Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

Understanding Why Carbon Monoxide Is Dangerous

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that can cause numerous adverse health effects, even death in severe cases. One of the reasons why it’s so dangerous is because it is invisible and odorless. The only way to detect it in your home is with a carbon monoxide detector. This gas sends thousands of people to hospitals each year. In mild cases, this type of poisoning may lead to fatigue, nausea, and dizziness. Severe cases can involve confusion, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and death.

Watch this video to learn more about the dangers of carbon monoxide. This expert explains how it’s carried throughout the body and how homes commonly become affected by carbon monoxide. This expert also recommends installing carbon monoxide detectors on each level of your home.

The entire hospital staff at Mercy Hospital is devoted to ensuring that you and your family receive an exceptional level of patient care. To learn more about our hospital, contact us at (305) 854-4400 to speak with a Registered Nurse or visit us on the Web to view current ER wait times.

The Importance of Emergency Care in Stroke Treatment

When someone suffers a stroke, it means that part of the brain is deprived of much-needed blood flow. Since the brain needs a steady supply of blood and oxygen to survive, getting stroke patients to the hospital quickly is of the utmost importance. When the patient is promptly hospitalized and treated, he or she can enjoy a better recovery with fewer complications. Getting to a hospital right away also enables the doctors at the hospital to administer more effective treatments.

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Effective Treatment Options
Although there are different types of stroke, hospital staff most often diagnose patients with ischemic stroke, which means that the condition is caused by a blood clot. In fact, according to the American Stroke Association, 85 percent of all strokes are ischemic. This is significant because the doctors at the hospital can administer a specific type of treatment for ischemic stroke, known as tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). This treatment is administered intravenously. It works by quickly dissolving the blood clot to restore blood flow to the brain. However, in most patients, this treatment must be given within three hours. Certain patients may receive it up to four and a half hours after suffering a stroke. The sooner a stroke patient gets to the hospital, the more likely it is that he or she can receive this treatment.

Fast Restoration of Blood Flow
Within a mere matter of minutes of being deprived of oxygen, the cells in the brain begin to die off. Thereafter, a staggering number of nerve cells in the brain can die during each minute that blood flow is blocked. Since the brain can’t regenerate these lost nerve cells, it is especially critical that treatment be administered as soon as possible.

Reduced Risk of Complications
With prompt treatment, the patient is less likely to experience debilitating and lasting complications. These complications often include communication challenges, emotional issues, movement difficulties, and behavioral changes.

The skilled team members of the Primary Stroke Center at Mercy Hospital can react quickly during medical emergencies to save lives. For more information about our hospital services and staff, call our Miami hospital at (305) 854-4400 to speak with a Registered Nurse.

Recognizing the Subtle Warning Signs of Stroke

Body language is an essential component of communication. It can tell you when someone is sad or upset, and it can also tell you if someone is having a stroke. For example, if a person’s smile droops on one side or one arm drifts downward when both arms are raised, stroke is likely. A stroke can lead to debilitating complications; the sooner a patient arrives at a hospital, the better the outcome will be.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, another potential symptom of a stroke is speech difficulties. Stroke can also cause sudden, severe headache, trouble walking, and loss of balance. This video explains a useful acronym to help you remember the classic signs of a stroke.

The emergency department at Mercy Hospital provides swift medical treatment for stroke patients. You can reach our hospital, conveniently located in Miami-Dade County, by calling (305) 854-4400. 

What You Need to Know About Type 2 Diabetes

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When you eat, your body releases insulin, a hormone produced in the pancreas. Insulin stabilizes the levels of glucose—or sugars—in your blood by ushering these sugars into your cells to be used as energy. If you have type 2 diabetes, your body has trouble using insulin and your glucose levels cannot stabilize properly. Fortunately, you can work with your hospital to assemble a diabetes care team. Your team will work with you to manage your diabetes and help you learn more about the disease.

Contributing Factors
There are controllable factors that elevate an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Weight is the most significant risk factor because fatty tissues increase your cell’s resistance to the effects of insulin. The good news is that if you are overweight, losing weight will help you lower your risk of diabetes. If you already have diabetes, your care team will likely advise you to lose weight to help manage your condition better. You might also wish to consider checking for a bariatric weight loss program at the hospital. Other controllable risk factors include a lack of physical activity. Some uncontrollable risk factors include your family history and age. After age 45, you may be at a higher risk of diabetes.

Typical Symptoms
The symptoms that can indicate diabetes may develop gradually. They can include increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, and weight loss. Fatigue, slow-healing wounds, and blurry vision are other possible symptoms.

Possible Complications
The diabetes care team at your local hospital will likely discuss the potential complications of diabetes with you. These complications may occur if your blood sugar is poorly controlled over a long period of time. With diabetes, you’re at an increased risk of heart disease, blood vessel disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. Diabetes may also cause damage to the kidneys, eyes, nerves, and feet.

At Mercy Hospital, you’ll find comprehensive healthcare services and physicians dedicated to helping you stay healthy and happy. Miami-Dade County’s only acute care hospital offers support for those with diabetes. To find out more information, or to learn more about physicians in your area, call us at (305) 854-4400. 

HCA Supports the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.

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