Before I personally became affected by its dreadful presence post-breast cancer treatment, I simply joined the rest of society’s collective yawn in not really concerning myself or knowing much about lymphedema at all. In fact, prior to diagnosis, I had no clue that March was Lymphedema Awareness Month.
At South Shore Health System, we believe teams working together toward a common goal is crucial to providing the exceptional care the people of our region deserve. “As One” encompasses the values we live and work towards every day. Devon's experience is a perfect example of people, caregivers and excellence in medicine being brought together "As One."
Medical trauma always shows how very vulnerable we are, and though we can’t plan when, where or how a trauma will occur — when it does, it requires the most diligent medical team response necessary to achieve the best possible outcome. Devon Marie Carini never expected a casual summer afternoon on her way to Nantasket Beach would drastically impact her life.
The 21-year-old South Shore resident was minutes from the beach when her car was struck in the middle of an intersection. Devon was not wearing a seatbelt that day, and the impact of an airbag deploying without the use of a safety belt often results in traumatic injury.
When Hull Emergency Medical Services (EMS) arrived on the scene, they immediately recognized the need to bring Devon to a Level II trauma center because she appeared to have a significant knee injury and her blood pressure was dangerously low — under 90mm, putting her in a hypotensive state. South Shore Hospital’s Level II Trauma Center assures that the trauma team is always notified by paramedics before a patient arrives, allowing our trauma specialists to get prepared to deliver critical care.
It’s that time of year again. The dog days of summer are no longer and getting out of the variable, laissez-fair approach to summer lunches and back into the swing of a nutritious school routine is on the menu.
It has long been understood that smarter nutrition equates to smarter kids, yet one peek in a school cafeteria and you’ll see it’s getting more and more difficult to expose your child to healthier items. I must admit, the very notion of packing upwards of 180 healthy lunches a year seems daunting, especially if you have a picky eater on hand. But the good news is that there are some straightforward solutions to make school mealtime a nutritious success.