6 Ways We Specialize Care for Special Needs

28 Apr 2017 Men's Health

It can be extremely difficult to handle a patient with special needs especially when they are in need of urgent medical care. Besides the challenges that come with limited mobility, there is the problem of inadequate facilities and uncooperative staff who are unwilling to help people with special needs. These factors have made many people with special needs to shy away from seeking medical care from emergency rooms. Their earlier experiences in the hands of unprofessional staff make them have a negative perception of emergency rooms but we at Bellaire are working hard to reverse this trend and make people with special need feel at home.
Everyone needs medical care and no one should be discriminated therefore. Here at Bellaire have gone out of the way and have gone out of the way to ensure that people with special needs receive high quality treatment just like everyone else. Here are 6 ways in which Bellaire Emergency Room can meet the special needs of any special needs patient;
Special room for patients with environmental sensitivities
We understand that there are patients who are affected by their surrounding and are perturbed by certain things in the medical sphere. People with environmental sensitivities are often overlooked by most hospitals and emergency rooms because people don’t take their problems seriously. Here at Bellaire, everything is different. We have a special comfortable room with special modifications and adjustments in which the patients with sensitivities can sit and relax with very minimal sensory input. This means that they will feel at home and the treatment will be effective because they are calm and relaxed.
Mobility assistance
When building the ER, we had people with special needs in mind and the design is friendly for people of all categories. Our modern, handicap-accessible facility caters for people with mobility concerns. People aided with service animals are also not left behind because our facility is designed to allow access to all the people with special needs. There is virtually no special need that we haven’t put into consideration here at Bellaire Emergency Room. Whether you have any special need or are bringing someone with special mobility needs, you can rest assured that movement and accessibility around the facility will be extremely easy.
Friendly and cooperative staff
From the physicians to the receptionist, everyone at Bellaire is extremely friendly and will help you if you have any special need to receive the best possible treatment that you deserve. Unlike other hospitals where staff members dread serving people with special needs because of the extra effort and care needed, our staff members relish the opportunity to serve you and leave a positive impact in your life. They are trained on how to handle people with special needs and it is not surprising that the number of patients with special needs visiting our ER each year almost doubles.
Specialist consultations
We have partnered with a number of special needs specialists to make service delivery to people with special needs even better. We know that communication with people with special needs can be sometimes difficult and we have partnered with specialists in the area to enable us understand fully the needs of the patients. This partnership program makes it possible to access and talk to a number of specialists at the emergency room when you need them. This has helped us really improve on the way we deliver services to the people and has helped us widen the scope of our services because more special needs people can comfortably get the help they need without struggling to communicate of pass information across.
Pre-visits to the facility
To help the people with special needs acclimatize with the ER environment, we invite as many of them to visit our facility and take a tour around just to have an idea of the modifications we have made specifically for them. This makes them feel at home and in case they will have to visit the facility in the near future for actual treatment, they will have an easier time moving around and finding the services they need. This pre-visits that we offer have also enabled us to engage more with the people with special needs and understand their needs in depth. This makes us improve our systems and make service delivery to them even better.
Special requests
We have offered room for people with special needs to make special requests regarding treatment and any other special service that they may need while at the ER. Whatever need that a patient has is therefore taken into consideration and if we are able to offer the requested services, then we gladly offer the same.
Visit us today
Don’t be scared of coming to Bellaire if you are a patient with special needs or have a patient with any special needs. We are committed to offering first class care to all the locals and people with special needs are more than welcome here.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Affects Men and Women

Osteoporosis is not reserved for women only.  It is a condition that affects both men and women. However, osteoporosis does tend to appear at different ages when comparing the sexes.  Women tend to be affected after the age of 50 while men tend to be affected between 60 and 75 years of age.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disease that involves the bones. As people age and undergo changes to their bodies the bones become more fragile and more likely to break (fracture). The bones have usually lost density, which is a measure of the calcium and minerals in the bones.

Another way to view the loss of bone density is to think in terms of bone replacement or bone turnover. It is normal for the human body to constantly replace bone and other tissues because of “wear and tear.”  The problem of bone density arises when the body can not replace the “lost” bone fast enough. Then the person experiences thinner and more fragile bones because bone replacement can not match the gradual bone loss.

Women are most affected by osteoporosis when they have a drop in estrogen levels. Estrogen is key to maintaining normal bone densities and when the level drops then so does the bone density. Men tend to experience lower bone densities when their testosterone levels drop significantly – usually between 60 and 75 years.

A Silent Problem

Osteoporosis tends to be a silent problem for people who do not have periodic medical checkups for bone density. Often people experience a relatively simple fall or other injury and incur a broken bone(s). That is the moment they realize that their bone(s) broke far too easily. It is estimated that more than two million broken bones are the result of osteoporosis annually.  It is also estimated that 1 out of 6 people in this country are affected by osteoporosis.

