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What You Should Know About Advance Directives

It’s valuable information most people neglect to share: What are your wishes for medical care if you can’t make decisions for yourself?

It can make us uncomfortable to think about these things. But in the event that you are unable to express your wishes, it’s important to guide your loved ones and medical professionals when important decisions about life-sustaining treatment must be made.

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Topics: As One, Primary Care, Emergency Care

The Cardiovascular Center Helps a Marshfield Man Get His (Heart) Rhythm Back

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 12, 2018 8:25:00 AM

Brian Stewart of Marshfield has always been healthy and active. The 31-year-old retired U.S. Army Sergeant and current plumbing foreman was going about his busy day three years ago when out of nowhere he started to feel weak and his heart began pounding uncontrollably.

“It literally felt like my heart was going to come out of my chest,” Brian says.

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Topics: Heart Health, Emergency Care

Jason Tracy, MD on Carfentanil on the South Shore

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 11, 2018 9:55:01 AM

Carfentanil, a dangerously strong synthetic opiate, has been on the radar of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for nearly two years

This substance has found its way to the South Shore, with the state reporting four deaths on the South Shore in 2017.

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Topics: Emergency Care

Boston EMS Veteran Paul Hughes Brings Expertise to South Shore EMS

Posted by South Shore Health System on Apr 4, 2018 8:04:00 AM

There was only one person Paul Hughes had to convince before accepting the EMS Operations Coordinator position at South Shore Health System just last month: his wife, Susan.

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Topics: Emergency Care, South Shore EMS

South Shore Health System Announces Intent to Partner with Health Express

Posted by South Shore Health System on Feb 26, 2018 4:10:35 PM

South Shore Health System and Health Express, one of the leading providers of urgent care on the South Shore, announced last week that they have signed a letter of intent to enter into partnership, bringing cost-effective treatment options for patients with non-life threatening injuries and illnesses. 

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Topics: Emergency Care

What To Do When You Have the Flu

Posted by South Shore Health System on Jan 11, 2018 5:45:16 PM

Flu season is here in full force. Nationwide—and locallyhospital emergency rooms are inundated with patients worried about their illness and seeking relief. 

If you're feelng the effects, should you head to the emergency room?

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Topics: Emergency Care

Physician Perspective: Potential Public Health Risks of Legal Marijuana

Each year, South Shore Hospital sees nearly 100,000 patients, with approximately 20 percent of those being under the age of 21.  We see everything – including the devastating toll opioid and alcohol abuse has taken on our community. This is before increasing the availability of marijuana—another drug that can be abused.

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Topics: Children's Health, Emergency Care

Five Signs Your Child May Need to Visit the Emergency Department

Posted by Megan Hannon, MD, Emergency Medicine, South Shore Hospital on Oct 3, 2017 10:44:00 AM

As an Emergency Department (ED) physician, I know that a trip to the ED is something that all parents dread. It can mean long waits and you may question whether or not an injury or illness warrants an ED visit.

Below are five of the most common issues we see in South Shore Hospital’s ED and some guidance about how to determine when a trip to the ED is warranted, or if it can wait for an appointment with your child’s pediatrician.

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Topics: Children's Health, Emergency Care

Coordinated Care Gets Rockland Boy Back in the Rink

Posted by South Shore Health System on Sep 25, 2017 9:01:00 AM

Ben Romer of Rockland has an athlete’s spirit. He loves hockey, playing for the Bay State Breakers  and loves cheering for the Boston Bruins.

In October 2015, Ben needed that athletic spirit after he suffered a severe bite by a family dog. Ben’s mom, Kristy, brought Ben to South Shore Hospital’s Pediatric Emergency Department. As the team determined how to treat Ben’s bite, Kristy noticed her son was flushed. The team confirmed he had a fever and saw that his hand was swelling. The Trauma team paged John Kadzielski, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and Director of the Division of Hand Surgery at South Shore Hospital, who was on call that day.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Emergency Care, Specialty Care

What to Do When Someone Is Overdosing

Overdoses are a tragic and increasingly common occurrence as the nation, and the South Shore, continues the fight against the opioid epidemic. According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the number of opioid-related EMS transport incidents across the state increased by 22 percent between 2015 and 2016.

It’s important to know how to identify when someone may be overdosing, because those first few moments can be the difference between life and death. Here are some dos and don’ts for untrained bystanders who suspect someone may be experiencing an overdose.

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Topics: Emergency Care

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Welcome to Sharing As One, South Shore Health System’s blog. Our goal is to share regular doses of health news, expert insights to healthy living, wellness tips, and inspiring stories from ordinary people who have overcome extraordinary health challenges. 


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