Tag Archives: Fall Prevention

Heat-related health issues on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When the body dissipates heat (sweating), your body’s fluid levels drop. If you don’t properly hydrate, serious health risks can appear. Listen in on how it can transform from mild side effects all the way to serious ones like a stroke.

Using interactive experiences in the Pavilion to assist in rehabilitation on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

From a hydraulic car for mobility training to a full furnished condo which helps people regain functionality their home – the Rehabilitation Pavilion has it all. Oh… and a full size grocery store!

The Ekso Skeleton – Available to Help Patients Recover at the Rehabilitation Pavilion on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

The clinical care offered in the Rehabilitation Pavilion is truly out of this world. Not only does that apply to the team of people, but also to the technology. Task-driven tools like the Ekso Skeleton and the Vector Track are truly state-of-the-art.

SMH’s New Rehabilitation Pavilion is Open! On Health Check with Heidi Godman on WSRQ

Opening the new 74,000 sq. ft. facility will make a difference not only for families visiting patients, but also help with the transition to home life. Private rooms, bathrooms and couches for families are just some of the new amenities.

How to prevent falls at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Throw rugs, clutter, balance issues – even small pets – can pose a tripping or fall threat to older people. In fact, falls represent one of the top reasons for hospital re admissions. Listen in for some tips on how to create a safe environment.

Elder care in the hospital… and at home on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

As a NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders) designated Hospital, SMH has committed to elder care while in the hospital and before the patient goes home. The special markers will give health care providers enhanced skills to care for the aging population.

Ageing in Sarasota on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Sarasota Memorial Hospital has earned the special designation of NICHE (Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders). With about 63 percent of inpatient admissions being 65 years and older, SMH wanted to go the extra mile in earning NICHE designation. Listen in to find out all the reasons.

Protecting your bones – from smoking to ATVs on Health Check with Heidi Godman

Bone breaks are often preventable. Eating properly, wearing your seat belt when driving and exercise are among some of the ways you can help prevent a serious injury.

The magic of young bones compared to older bones on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With over 75% of emergency visits being caused by falls, knowing how bones age is critical. In a trauma situation, those factors come into the decisions the surgeons make.

Behind the curtain in SMH’s Trauma Center on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

What are some of the more common injuries that preset themselves in the trauma unit? How can they repairs the bones? Listen in and find out.

The implantable minature telescope on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Leslie had macular degeneration for years. Since she had no prior surgery to correct it, Sarasota Memorial’s Marc Levy performed Florida’s first implant into a patient’s eye. Listen to the fascinating story!

How Kyphoplasty works and how quickly it relieves back pain on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With the kyphoplasty procedure, the cements used can closely mimic human bone density and strength. And while this procedure can seem like a breakthrough in treatment, the best practice is prevention. Listen in for some tips.

Kyphoplasty and how it helps Compression Factures – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

In most instances, once compression fractures happen, they continue to deteriorate. If the patient’s case allows for the procedure, kyphoplasty is a solution that can provide instant relief from chronic back pain.

Tips on Making a Home Safer from Fall Injuries – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

Clutter, loose rugs and night lights are just some of the tips that can help make your home – or outside – safer. Medications can also put you at risk. Always keep an open conversation with your doctor regarding multiple medications.

Common sense and hidden issues on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

With a physician referral, patients can benefit from the expertise of a  physical or occupational therapist. They can help with getting proper nutrition, regular exercise & teaching good stretching techniques. However, some hidden issues like low protein or dehydration could be discovered, which can lead to more serious injuries in falls.

Falls & How They Occur – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

75% percent of injuries that need more than 24 hours of care, are caused by falls. While some falls occur on the job, falls can also happen due to cluttered homes, medications or even vision changes.

Fall Prevention – on WSRQ’s Health Check with Heidi Godman

When an older person falls, serious injury and even death can occur. And while the repercussions for an older person can be serious, people of all ages need to be aware of how traumatic a fall can be.