Risk Reduction / Prevention

You may not be able to prevent osteoporosis entirely but you can do a great deal to significantly reduce the risk.  Having a healthy lifestyle is the most important factor in keeping this disease at bay. Regular exercise that includes weights and / or resistance workouts are important.  A healthy diet that includes plenty of calcium, vitamin D, green vegetables, and salmon is also very important. Smoking, alcohol, and sedentary lifestyles should be avoided.

The best advice is to know your body and have regular medical checkups. Listen to your doctor and other medical providers and follow their advice.

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Medical Considerations Before Getting Married

Medical Histories

Love is a beautiful thing that comes in all shapes, sizes, and ways.  And while love is the foundation of marriage, most people understand that there are lots of other components needed like trust, similar values, and compatibility to truly endure the test of time.

That being said, a consideration that is often overlooked or swept under the table prior to getting married is the medical history and physical health of your partner and their family.  These factors can play a major role in your future life together, especially if you plan on having children.

Sexual Health

A happy, healthy sex life is important for all relationships as well as an open dialogue about your sexual past.  It’s beneficial to get tested together for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and talk about anything you or your partner may have acquired before getting together.

This becomes essential if one of you have contracted an incurable STD, such as HIV or herpes.  These lifelong viruses don’t have to be deal breakers, but they can greatly alter your sex life, especially since extra precautions might be needed in the bedroom.

Genetic Testing

Genetics are playing a larger role in families than ever before.  Knowing your family history for disease as well as your partner’s can provide a crystal ball to the future of your own family.

For instance, if you know your family has a history of heart disease, you’d probably try to implement healthy life choices to minimize your chance of heart attack.  With your partner’s understanding and cooperation, this kind of lifestyle will be easier to achieve.

For those planning to have children, knowing your genetic predispositions can give you a helpful assurance into the life of your child.  Carrier testing prior to getting pregnant can tell you if you or your partner have genetic mutations which can lead to life altering diseases for your baby such as cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia.  However, even if you’re at risk, having the recessive mutation is not a guarantee that it will be passed along to your kids.

Unfortunately, medical considerations are rarely a fun or sexy topic to talk about when you’re romantically involved.  But for those wanting to tie the knot, knowing your physical health and history can contribute to a long, happy life together.

Please call or visit our website with any questions.

 

Sexual Health

Sexual Health

defines sexual health as a “state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.”(World Health Organization, 2006a)

Sexual Health Issues

There are many issues involved with sexual health some of them are sexual rights, sex education, sexual safety, sexual orientation, eroticism, gender equality, reproduction, and emotional attachment. However, for the purposes of this blog article I will focus on the treatment of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Latex Condoms will significantly reduce the risk of catching or spreading a sexually transmitted disease. However, it is not a perfect method of protection and some risk still remains.

STDs are caused by parasites, bacteria, or viruses and they are infections that are transmitted from one person to another through sexual activity. Most STDs caused by parasites or bacteria can be treated successfully with antibiotics or other drug. STDs caused by viruses can not be cured but most can be controlled to some degree with treatment.

In general STDs are more problematic for women than men. The symptoms are usually more severe for women than men and pregnant women with an STD might be exposing their unborn children to serious health risks.

Types of Sexually Transmitted Diseases

There are more than twenty recognized STDs affecting people around the world. The most common are listed below.

  • Gonorrhea – caused by bacteria; some people have no symptoms; treated with antibiotics
  • Genital herpes – caused by a virus; some people have no or mild symptoms; can infect babies during childbirth; no cure but some drugs available for treatment
  • Syphilis – caused by bacteria; dangerous to unborn children of pregnant women; easily treated with antibiotics
  • HIV / AIDS – HIV is the virus and AIDs is the most advanced stage of an HIV infection; can infect babies during pregnancy and childbirth; no cure but drugs are available for treatment
  • Trichomoniasis – caused by a parasite; often people have no symptoms; men usually do not have symptoms; treated with antibiotics
  • Chlamydia – caused by bacteria; usually doesn’t cause symptoms; can cause infertility in women; treated with antibiotics
  • HPV – Human Papillomaviruses – caused by common viruses; they result in genital warts; more than 100 types of HPV and about 30 put the individual at risk of cancer

If you think you may have an STD then you should see your doctor or health provider immediately – for your health and your partner’s health.

Prostate Health

How Men Can Improve their Prostate Health

As men get older they experience prostate problems and sometimes prostate cancer. Actually the statistics are shocking – 1 in 6 American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetimes. The good news is that men can lower their risk and improve their prostate health with sensible lifestyle decisions.

