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Posted: Jun 26, 2020

Running On Empty? Refuel with Self Care

Written by SMH Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, many of us are feeling overstimulated and overwhelmed, worn down and pulled in all directions. Here is a quick exercise you can do to relax and “refuel.” It takes only a few minutes, but the benefits are long-lasting, if you can do it regularly.

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Posted: Jun 8, 2020

Fall Prevention Amid COVID-19

Written by SMH Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams

Falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injury and the main cause of death and disability in our senior population. But falls are preventable, not inevitable. Follow these tips from trauma nurse Susan Williams, RN, for a safe, smart, step-by-step approach to fall prevention in the age of novel coronavirus and COVID-19.

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Posted: Apr 23, 2020

DIY First-aid: What You Need & When to Use It

Written by SMH Copywriter Phil Lederer

Maintaining a fully stocked first-aid kit is a must for every household — as is knowing when to treat at home, when to head to an urgent care center and when to call 9-1-1. We reached out to Sarasota Memorial’s Trauma Services Injury Prevention Coordinator Susan Williams, RN, BSN, and pediatric hospitalist Jessie L. Hoang, MD, for their take on what a first-aid/emergency kit should include. Check out their recommendations. 

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Posted: Apr 14, 2020

The Pandemic Predicament: Coping with the ‘New Normal’

Written by SMH Oncology Clinical Counselor Elizabeth Bornstein

As communities across the world wrangle with a “new normal,” millions are feeling the emotional and mental weight of this unprecedented time. Here are some self-care tips and strategies we can all use to successfully persevere through these difficult times.

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Posted: Apr 2, 2020

Mask Wearing 101: How to Use & Re-Use a Face Mask

With Sarasota Memorial Nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN

Face masks are only effective when they are handled, worn, stored and disposed of properly. Used improperly, and the masks actually become vehicles for spreading germs. Sarasota Memorial nurse Jennifer Sorensen, RN, offers a step-by-step mask-wearing how-to, along with some do's and don'ts, in this video blog.

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