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Aventura Hospital and Medical Center Designated Provisional Level II Trauma Center

Aventura, FL – May 6, 2015- Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce that the Florida Department of Health has designated the hospital as a provisional Level II trauma center. The hospital began operating as such, May 1 st 2015. The approval of a trauma center provides a needed access point for trauma care in northern Miami-Dade County that will facilitate life-saving trauma services for its residents and visitors. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is part of Florida’s first statewide network of trauma centers, developed as an affiliation between the University of South Florida (USF) and HCA to improve access and outcomes of injured patients.

Designation as a Provisional Level II Trauma Center means Aventura Hospital will now receive trauma alerts from emergency medical services personnel responding to emergencies involving critical injuries. Patients are triaged by EMS in the field according to criteria for the level of trauma care and transported to the nearest trauma center capable of providing the appropriate treatment. With traumatic injury, saving time is crucial.

“Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is equipped to provide critically injured patients in Aventura and the surrounding areas with timely access to medical care when saving time is crucial, which greatly increases the chance of survival,” said Dianne Goldenberg, Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to invest in the safety and health of our community and are dedicated to serving the citizens and visitors of South Florida.”

Aventura Hospital’s quest to become a trauma center began in the fall of 2014, when the hospital filed a letter of intent to submit a Level II trauma center application in 2015. Over the last six months, the hospital has built the infrastructure for trauma services, including ER renovations to add two new, fully-equipped trauma bays, specialized equipment, and a new helipad that provides immediate access to the emergency department.

About Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a 407 acute care medical/surgery facility providing award winning inpatient and outpatient diagnostic, medical, surgical, cardiovascular and cancer services to the communities of northeast Miami-Dade and southeast Broward counties since 1965. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is one of the few centers in Miami-Dade County to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency of Health Care Administration as well as a recipient of the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines-Stroke Gold plus Performance Achievement Award.” The 24-hour Emergency Room consistently maintains an average wait time of less than 10 minutes, and the Cardiac Catheterization Lab’s average STEMI time of less than 60 minutes fulfills the standards set forth by Miami-Dade County EMS. Staffed by more than 700 physicians representing over 50 specialties and 1,300 employees, the hospital meets the healthcare needs of its neighboring communities through continuous program enhancement and service excellence.

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Potential Complications of Diabetes

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Some people consider diabetes to be only a metabolic condition. While this condition disrupts the body’s ability to convert food into energy, it has widespread health effects that go beyond blood glucose usage. Consistent diabetes management is key to the long-term wellbeing of those who suffer from it. If you have diabetes, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you find effective strategies for preventing diabetes complications.

Slow-Healing Wounds

When a person suffers a cut, the body triggers the healing process with oxygen and nutrients brought through the circulatory system. This normal reaction to wounds can become compromised when an individual has diabetes. High levels of blood glucose in the bloodstream can damage blood vessels, making it harder for the cardiovascular system to provide necessary nutrients. This condition can also suppress the immune system, further complicating efforts to successfully kill germs that enter the body through the wound and hinder healing.

Nerve Damage

A slow healing wound can become an even greater problem if a diabetic sufferer is unaware of it. When a laceration occurs, the nervous system sends pain signals to the brain so that a person can recognize the presence of a wound. Just as diabetes can deteriorate blood vessels, so too can it damage nerves. If the nerves can no longer do their job of alerting the body of physical wounds, it can delay awareness of and treatment for them.

Declining Eyesight

Larger nerves and blood vessels may be more resilient to the effects of diabetes. Unfortunately, smaller structures may quickly succumb to the damage that high blood glucose can cause. The blood vessels that nourish the retinas of the eyes frequently suffer deterioration due to their small size. Should blood glucose levels remain chronically high, these blood vessels can rupture and seep blood, which can eventually lead to loss of vision in diabetic individuals. Blindness due to diabetic retinopathy is a common outcome of uncontrolled blood glucose levels.

You can have a healthy future with diabetes. Call (305) 682-1704 to learn more about the Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Our Miami-based diabetes experts can help you find the tools you need to manage your diabetes and avoid complications.


Recovering from Joint Replacement Surgery

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Joint replacement can help you be mobile and enjoy physical activity again. However, it may take several weeks or longer to recuperate from surgery. During the first few days following your procedure, your doctor might recommend rest with occasional periods of activity, such as a few minutes of walking around your house. Since you will be unable to navigate your home as you normally would, it’s important to have a friend or family member nearby. A loved one can help cook meals, do laundry, and shop for groceries until you can carry out these tasks yourself. After joint replacement surgery, be sure to keep up with your physician’s other recovery instructions. For instance, you may be told to undergo physical therapy to hasten the healing process.

Are you considering joint replacement surgery? Find out why so many people in the greater Miami area come to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for their orthopedic needs. Call (305) 682-1704 for more information.


Oncology at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Going through cancer treatment can be a challenging time for those diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center strives to provide comprehensive, coordinated cancer care for our Miami-area patients.

As you’ll learn from this video, effective cancer treatment requires a team effort between oncologists, nurses, aides, and other staff. When individuals come to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for cancer care, they can expect around-the-clock support from our medical professionals. With our excellent oncology team and cutting-edge treatment options, patients receive unparalleled care.

For more information about Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s cancer care services, call (305) 682-1704. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives are available to address your questions.


What to Do in the Case of a Heart Attack

A heart attack can be fatal, making immediate medical attention imperative to survival. This video explains the steps to take if someone experiences the warning signs of a heart attack.

If a loved one complains of chest pain, shortness of breath, or another heart attack symptom, call 911 and have him rest until the paramedics arrive. A heart attack happens when an arterial obstruction prevents the flow of blood to the heart. If you have aspirin nearby, give it to the heart attack patient. Nitroglycerin, which relaxes the arteries, can also be useful.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers swift emergency care for heart attack victims. Call (305) 682-1704 to find out more about our healthcare services for Miami, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach residents.

 


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