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    Signs of a Pediatric Emergency

    Last updated 14 hours ago

    Youngsters are prone to developing sniffles, so a runny nose isn’t generally something parents should be highly concerned about. However, if a child develops other symptoms such as a high fever and stiff neck, parents should seek emergency care. Other alarming symptoms such as generalized weakness and a persistent or severe headache should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.

    Sometimes, vomiting and diarrhea are medical emergencies. If your child suffers from persistent vomiting or diarrhea, he or she could be at risk of dehydration, which can be potentially life-threatening if left untreated. Another reason to take your child to emergency care is the presence of a widespread rash that does not turn white when pressed. If a rash does not blanch, it could indicate a medical emergency such as sepsis or meningitis, especially if the child also has a fever.

    Oak Hill Hospital is proud to offer a dedicated Pediatric Emergency Care Center for “ouch-less” emergency care. Families throughout Brooksville can call us at (352) 398-4240 for general questions about our ER.

    Recognizing Medical Emergencies

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Would you know how to respond to a medical emergency? Though no one can anticipate when or how a medical crisis may occur, it’s important to understand what constitutes a health emergency and where to seek help in the event that one happens. Oak Hill Hospital encourages all residents in the greater Brooksville area to become familiarized with conditions that require ER assistance.

    Severe Skin Burns

    Burns can result from liquid, electrical, and chemical sources. First degree burns may cause redness and pain. Second degree burns can produce similar symptoms, but they may lead to blisters as well. Should a first or second degree burn be small enough, they may not require emergency care. However, a third degree burn, which can damage nerve endings, demands ER help. Large second degree burns may also necessitate ER treatment if they cover regions such as the extremities or face.

    Poison Ingestion

    An accidental poisoning can cause severe gastrointestinal pain, organ damage, and even death if emergency care is not sought for it. Such circumstances can arise from the ingestion of medications, household cleaners, or toxic plants. Especially when a parent suspects that his child has consumed a poisonous substance, it’s important to consult an ER professional. In some cases, the contents of the patient’s stomach may need to be removed to avoid potentially fatal consequences.

    Respiration Issues

    Healthy breathing is essential to a person’s well-being. When the lungs cannot take in enough air, the rest of the body is denied the oxygen it needs to properly function. In just minutes, a loss of oxygen to the brain can result in extensive and permanent brain damage. Should a friend or family member complain of breathing issues, which can develop in response to an allergen, heart attack, or throat obstruction, emergency care is necessary to restore respiration function as soon as possible.

    Oak Hill Hospital can make sure that you or your loved one receives the swift, comprehensive ER attention you need. We also provide a wide range of other healthcare options for the residents of Oak Hill and Brooksville. For more information on how our team of medical professionals can address your needs, call us at (352) 398-4240.

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    What Is a Herniated Disk?

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Back pain and dysfunction can develop from any number of conditions. A sports injury might cause muscle strain. Osteoporosis can lead to a vertebral fracture. Another common reason for back discomfort is disk herniation. If you suspect that you have a herniated disk, the orthopedic experts at Oak Hill Hospital can address your pain and movement problems.

    Why It Happens

    Disk herniation can result from a sudden traumatic event such as a car accident. It can also happen when the back continually suffers from excessive weight or repetitive activities. When an intervertebral disc cannot withstand these forces, its soft core can bulge beyond its outer surface.

    How It Presents

    The effect of a herniated disk may differ in each person who suffers from this problem. Some people may experience disk herniation yet never know it unless an X-ray or other imaging device shows it. However, many individuals with this condition suffer considerable pain. This discomfort often develops because the herniation presses on nearby nerves. If the damaged disc can no longer buffer the shock that outside forces may place upon its surrounding vertebrae, pain may increase. Reduced range of motion can also occur.

    What Orthopedic Treatment Can Do

    Individuals with sudden, acute pain or chronic back discomfort may want to seek the help of an orthopedic expert. An orthopedist can first administer the proper diagnostic tests to determine if a herniated disk is the source of the problem. If a disk herniation is found, he can then recommend a course of treatment for it. Rest, lifestyle changes, and medication can sometimes alleviate the pain and back dysfunction that some herniation patients may experience. Physical therapy can also help individuals improve their back health. For severe herniated disks, surgery can remove the damaged disc and reinforce the stability of the vertebrae on either side of it.

    Oak Hill Hospital has the healthcare resources you need to enjoy the quality of life you want. To schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists, call (352) 398-4240. You can also use our website to find out more about our complete services for those living in Oak Hill and Brooksville. 


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