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What to Expect When You Arrive at the ER

Emergency care physicians are highly trained professionals who can quickly evaluate patients and initiate life-saving protocols when necessary. Some patients arrive at the Emergency Department of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with life-threatening medical problems such as stroke or heart attack while others may need emergency care for infections, broken bones, and other generally non-life-threatening conditions. Because of the diverse range of medical needs among ER patients, the emergency care team does not see patients on a “first come, first serve” basis. Rather, patients with the most critical medical problems are seen first.

Triage

When you arrive at the emergency care department, a triage nurse will assess your health status. The triage nurse will ask you about your major symptoms and primary medical complaint, and he or she will evaluate your vital signs. Using this information, the triage nurse determines if you need to be taken to the treatment area immediately. When patients’ conditions are not emergent, they are seen in order of arrival.

Registration

If a patient requires immediate treatment, he or she may not go through registration beforehand. If you are asked to wait for a little while, you may meet the registration clerk during this time. During registration, the clerk will ask you for some basic information, such as your insurance policy number and an emergency contact. ERs have the mandate to treat patients regardless of ability to pay; even if you do not have health insurance, an ER physician will evaluate and treat you.

Waiting Area

Hospitals strive to make their ER waiting areas as comfortable as possible. While you’re waiting to be seen, you should notify the staff if you experience any urgent changes in your health status.

Treatment Area

In the treatment area, you may meet with several providers. These may include nurses, physicians, and technicians. You may be asked to have diagnostic tests. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, you may receive treatment in the hospital or you may be discharged with prescriptions and instructions for home care. You may be referred to a specialist or to your primary care physician for a follow-up appointment.

At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, we’re committed to investing in new technologies to streamline the patient experience, including our self-service ER kiosk. Please call 911 for transportation to our ER in Miami. Non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services may be directed to a registered nurse at (305) 682-7000.


Understanding the Different Types of Breast Cancer

Whether you are undergoing minor robotic surgery, recovering from a stroke, or receiving complex heart care, understanding your condition empowers you as a patient and helps you become an active member of your care team. The same holds true for breast cancer. There are different types of the disease with different symptoms and treatment requirements, so talking to your women’s services specialist about your specific variation of the disease will help you feel more in control. Here is a closer look at some of the most common types of the disease.

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, is a non-invasive form of breast cancer that occurs in the cells that line the ducts in the breasts. These cancer cells have not spread beyond this location because they have not invaded the tissue outside of the ducts. In some instances, DCIS is referred to as pre-cancer because of its non-invasive status. However, DCIS can and does become invasive in some women. For this reason, DCIS is treated as cancer. When diagnosed at this stage, most women can be cured through appropriate treatment.

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Lobular Carcinoma

Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer. It occurs when the cancer cells in a milk duct push through the duct wall and infect surrounding tissue. This type of cancer can also spread through to tissue outside of the breast through the blood or lymphatic system. Invasive lobular carcinoma occurs in the milk-producing glands and can also spread throughout the body.

Less Common Breast Cancers

Less common but still serious forms of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer, Paget disease of the nipple, angiosarcoma, and phyllodes tumors. Of these, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget disease of the nipple are most common. Inflammatory breast cancer occurs when cancer cells block lymph vessels in the breast and cause inflammation. Paget disease of the nipple is marked by scaly and irritated skin around the nipple and is often associated with DCIS.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a world-class breast cancer center in Miami that offers comprehensive women’s health services and heart care services. Learn more or request a referral to a breast cancer specialist by calling (305) 682-7000.


HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF AMERICA NAMED AN ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE WORLD'S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

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HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF AMERICA NAMED AN ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE WORLD’S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Nashville, Tenn., March 7, 2016 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 168 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the seventh consecutive year HCA has been honored, underscoring its consistent commitment to ethical business standards and practices.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in part a reflection of our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program for our 230,000 employees,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “It is also recognition of our culture of integrity, our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients and our desire to be a good citizen in the many communities we serve.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation which recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at HCA for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

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All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.


Recognizing the Early Signs of a Heart Attack

When most people think about heart attacks, they envision a Hollywood heart attack, in which strong, sudden chest pain has an individual grabbing at his or her chest when a heart attack takes place. In reality, symptoms may be much more subtle, and they can start well before a heart attack actually occurs. Knowing when a heart attack may be pending can help you minimize damage to your heart by seeking immediate medical care to address your cardiovascular risks. Below you can see some of the earliest warning signs of a heart attack that you should discuss with your doctor to avoid an emergency situation later on.

Chest pain while exercising

Exercise is good for your heart, but it may put your heart under heavy stress if you have a blockage developing that limits blood flow to your heart. If you experience chest pain or discomfort while you are participating in cardiovascular exercise, you should contact your doctor to schedule a stress test, which will help revel the issues causing your chest pain.

Fullness in the upper abdomen

Pain is not the only warning sign of a heart attack. You might have more generalized discomfort with a feeling of fullness or pressure in the upper abdomen. This feeling might be accompanied by fatigue or a vague feeling of illness that you will not want to ignore.

Jaw or upper back pain

Pain and soreness in the upper body is one of the lesser-known signs of heart attack, and it should be particularly concerning if it is accompanied by shortness of breath or the other symptoms listed above.

If you are experiencing the signs of a heart attack, call 911 right away. To address earlier warning signs or schedule a preventive cardiovascular screening, call Aventura Hospital & Medical Center at (305) 682-7000. Our hospital serves the Miami area with a wide range of specialized care services, including cardiology, obstetrics, and behavioral health.


What Are the Leading Causes of Insomnia?

The severity of some health problems is fairly easy to ascertain. Stroke, for example, always requires emergency care. However, much like high blood pressure, the effects of insomnia aren’t always immediately apparent. Eventually, untreated insomnia can increase a patient’s risk of overweight or obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even car accidents. To develop a treatment plan for a patient with insomnia, the specialists at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can explore the possible underlying causes of the problem.

Medical Conditions

Many medical conditions and their symptoms can make it difficult for a patient to fall asleep or stay asleep. For example, a person with severe symptoms of sinus congestion or allergies may have trouble breathing properly, which can inhibit sleep. Similarly, conditions involving chronic pain, such as arthritis, may lead to problems falling asleep. Other medical conditions that may contribute to insomnia include asthma, hyperthyroidism, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Parkinson’s disease.

Psychiatric Conditions

Depression, anxiety disorders, and other psychiatric issues are common among U.S. patients. Individuals with these types of health problems may find that excessive worrying or racing thoughts make it difficult to fall asleep. Unfortunately, insomnia can also contribute to worsening psychiatric symptoms. When anxiety causes insomnia, individuals may eventually begin to dread going to bed because they imagine they’ll lie awake for hours. Worrying about this unpleasant prospect only fuels the insomnia problem.

Lifestyle Habits

A person’s lifestyle can cause or contribute to his or her insomnia. For instance, individuals who work irregular hours, such as paramedics and police officers, are more likely to struggle with insomnia. Sleeping late to compensate for insomnia can add to the problem because it disrupts the body’s natural sleep/wake cycle. Alcohol is another major contributor. People with insomnia may have a few drinks at night to aid in falling asleep. Unfortunately, alcohol disrupts the sleep cycle and can cause the individual to wake up frequently during the night.

At the Aventura Sleep Disorders Center, you’ll find highly trained specialists who can help you get a good night’s sleep by providing personalized treatment recommendations based on your sleep study. The sleep center in Miami is located in Aventura Hospital and Medical Center—a state-of-the-art community hospital that also offers heart and vascular care, orthopedics, and surgical services. Call (305) 682-7000 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital.


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