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    Signs of a Diabetic Emergency

    Last updated 2 years ago

    For diabetic individuals, blood glucose maintenance is a daily need. When blood glucose is too high or too low, it can lead to extensive and potentially life-threatening complications. Should you have any questions regarding how to respond to a diabetic emergency, the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you recognize common warning signs and symptoms.

    Hypoglycemia

    Hypoglycemia is a condition that occurs when the body has too little blood glucose. Blood glucose provides the cells of the body with energy so that they can perform their necessary functions. Without enough of it, diabetic individuals may display evident signs of exhaustion or wooziness. Some people may also begin to shake or suffer from seizures. This condition can impact the mood of sufferers as well. Loved ones may notice angry outbursts or bouts of unhappiness from sufferers. Advanced hypoglycemia may also lead to sudden deteriorating eyesight or heart palpitations. Before complications lead to more serious side effects such as loss of consciousness, sufferers should be directed to eat a simple carbohydrate snack to return their blood glucose levels to a normal state.

    Hyperglycemia

    Hyperglycemia is the opposite of hypoglycemia. Individuals suffering from it have too much blood glucose in their bloodstreams. Normally, the hormone insulin helps the body move blood glucose from the bloodstream into the cells. However, diabetic individuals either produce too little insulin, or their bodies cannot utilize it properly.  In many cases, individuals suffering from hyperglycemia may complain of incessant thirst. They may also make more frequent trips to the bathroom to urinate. Both signs point to a need to stabilize blood glucose levels. Physical activity as advised by a physician can typically restore blood glucose to a healthy balance. In instances where either hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia persists, individuals should seek immediate professional assistance.

    Do you or a loved one have diabetes? Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you learn how to maintain healthy blood glucose levels and avoid other diabetic complications. To learn more about diabetes and its management, call our Hudson hospital at (888) 741-5119.

    Caring for Someone With Cancer: What to Expect

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The effects of a cancer diagnosis reverberate beyond the cancer patient. This disease can impact family members, close friends, and even neighbors and coworkers. For someone who takes on the role of caregiver for a cancer patient, it is important to be as prepared as possible for the life changes and responsibilities that cancer care can bring. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point encourages residents in the greater Hudson area to contact our hospital with any questions regarding how to be a caregiver for a cancer patient.

    Coordinating Medical Care

    Cancer care can become an overwhelming process for some patients. For this reason, many healthcare providers recommend that a loved one be in attendance for all doctor appointments. Some caregivers may also be tasked with communicating information between different teams of doctors and arranging transportation to and from each treatment session or checkup.

    Maintaining Healthy Communication

    Key to helping a cancer patient stay focused and positive about his treatment is talking to him about it. Making sure that he feels informed and empowered about his care can greatly enhance his cancer treatment experience. Caregivers should also keep in mind that some cancer patients may grow weary of discussing their condition too often. To maintain a normal semblance of life, it’s important to have conversations and discussions about other topics such as work and recreation as well.

    Managing Household Needs

    Cancer care can demand a great amount of time. It can also drain the energy reserves of those going through it. If a love one is going through treatment, he may no longer have the time or ability to attend to his domestic needs. To help him enjoy a peaceful and stress-free home life, you may want to coordinate his household chores and meal planning schedule with other family members and friends.

    Let Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point help you successfully navigate your cancer care needs. Call us today at (888) 741-5119 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral representatives. We offer comprehensive and compassionate cancer care options for the greater Hudson community. 

    What Is Hyperbaric Therapy?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Hyperbaric therapy involves the use of pure oxygen in a pressurized environment to promote healing. Patients undergoing hyperbaric therapy lay in a tube-like container that is slowly pressurized until it reaches one and one half to three times the normal atmospheric pressure. A session may take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the condition being treated.

    Hyperbaric therapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, but one of its most common applications is for wound care. The high levels of pressurized oxygen encourage the body to rush oxygen-rich blood to the site of the wound to promote healing. Hyperbaric therapy can also be used to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, thermal burns, and much more.

    The Wound Care Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers hyperbaric therapy to help resolve stubborn wounds. You can find out more about wound care and all of our hospital services by calling (888) 741-5119.

    What Is Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Gastrointestinal reflux disease—or GERD—is a relatively common condition in which stomach contents move backwards into the esophagus, triggering pain and heartburn. Over time, acids from the stomach can also permanently damage the lining of the esophagus. If you experience symptoms of GERD, it’s important to see your doctor right away, as early treatment can reduce complications. Continue reading to find out more about this condition.

    Basics of Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    In your esophagus, there is a ring of muscle fibers called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The job of the LES is to close after food moves from your esophagus to your stomach to prevent backflow. With GERD, the LES does not close completely, which allows partially digested foods and stomach acids to move into the esophagus. When these stomach contents move backwards, it is called reflux. The reflux causes heartburn, nausea, and the feeling that food is stuck in the chest area. Some sufferers also experience sore throats, hoarseness, coughing, and hiccups.

    Causes of Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    There are many different things that can cause GERD, and getting to the source of your symptoms is an important part of treatment. Some risk factors for GERD include obesity, pregnancy, smoking, hiatal hernia, and scleroderma. Certain medications are also linked to GERD symptoms; these medications include beta-blockers, sedatives, and bronchodilators.

    Treatments for Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    How your doctor treats your GERD depends on a number of different factors, including the severity of your symptoms and what the underlying cause is. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and stopping smoking, are enough to reverse symptoms. You may need to change your medications or start taking them with a full glass of water. Over-the-counter antacids may help in the short term, but they may also cause constipation and diarrhea. Your doctor may prescribe medications to ease your symptoms. If your GERD symptoms are persistent, surgery may be an option.

    If you have GERD symptoms, ask for a referral to the Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorder Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. We offer treatment for GERD sufferers ranging from medications to surgery. You can get more information about our hospital by calling (888) 741-5119.

     

    Guidelines for Cancer Detection Screenings

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When it comes to cancer, early detection saves lives. That is why keeping up with cancer screening tests is so important. Each screening test has its own guidelines, so talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you and when you should have them. Here is a look at some common cancer screening tests and the current patient guidelines for undergoing the exams.

    Breast Cancer

    The mammogram is the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer. Most women should have a mammogram once a year starting at age 40. In addition to mammograms, women should begin having clinical breast exams every three years in their 20s and 30s, and then annually after age 40. It is also recommended that women perform breast self-exams each month. Some women may require more frequent screening and different kinds of tests, such as an MRI, because of a family history of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you.

    Cervical Cancer

    There are two approaches to cervical cancer screening: a Pap test or a Pap test plus an HPV test, which is called co-testing. Pap tests should begin at age 21. Women between 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years, but don’t generally need an HPV test unless they have an abnormal Pap result. Women between 30 and 65 should have co-testing every five years. After 65, screening can be stopped in women who have a history of normal Pap tests. However, screening should be performed for 20 years after a pre-cancerous Pap result, regardless of age.

    Lung Cancer

    Non-smokers don’t usually need lung cancer screenings unless they are experiencing symptoms. Smokers between the ages of 55 and 74 who smoke 30 packs or more per year and are still smoking or quit less than 15 years ago may need to be screened. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of screening and how often you should be tested.

    For diagnosis and treatment, visit the accredited Cancer Program at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. We provide chemotherapy, surgery, pain management, support groups, and everything else you may need during your cancer battle. For more information, call (888) 741-5119.




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