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A Patient Guide to Managing Pain during a Hospitalization

We all know what pain feels like, but communicating how much discomfort we are experiencing can be much easier said than done, especially in the hospital setting. Pain is different for everyone. Pain can be acute, typically sharp and sudden, or chronic, which persists over a period of time – weeks, months and even years. Pain that may be unbearable to one person may be mild to another. While we are our own best judge of pain, BSA doctors, nurses and staff are trained to work with patients to more accurately identify and communicate their pain level to help manage it as soon as possible.

Protection from Zika and Mosquito-borne Illnesses

Concern continues to build as The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a recent report that more than 300 people in the United States have contracted the Zika virus, 31 of those being pregnant women. However, the vast majority of those cases are travel-associated cases with only locally acquired cases in Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) reports 31 cases in Texas including one pregnant woman.

Exceeding Expectations of a Hospital Stay

“I am a very active person,” shares Doris Smith, 77. She and her husband, Phillip, live on Sunshine Ranch 25 miles outside of Amarillo, TX. “The ranch has been in my family for more than 100 years.”  While Phillip feeds and cares for the cattle, Doris can also be found out on their property checking a first-time heifer about to calf. In addition to keeping up the farmhouse, Doris also volunteers in her community and for her church. She was on her way home from working at the primary election Tuesday, March 1, when she started to feel ill.

What are our biggest obstacles to eating healthy?

When was the last time you ate fast food? When was the last time you ate a healthy meal prepared at home? Is one of those questions more difficult to answer? March is National Nutrition Month and we’re taking a closer look at the obstacles to eating a healthy diet. BSA Clinical Nutrition Manager, Amanda Ast, MS, RD/LD says there are two major forces at play – lack of planning and too many available foods.

The Conversation to Have with Your Doctor after a Heart Attack

This year, an estimated 735,000 Americans will have a heart attack. It will be a first heart attack for more than 500,000 of those people. Navigating life after a heart attack can be filled with anxiety, uncertainty and questions. “Patients that have suffered a heart attack are at an increased risk for having another heart attack within the first couple of months,” shares Theresa King, RN, cardiac rehab nurse with the AACVPR-certified BSA cardiac rehabilitation program.

One Woman’s Message after Surviving Heart Attacks

“I was supposed to take pictures at a wedding,” shares Amarillo photographer, Cissy Burch, 51. “But I didn’t know if I would be able to get out there.” Cissy looked through the window at the frozen landscape outside of her home. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and, though not usually a busy wedding day, it was the date one couple set for their nuptials as most of their family would be together following the holiday. “We had an ice storm and they said on the news, ‘Unless it is an emergency don’t get out.’”

BSA Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Certified by Industry Leader

BSA Health System is proud to announce the certification of its BSA Cardiac Rehabilitation program by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). BSA Cardiac Rehab was recognized for its commitment to improving the quality of life by enhancing standards of care.

Ovarian Cancer Care At Home

Sydna Hamilton, 65, lives and works on a farm. Staying active is not only a choice, it is part of her lifestyle. However, she started to notice something was a little off. “When I climbed the stairs, I began to notice I was tired,” Sydna says. “That’s the only difference I had seen in my health.” At her upcoming routine well-woman appointment, her gynecologist, Dr. Stephen Griffin, noticed something also. Her right ovary was enlarged and her blood work showed elevated CA 125, a protein known as a tumor biomarker. “I needed to have a hysterectomy.”

Diabetes Diagnosis Wake up Call for Weight Loss

Throughout her adult life, Genia James struggled to control her weight. She tried many different diets with some success, but found they would only work in the short term. Prior to her weight loss surgery, she had been diagnosed as insulin-dependent diabetic. This diagnosis served as a wake up call and a strong motivator for her to seek out help.

New Pharmacy Programs Aim to Avoid Medication Errors

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), medication non-compliance is the number one cause of readmissions to hospitals. One study showed that more than half of patients at hospitals nationwide had an error in their medications, such as the wrong drug, the wrong dosage, the wrong frequency, or a potentially dangerous interaction with another drug.

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