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Avoid frostbite during extreme cold temperatures this week

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 29, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Exposure to extreme cold for a long time can damage your skin and the tissues underneath. That damage is called frostbite, and it’s the most common freezing injury. Frostbite doesn’t just hurt, it can lead to dangerous health consequences if not caught and treated in time. With the arrival of colder temperatures, it's the start of another frostbite season and it's important to take steps to avoid frostbite.

Prevention is the easiest way to avoid frostbite.

Any part of your body can suffer from frostbite, but your extremities – hands, feet, nose, and ears – are the most at risk. The most common contributors to frostbite are wet clothing, exposure to high winds, and poor blood circulation. Blood flow may be restricted due to things you can control such as:

  • Tight clothing or boots.
  • Sitting or crouching in a cramped position.
  • Smoking or alcohol use.

Poor circulation is also an issue for people who take beta-blocker medications or who have medical conditions that affect the blood vessels, such as diabetes or Raynaud’s phenomenon.

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Topics: Wellness

Schedule your child's immunizations before school starts

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Aug 7, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Many diseases today are completely avoidable with vaccination. The reason for immunizations against certain diseases is because of the complications the disease can create.

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Topics: Primary Care, Wellness

Not ready to return home? Next steps after a hospital stay

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jul 31, 2018 1:00:00 PM

Returning home following an extended illness, surgery, stroke or trauma isn’t always a straight path, especially if you’re an older adult who may need additional rehabilitation and skilled nursing care before it’s safe to do so. That’s when transitional care (often called a swing bed) services are needed. The goal of transitional care is to help a patient return to his or her previous living situation—whether it be a personal residence, assisted living facility or nursing home. Transitional care can reduce the risk of health complications and hospital readmission if an individual isn’t fully ready and capable to return home.

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Volunteers make a difference every day at Ridgeview

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 24, 2018 2:11:36 PM

National Volunteer Week is April 15-22 and was established by President Richard Nixon by executive order in 1974 as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Every April, charities, hospitals - including Ridgeview - and communities recognize volunteers and foster a culture of service.

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Try 13 tips to beat stress

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Apr 6, 2018 8:07:18 AM

At some point in life, everyone experiences stress - the condition caused by a reaction to physical, chemical, emotional or environmental factors. However, they feel it in different levels and react in different ways.

Constant or chronic stress can cause the body to remain in high gear for extended periods of time, which causes a person's breathing and heart rate to speed up and blood pressure to rise.

While it's unknown if stress itself can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, it may affect other risk factors.

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Kindness, compassion and intuition often influence others to join the health industry and return to Ridgeview

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Mar 27, 2018 1:39:05 PM

The kindness, compassion and intuition Erin Jones experienced as a young patient at Ridgeview Medical Center more than a decade ago inspired her to become a nurse.  In 2017, she had the opportunity to meet the nurse who inspired her, but this time as a peer, together at work.

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Follow these tips to prevent winter falls

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 21, 2018 3:35:27 PM

One of the most common ways to get hurt during winter is falling on the ice. From painful bruises to broken bones or even head injuries, winter falls are a significant concern for people of all ages. But for older-aged adults, slipping and falling can be a year-round health concern. 

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency: What's the difference?

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 13, 2018 1:29:29 PM

What is the difference between the treatment you receive in Urgent Care vs. Emergency Care? Why is Urgent Care can sometimes as busy as an Emergency Department? Read the tips below to help you choose the right type of care and the best time to seek it .

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Men's health matters: Be proactive about your health and stay active

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Feb 6, 2018 1:30:50 PM

This is the fifth in a series about Men's Health.

Dean Porter, director, Ridgeview Medical Center Laboratory, has struggled with his family-history-related high blood pressure along with sleep apnea and migraines. His advice to others is if you know you have a family history of medically related conditions, “Get ahead of it, get tested if needed and don’t wait until symptoms start.”  That’s what Porter did eight years ago when he began taking medications for high blood pressure and using a CPAP machine at night to help with his sleep apnea.  “You have to be your own advocate and, if you can’t, find someone who can be an advocate for you.”

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How to dress for cold weather in Minnesota

Posted by Ridgeview Staff on Jan 31, 2018 12:43:07 PM

AdobeStock_72274394.jpegAre you planning to spend time outside during frigid winter temperatures? Remember, weather can quickly change from mild temps to extreme temps. Minnesotans are used to it, but that doesn’t mean you should take it lightly. It’s crucial to pay attention to how you dress for cold weather, for hypothermia prevention and to avoid frostbite. It doesn’t have to be -25o for these problems to affect you.

Hypothermia is serious

The term “hypothermia” means your body is too cold – lower than 95oF (35oC). You can lose the ability to think and move. This can happen so gradually you don’t realize what’s happening to you, or that things have worsened to the point that you need emergency treatment. That’s why hypothermia prevention is critical. You’re at risk in cold weather if you:

  • Don’t wear adequate protective clothing.
  • Wear wet clothing, especially when it’s windy.
  • Fall into a body of water.
  • Are exercising heavily.
  • Are not eating enough or staying hydrated.

Certain people are more vulnerable to hypothermia, those who are:

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Topics: Wellness

Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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