Swedish Medical Center | Swedish Cares | Issue 3

2 Swedish Cares • Issue 3 Swedish Cares is published by Swedish Medical Center to provide general health information. It is not intended to provide personal medical advice, which should be obtained directly from a healthcare provider. Models may be used in photos and illustrations. 2019 © Coffey Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. Why this issue is devoted to women From the president’s desk All of us at Swedish Medical Center remain strong in our commitment to providing excellent healthcare to women and the ones they love. In fact, this devotion to meeting the needs of women can be found throughout our entire HealthONE healthcare system. Why? Because we know that you’re often the greatest advocate of healthcare for your family. Many times you’re also the greatest caregiver—of your partner, children or grandchildren or your aging parents. In other words, women are some of the strongest people we know. And we are here to support you. If you have a healthcare need or question, we hope you will call our HealthONE Strong line at 303-374-0777 to talk to a nurse or schedule a doctor’s appointment for yourself or your family. And we hope you will read this issue of Swedish Cares . It’s devoted to you. Inside you’ll discover some of the women’s healthcare services offered at Swedish. We spotlight our comprehensive care for women at high risk of pregnancy complications, as well as our excellent breast cancer services. And you’ll read about some of the women in our community who’ve been patients at Swedish. One woman went from ankle ligament reconstruction to finishing a half marathon. Her hard work and training—and the excellent skills of her Swedish OrthoONE surgeon—were key components in her strong recovery. We know you’ll be just as inspired as we are by their personal journeys. Wishing you the best, Richard Hammett, President and CEO Our devotion to meeting the needs of women can be found throughout our entire HealthONE healthcare system. Visit HealthONEStrong.com t o learn more. As a parent, the instinct to protect and help your child kicks in whenever your youngster is injured or ill. And most times you know just what to do. You might treat your child’s minor issues yourself or call your child’s doctor if something seems a little more serious. You’ve got that down pat. But what’s often less clear is knowing when a situation is severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room (ER). Know when to go To be sure, you should get your child to the nearest ER any time you think your child has an injury or sickness that is life-threatening. It is usually safest to call 911 rather than drive your child to the ER. But when should you make that call? What follows isn’t a complete list of emergency signs and symptoms. But it does include some of the most common ones in kids. For example, it is very likely an emergency if your child: + + Has severe pain or pain that is getting worse. + + Suddenly shows strange behaviors or becomes very quiet and less alert. + + Passes out or doesn’t wake up or respond to your voice. + + Has a seizure. + + Has trouble breathing. + + Has skin or lips that look purple, blue or gray. + + Has a fever plus a stiff neck. + + Has a large or deep cut. + + Has bleeding that doesn’t stop after pressure is applied for five minutes. + + Has a large burn. + + Loses consciousness, seems confused, has a headache or vomits after a head injury. ➤ ➤ DISCOVER MORE To learn more about our Swedish ER services for children and adults, visit SwedishHospital.com/er . When to take your child to the emergency department Stay or go?