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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Emergency Care
Philanthropist, humanitarian and a grateful South Shore Hospital patient, Marita Carpenter is an exemplar of community spirit whose extraordinary generosity and commitment to the mission of South Shore Health System has been steadfast over the years.
As former President of the Social Service League of Cohasset, Marita advocated for senior citizens, teens and families in crisis. Through the league’s mission of identifying and assisting disadvantaged individuals of all age groups within the community, Marita has directly helped hundreds of people in need.
What should you do and who should you call when when your child is sick or injured? This is a question faced every day by parents. Do I call the pediatrician? Do I bring my child to an urgent care facility? Should I go directly to the Emergency Department (ED) or call 911?
First of all, trust your instincts as a parent. If your child has what you think may be a life-threatening condition, then the ED is the place to be.
Nearly 12 percent of babies born in the United States are born prematurely. In addition to advanced medical interventions and medicines, these tiny babies benefit from the protective properties of breast milk to stave off certain types of infections. However, sometimes moms can’t provide their babies with enough breast milk, which is why breast milk donations are so important.
South Shore Hospital has partnered with Mother’s Milk Bank Northeast to open a human milk depot— a community location where screened donors who have more breast milk than their own babies need can drop off donations for shipment to a milk bank—providing a precious resource for families so premature infants can grow and thrive.
“The decision to become a donation site was an easy one,” said John Fiascone, MD, Medical Director of South Shore Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). “Breast milk, while important for all babies, is particularly important for those babies who are born prematurely. Some of the benefits include protection against infection, better developmental outcomes, and reduced stress.”
We all know of or have a parent, a grandparent or a loved one who isn’t so steady on their feet anymore. The truth is, approximately one-third of all people over the age of 65 fall each year, and half of people over age 80 fall at least once a year.
Falls among older adults are the leading cause of non-fatal trauma, accounting for 2.4 million visits to emergency departments every year. Falls can cause life changing injuries, such as broken bones or head injuries, with about one-in-five falls resulting in these types of serious injuries. And sadly, half of patients admitted to a nursing home to recover from a fall-related injury will never return to independent living.
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.
(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. Fallon’s journey is a perfect example of people, caregivers and excellence in medicine being brought together "As One")
Spirited Fallon Keating didn’t realize a typical evening of outdoor fun last summer would lead to a near fatal head injury.
Fallon rode her bicycle that warm summer evening with friends when she accidentally collided with another child, falling from her bike and scraping her hand. Rachel Keating, Fallon’s mom, immediately brought her daughter inside to clean her scraped hand, not noticing any other unusual bumps, bruises or signs of injury.