significant blistering, nerve damage, and susceptibility to infection, so they should be addressed at the hospital.

Head injuries

At first a bang to the head may not seem like a big problem, but a concussion may occur when you hit your head. To ensure that you have not sustained neurological damage or bruising, you should consult an emergency physician for X-rays following the injury.

To take a look at the emergency care services offered at Westside Regional Medical Center, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (954) 473-6600. If you think you are having a medical emergency, call 911 right away. 

Winter Wonderland Extravaganza and Teddy Bear Clinic - Friday, December 6th

WHEN: Friday, December 6th, 4 - 8 p.m.

WHERE: Westside Regional Medical Center, Hospital Entrance

WHAT: Join us for holiday cheer and family fun! There will be snow, pictures with Santa, snow cones, a bounce house, musical entertainment, face painting, a station for writing letters to the North Pole, and a Teddy Bear Clinic.

RSVP by calling 954-370-5585!

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Symptoms of Severe Food Allergies

Nut Allergy Warning

Food allergies can be severe enough to be life-threatening, so it is important to understand symptoms that require emergency care. Foods that commonly cause severe food allergies are nuts, shellfish, and fish. Soy, eggs, milk, and wheat are also common allergens, but are rarely associated with severe reactions.

When a severe reaction occurs, it may cause anaphylaxis, which takes place just moments after a trigger food is consumed. Signs of this condition include difficulty breathing, weak pulse, swelling of the face and lips, closing of the throat, and vomiting. An Epi-pen containing ephedrine is the immediate treatment for anaphylaxis, and it will typically cause symptoms to subside right away. Still, patients should be brought to the ER after ephedrine has been administered to reduce symptoms of the reaction.

If you need emergency care in Plantation, FL, you can find reliable and quick emergency services at Westside Regional Medical Center. To connect with us, visit our website or call (954) 473-6600 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

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