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    Top Tips for Senior Health

    Last updated 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    There’s no reason to slow down when you reach your senior years. If you make an effort to live a healthy lifestyle, you can stay on the go for years to come. Part of staying healthy means seeking out the healthcare services you need when you need them. For instance, if you’re worried about your heart health, ask your primary care doctor to refer you to a cardiac specialist. Make sure your senior years are your best ones yet by following these healthy tips.

    Stay Engaged Socially

    As you get older, it is easy to withdraw from social circles. This is especially true after you retire or after the loss of a loved one. However, staying engaged socially is one of the best things you can do for your physical and emotional health. Interacting with others will help you beat depression, keep your mind sharp, and get more physical activity. Keep in close contact with family and friends, and widen your social circle by volunteering or taking a class. If isolation and loneliness set in, talk to your doctor. You may be experiencing depression.

    Eat Healthy

    It’s natural for your appetite to decline as you age, but it’s important to get the right amount of nutritious foods. Eat a diet that is rich in whole grains, lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Beat dehydration by drinking about eight glasses of water daily, even if you don’t feel as thirsty as you used to. Save sugary or high-fat foods for treats. If you’re struggling with your appetite and not getting the nutrition you need, talk to your doctor about meal replacements and supplements.

    Manage Medical Conditions

    If you do have a chronic medical condition, work hard to manage it. Follow your doctor’s care plan for cardiac conditions, diabetes, or whatever other condition you may have. If your treatments aren’t giving you the relief you need, speak to your doctor about changes.

    Make Trident Health your partner for good health during your senior years. Our cancer care, chest pain center, stroke center, and orthopedic care services are nationally recognized. Find out more about how we can help you achieve your best health by calling (843) 227-6062.

    Heart Care at Trident Medical Center

    Last updated 3 days ago

    When a heart problem strikes, you can’t compromise on care. At Trident Health our entire cardiology team offers cutting-edge, compassionate care when you and your loved ones need it most. As accredited chest pain centers and certified primary stroke centers, Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center are on call 24/7.

    Watch this video to hear two patients’ stories about overcoming cardiac emergencies with the help of Trident Medical Center. The fast intervention of our ER and cardiology teams restored their health and gave them new leases on life.

    For all your health care needs, from emergency care to robotic surgery, trust Trident Health. The American Heart Association, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the Joint Commission have all recognized Trident’s cardiology team. Learn more about Trident Health by calling (843) 277-6062.

    Trident Breast Care Center Named South Carolina's Only Center of Excellence

    Last updated 3 days ago

    N. Charleston, S.C. / July 22, 2014  Trident Breast Care Center has recently been recognized as a Certified Quality Breast Center of Excellence in the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers Program™ (NQMBC™). This distinguished honor represents a commitment by this breast center to provide the highest level of quality breast health care to patients in their community. Trident Breast Care Center is the only facility in the state of South Carolina, and just one of twenty-seven in the United States, to achieve this level of certification.

    Measuring and comparing quality performance is essential in assessing patient care and allocating resources where improvement is desired. In today's dynamic health care industry, breast centers are faced with providing quality care while simultaneously keeping costs under control. A center's staff must not only be familiar with existing standards of care, but must also be aware of new advances in technology.

    Trident Breast Care Center actively ensures they provide the best possible quality care to breast patients in their community. Trident Breast Care Center provides women of the Lowcountry the most advanced technology available, backed by a compassionate staff of professionals who understand the needs and concerns of women. Their team pairs quality service with a beautiful, peaceful and supportive setting. The superb group of board certified mammography radiologists, registered technologists, and staff are privileged to provide patients with excellent service and care. Their Nurse Navigator provides patients with helpful information and education on their specific breast cancer, along with guidance and support throughout their treatment plan.

    The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ were developed by referencing the Health Care Advisory Board's Clinical Quality Dash Board for breast centers published in the fall of 2004. The National Quality Measures for Breast Centers™ reflect more than five years of work, which has culminated in the adoption of more than 33 National Quality Indicators™. The National Consortium of Breast Centers promotes excellence in breast health care for the general public through a network of diverse professionals dedicated to the active exchange of ideas and resources.

    It serves as an informational resource and provides support services to those rendering care to people with breast diseases through educational programs, newsletters, a national directory and patient forums. It encourages professionals to concentrate and specialize in activities related to breast disease and encourages the development of programs and centers that address breast disease and promote breast health. It facilitates collaborative research opportunities on issues of breast health; and developed a set of core measures to define, improve and sustain quality standards in breast health care programs and for quality performance in all types of breast health care facilities.

    For more information regarding the NQMBC™ Program, visit www.breastcare.org.

    Trident Health is an HCA hospital system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety. In 2013, Trident Health provided almost $50 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed over $30 million in taxes. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000. 

    Types of Wounds Treated at Our Advanced Wound Care Center

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Though the human body is resilient in many ways, it can also be very vulnerable. It doesn’t take much to puncture the skin, and a seemingly minor wound can become serious in a short amount of time. The Advanced Wound Care Centers at Trident Health are fully equipped to treat a wide range of wounds and prevent unnecessary complications.   

    Ulcers

    An ulcer is a type of internal or external sore that is recurring or has difficulty healing. Many ulcers occur in the stomach as a result of imbalanced digestive fluids. Ulcers can also form on the skin as a result of persistent friction, or in the blood vessels as a result of malfunctioning valves. Our medical professionals have special methods for healing certain kinds of ulcers.

    Traumatic Wounds

    If left untreated, a traumatic wound may allow dangerous pathogens to enter your system, or your wound could become infected. Whether you suffer a wound caused by a traffic accident or a fall, our Advanced Wound Care Centers can provide prompt treatment and sterile bandages.

    Non-Healing Wounds

    There are some wounds that don’t seem to heal properly. People with diabetes have a particularly difficult time with wounds that are slow to heal. People who undergo surgery are sometimes worried that their incision sites aren’t healing quickly enough. Regardless of the nature of your wound, we can take steps to ensure that it heals properly.

    Complex Wounds

    Some wounds occur beneath the skin, making them very difficult to treat at home. If you suffer a soft-tissue wound or another kind of complex wound, the medical professionals at Trident Health can provide the treatment you need. In some cases we use hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which aids healing by increasing the amount of oxygen in the system.

    You can speak with a Trident Health medical professional by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (843) 277-6062. We provide Charleston-area patients with a wide range of healthcare services, including wound care, heart care, and cancer care. We also offer emergency services for traumatic injuries.

    What to Do After a Burn Injury

    Last updated 10 days ago

    There are many ways you might suffer a burn in your own home. For example, you could burn yourself on the stove while cooking, or while attempting to fix your furnace. But not all burns are related to heat: some burns are caused by exposure to chemicals like strong acids, paint thinner, gasoline or lye. Electrical currents also are the cause of many serious burns.

    Remember:  If your burn is causing significant pain, or if it covers a large part of your body, call 911.  It is important to seek treatment as quickly as possible.

    If you suffer a minor burn, hold the burn under cool running water for about 10 minutes. Next, cover the burned area with sterile gauze. A bandage will protect your burn from airborne particles and facilitate healing. If your burn is causing minor pain, take ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or another over-the-counter pain reliever. Do not put ice directly on your burn, and do not break your burn blisters.

    Trident Health offers emergency care 24/7 at Trident Medical Center, Summerville Medical Center and Moncks Corner Medical Center. Our Joseph M. Still Burn Clinic is the only burn clinic in the Lowcountry that offers outpatient treatment of burn injuries for patients of all ages. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (843) 277-6062 if you have any questions.

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