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    What to Expect in Our ICU

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Sometimes, patients who visit Memorial Hospital of Tampa require special care and monitoring. Our community hospital offers a 12-bed intensive care unit (ICU) for patients who are critically ill. When you’re hospitalized in our ICU, you’ll work with a multidisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other professionals, who will develop a treatment plan that suits your needs. The entire team at our community hospital treats each patient with the utmost in respect and compassion.

    Patients who are critically ill need close monitoring. Our hospital has state-of-the-art patient monitoring technology that constantly evaluates vital signs and immediately alerts a staff member if the patient’s condition changes. Our ICU team is capable of responding promptly to any changes. They are supported by our electronic medical records system, which enables physicians to instantly evaluate a patient’s information from any secured access point.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa has been providing comprehensive healthcare services to residents of the South Tampa area since 1972. You can learn more about our ICU and our other hospital departments by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.

    Find Out How Memorial Hospital of Tampa Can Help You Achieve Better Vision

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The ophthalmology department at Memorial Hospital of Tampa is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient care. When you visit our hospital, you’ll work with some of the best eye doctors available. Our ophthalmology department features the latest equipment to improve surgical outcomes for our patients.

    You can learn more about the ophthalmology department at our hospital by watching this video. You’ll hear a patient describe how much better she sees now that she’s had cornea surgery at our hospital, and you’ll hear a doctor discuss the standards of excellence at our department.

    Residents of the Tampa area can learn more about procedures to improve vision by meeting with an ophthalmologist at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. If you have any general questions about the services available at our community hospital, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.

    Examining the Symptoms and Risk Factors of Psychosis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    An individual who is suffering from psychosis experiences a break with reality. Sometimes, psychosis may be short-lived or intermittent, or it may arise from a chronic mental health condition such as schizophrenia. Psychosis can be very confusing and perhaps even frightening to the patient. If you suspect your loved one has suffered a loss of contact with reality, it’s important to bring him or her to a community hospital right away. At the hospital, a behavioral health specialist can examine your loved one and recommend a treatment plan.

    Possible Risk Factors

    Researchers in mental health units at community hospitals are still exploring the potential risk factors of psychosis. It is believed that a range of environmental triggers may interact with a genetic predisposition toward psychosis to trigger the first episode. These environmental factors may include sleep deprivation, significant stress, substance use, and head trauma. Psychosis may arise from a mental health disorder, such as schizophrenia.

    Early Warning Signs

    Individuals who suffer from psychosis often develop early warning symptoms prior to the break with reality. Family members often note that the individual experiences a period of social withdrawal, lack of interest in peer groups, and a lack of motivation. The individual may exhibit worsening self-care or hygiene, and he or she may display paranoia. Spending more time alone, discussing unusual new ideas, experiencing strange feelings, and having trouble concentrating are all warning signs of psychosis.

    Later Warning Signs

    Later, you may notice that your loved one displays disorganized thinking patterns, such as rapidly changing the subject of conversation. Depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts or actions are common, in addition to a reduced ability to function normally. Delusions and hallucinations are hallmarks of psychosis; these refer to false beliefs and seeing, hearing, or smelling something that is not real.

    If your loved one is experiencing mental health challenges such as psychosis, help is available for your family at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. The Adult Behavioral Health Unit at our community hospital in South Tampa uses a multidisciplinary approach to provide compassionate treatment. We encourage you to get the help your loved one needs by connecting with the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    What Are Cataracts?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Cataracts are a common eye condition often associated with aging. Over time, the clear lens of your eye becomes cloudy as proteins inside the lens clump together. Because the lens of your eye is responsible for focusing incoming light inside the eye, a cloudy lens can cause your vision to become dim or blurred. You can learn more about cataracts and how they form by watching this short video.

    You don’t need to suffer from poor vision caused by cataracts—call (813) 873-6400 for a referral to the ophthalmology team at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. We treat a wide variety of eye problems, including cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal tears or detachments. If you’d like more information about eye conditions and their treatment, please visit our website to explore our hospital’s online health library.

    Health Risks to Look Out for this Summer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Summertime is a season associated with hours of outdoor fun for the entire family. However, it’s also important to be aware of potential health risks while you enjoy fun in the Tampa sun. Your Tampa hospital’s ER is open 24/7 to assist with medical emergencies at any time of night or day.

    Dehydration

    Dehydration occurs when your body loses more fluid than it takes in. This condition can easily occur on hot summer days when your body sweats. While mild dehydration may only cause discomfort, such as headaches and lethargy, severe dehydration is a serious medical emergency that requires treatment at a hospital. Dehydration can happen at any time, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Make sure to bring plenty of water with you when you visit the beach, go hiking, and take part in other outdoor activities this summer. Drinking plenty of fluids throughout the day will help you prevent dehydration.

    Sunburn

    Solar radiation can reach the Earth whether it is sunny, cloudy, hot, or cold. However, sunburns are more likely during the summer because you are more likely to spend long hours outdoors in the sun. Sunburns can cause pain, blistering, and peeling of the skin, but are not usually a major medical emergency. However, repeated sunburns can put you at risk for skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Always wear a sunscreen product with SPF 15 or higher when spending time outdoors. Make sure to reapply sunscreen every one to two hours to ensure continued coverage. If you do get sunburned, over-the-counter medication can help to relieve pain and inflammation. Aloe vera or hydrocortisone cream can soothe skin irritated by overexposure to the sun.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa wants you and your family to enjoy a healthy, happy summer this year. We are here to serve our Tampa community with a full spectrum of medical services including digestive health, wound care, surgical services, and emergency care. Please call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (813) 873-6400 or click through our website to learn more about our community hospital.




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