Things Men Can’t Control

Family history – if a man has a close male relative with a history of prostate cancer then he is at higher risk
Naturally high testosterone levels – also includes men on testosterone therapy – this is a higher risk factor
Ethnicity – African American men have a higher risk factor than other ethnicities

Things Men Can Control

  • Smoking – quit smoking; smoking will greatly increase your risk factor for prostate and other cancers
  • Alcohol – quit drinking or severely limit your alcohol intake
  • Coffee – limit your daily intake of coffee to one cup per day
  • Exercise – an exercise program will improve your overall health
  • Kegel exercises – these exercises consist of tightening the muscles around the man’s scrotum and anus for a few seconds and then relaxing; 10 repetitions 5 times per day is recommended
  • Weight – maintain a healthy weight throughout your life
  • Diet – consult your doctor and / or a nutritionist; include foods with lycopene such as red peppers and tomatoes; include soy and fish with high levels of omega-3 acids such as tuna and salmon.
  • Doctor Visits – visit your doctor regularly for checkups; it is far better to diagnose any cancer early rather than later

Low Testosterone

What does Low Testosterone mean in Men?

As men become older their testosterone levels decline naturally. What is not clear is the definition of “low testosterone.” Since researchers have to measure this hormone and compare it over time, they have to work with a definition. Most have chosen a level of 250 or 300 nanograms per deciliter or lower as the definition of low testosterone. It should be noted that many men that are considered healthy and without symptoms will have low testosterone levels when tested.

Symptoms of Low Testosterone

Those men who do have low testosterone levels may experience a number of symptoms. These symptoms range from those that are easily recognized to symptoms that are more difficult to analyze over time. Men with VERY low levels of testosterone can experience hot flashes. The most common symptoms are below.

  • Lower Libido
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Decrease in Bone Density
  • Decrease in Muscle Mass
  • Decrease in Strength

Is it Really Low Testosterone?

If a patient is experiencing some of the symptoms mentioned above then he should see a doctor to correctly diagnose his condition. Sometimes me will have some or all of the symptoms of low testosterone but the condition is caused by something unrelated to testosterone. For example, it could be a thyroid problem. Doctors will also want to rule out other possible causes such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, testicular cancer or depression. And obviously a specific blood test to determine the patient’s testosterone level should be ordered.

Treatment

Doctors have a variety of treatment methods such as injections, implantable pellets or gel patches. There are some risks associated with testosterone treatment so the patient should be monitored by his doctor on a regular basis.

Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Penile erection is a complex process involving hormones, nerves, muscles, blood vessels and your brain.  A problem with any of these organ systems can cause erectile problems. Physical causes of erectile dysfunction most often erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical.

Physical Causes

By far the most common physical cause of ED is atherosclerosis or blood vessel blockage which is in turn is caused by:

  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Tobacco use
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Low testosterone
  • Peyronie’s disease, development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Medications including antidepressants, antihistamines and medications to treat high blood pressure, pain or prostate cancer
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Radiation, Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
  • Prolonged bicycling, which may compress nerves and affect blood flow to the penis, can lead to temporary erectile dysfunction

Psychological Causes

  • Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • Stress
  • Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns

Risk Factors

As you get older, erections may be more difficult to develop. This isn’t necessarily a consequence of getting older instead a result of underlying health issues or taking medications, which is more common as men age.

Treatments

Drugs – These three drugs listed below enhance the effects of nitric oxide, a natural chemical your body produces that relaxes the blood vessels in the penis. This increases blood flow and allows you to get an erection in response to sexual stimulation. Possible side effects include flushing, nasal congestion, headache, visual changes and stomach upset.

  • Sildenafil (Viagra)
  • Tadalafil (Cialis)
  • Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)

Testosterone replacement – Some men have erectile dysfunction caused by low levels of the hormone testosterone, and may need testosterone replacement therapy.

Penile implants – This treatment involves surgically placing semi-rigid rods into the penis. The inflatable devices allow you to control when and how long you have an erection. This treatment is usually not recommended until other methods have been tried first.

Penis pumps – A penis pump (vacuum erection device) is a hollow tube with a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. The tube is slides over the penis, and the pump is used to suction out the air inside the tube. This creates a vacuum that pulls blood into your penis. Once you get an erection, you slip a tension ring around the base of your penis to hold in the blood and keep it firm. You then remove the vacuum device. The erection typically lasts long enough for a couple to have sex. You remove the tension ring after intercourse.

Psychological Counseling

Stress, anxiety or depression are common causes of ED which may require a visit to a psychologist or counselor. Even if it is caused by something physical, erectile dysfunction can create stress and relationship tension.

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