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    How to Prepare for Your Imaging Appointment

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Your doctor may request imaging scans for diagnostic purposes or to assist in treatment planning. It’s always a good idea to call your community hospital ahead of your appointment to learn what to do to prepare for it. Different types of imaging scans can require different preparations. In general, however, you should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. It’s best to avoid wearing jewelry, hairpins, or other metallic objects. Certain objects, such as dentures, may need to be removed immediately prior to the scan.

    Before having your test, inform the technologist of any medical conditions you may have. Let him or her know if you could be pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Inform the technologist of any allergies, including allergies to shellfish, x-ray contrast, and iodine. For certain types of imaging tests, you may need to refrain from eating or drinking for a period of time. If so, inform the doctor if you’re diabetic.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, our diagnostic imaging team is committed to using the lowest possible dose of radiation to improve patient safety. Residents of Tampa and the surrounding areas can call (813) 873-6400 with questions about our community hospital.

    How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Protect Your Eye Health

    Last updated 4 years ago

    The next time you visit your community hospital, consider talking to your doctor about your lifestyle choices. Leading a healthy lifestyle can protect your eyes in addition to the rest of your body. To reduce your risk of eye diseases, it’s important to avoid smoking and to protect your eyes from UV rays with sunglasses. Other ways of maintaining your eye health include staying at a healthy weight and eating a colorful array of fruits and vegetables.

    For more healthy tips on safeguarding your vision, watch this video. This expert explains how managing certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, can also protect your eyes.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa in Florida, you’ll find a range of patient education and support initiatives, including support groups and classes on healthy living provided by our community hospital. For more information on hospital services, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.

    Understanding Diabetic Ketoacidosis

    Last updated 4 years ago

    After you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important to work closely with the care team at your community hospital to understand how to manage your condition. When diabetes is poorly managed, you’ll be at an increased risk of many different health complications, including diabetic ketoacidosis. Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening condition that requires a prompt visit to your community hospital’s emergency room.

    Understanding the Causes

    Diabetic ketoacidosis is caused by a high blood glucose level. The body begins to use fat for energy instead of glucose because there isn’t enough insulin. Acids are a byproduct of the breakdown of fats. These acids build up in the bloodstream and are detectable as ketones in the urine. Diabetes care teams at community hospitals most often see diabetic ketoacidosis in individuals with type 1 diabetes, although it can occur in those with type 2 diabetes that is poorly controlled. It may also occur when an individual is becoming ill.

    Identifying the Symptoms

    The early symptoms of this condition include frequent urination, excessive thirst, and dry mouth. High blood glucose and high ketone levels are detectable. Later, other symptoms develop, such as fatigue, flushed skin, difficulty breathing, and a fruity odor on the breath. Individuals may suffer from confusion, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

    Checking for Ketones

    The diabetic care team at your local hospital can give you instructions for checking for ketones in your urine. This is done using a test strip. You should check for ketones if your blood glucose is over 240 mg/dL or if you become ill.

    Going to the Hospital

    If you have high levels of ketones, have someone drive you to the hospital. The physician can administer intravenous fluids and insulin to reverse diabetic ketoacidosis. Severe cases of this condition may require treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU).

    If you think you could have diabetic ketoacidosis, don’t delay seeking medical help at a community hospital. Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides swift emergency response to individuals suffering from urgent medical situations and we offer an on-site intensive care unit (ICU). Families in South Tampa can learn more about diabetes management by calling our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.

    Examining Our Home Care Services

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Individuals in the Tampa area who need help at home, yet do not require hospitalization, can take advantage of the unique home care program offered by Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Palms Home Care provides the same medical services your doctor would prescribe if you were in our hospital, yet you won’t need to leave the comforts of home. Medicare, Medicaid, and most insurance plans cover home care, and our experts will coordinate the billing for you.

    The home care services available from our community hospital encompass nursing aide care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and infusion therapy. You can receive nutritional guidance, wound care, diabetes care, and even behavioral health services at home. Should you require specialized medical equipment or medical supplies, our caring professionals can make the arrangements for you and ensure you understand how to use it properly.

    Families throughout Tampa can visit the website of Memorial Hospital of Tampa for more information about our home care services. You can also contact our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia: Know the Difference

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the diabetes care team at your community hospital can help you understand your condition. You’ll need to learn terms such as “hyperglycemia” and “hypoglycemia.” Hyperglycemia occurs when your blood glucose levels are too high. This can occur if you’re stressed out, if you ate too much, if you exercised too little, or if you haven’t used enough insulin. Hypoglycemia is the opposite problem. It occurs when your blood sugar levels are too low. It may be a side effect of your diabetes medications or it may be caused by not eating enough.

    You can learn more about diabetes management by watching this video. You’ll hear about the symptoms of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, and you’ll watch what this mom does to address hypoglycemia in her son.

    The care team at Memorial Hospital of Tampa can help you learn how to live well with diabetes. Families in the South Tampa area are invited to call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 with any questions they may have.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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