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Posted: Jul 20, 2021

Heatstroke & Heat Exhaustion Warning Signs

By SMH Emergency Medicine Pharmacy Residency Team

As we’re approaching peak summer swelter on the Suncoast, medical care providers are seeing an increase in heat-related illnesses, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Learn what warning signs to look for in infants, children and adults, plus what steps to take to keep illness from worsening.

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Posted: Jun 15, 2021

Dr. Dad’s Tips for First-time Fathers | Ask An Expert

With Family Medicine Specialist Seth Wilson, MD

For this special Father’s Day edition of our Ask An Expert series, we asked Family Medicine specialist Seth Wilson, MD, for some practical advice for first-time dads. Uniquely qualified to dish parenting wisdom, Dr. Wilson is not only an expert in family medical care, but he’s also a proud father of 4. Here are his top tips for those of you tackling one of the biggest challenges of your life: fatherhood.

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Posted: May 4, 2021

Making a Birth Plan: A Guide for Expectant Parents

With SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN

Childbirth is unpredictable. But expectant parents can ensure their labor-and-delivery experience goes as smoothly as possible by being prepared, knowing their options and creating a written birth plan before baby’s expected arrival. Here, SMH Childbirth Educator Janis Medford, RN, BSN, offers tips and a practical guide for making an effective birth plan.

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Posted: Mar 2, 2021

Kegel Exercises? There's a Better Way

By SMH Outpatient Rehab Pelvic Floor Therapist Shayna Shefrin

Kegel exercises — which are basically the repetitious lifting and tightening of your pelvic muscles — are often touted as a non-surgical solution for bladder and bowel incontinence in men and women. And while there are some people who encourage Kegels as a way to strengthen the pelvic floor, I’ve found alternatives that are much easier and much more effective for boosting control of your bladder and bowel, for a few reasons.

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Posted: Feb 16, 2021

Improving the Surgery Journey for Patients

By ERAS Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RNBC

Learning you need surgery can prompt fear and concern about what’s to come — worry about pain and side effects, hospitalization duration, recovery time and infection risk. To help ease this stress and ensure patients have the best possible surgery outcome, Sarasota Memorial launched its Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) program in 2018. ERAS Program Coordinator Allie Wilson, BSN, RN-BC, explains what ERAS is, how it's benefiting SMH patients and who's eligible.

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