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Don't follow everything you see on the internet
NOV 16, 2018

By T.J. Mack
Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Center

The ice bucket challenge, the cinnamon challenge, the Tide Pod challenge, the fire challenge, the “In My Feelings” challenge … the list of internet fads goes on and on.

A quick internet search will give you access to scores of challenges. Each challenge is becoming more difficult than the one before and each one with the same goal in mind; for the person in the video to obtain viral fame.

Most are ridiculous and some are harmless and laughable. Others, however, can end with a hospital visit.

Today, emergency centers across the world are treating patients due to the injuries obtained in the attempt of viral fame.
Below are some of the more recent challenges and the risks involved:

Tide Pod challenge

Tide Pod – a pre-measured laundry detergent packet, designed to dissolve in water during the machine’s use.
Challenge – to place one of the brightly colored packets in your mouth until it dissolves. Once dissolved you either spit out or ingest the contents.

Risks – The contents of the packet are not made for human consumption and are considered extremely dangerous. If ingested, one may have difficulty breathing, burns to the mouth, esophagus, lining of the lungs and/or GI tract, or swelling of the airway.

This has a danger of blocking airways and choking. If we occlude (block/close off due to swelling or foreign material) our airway brain damage or death will occur within minutes.

 ‘In My Feelings’ challenge

“In My Feelings” song and dance – a song written by popular singer, song writer, record producer, actor and entrepreneur Drake. The song, “In My Feelings,” is written and performed by rap star Drake. The song is hot … and it got hotter when comedian Shiggy went viral with a dance he made up for it.

Challenge – Do the Shiggy dance to “In My Feelings” and post it to Instagram.

Risk
– The first videos were harmless, as movie and music stars posted their own videos. Then, people started getting out of their cars. Some of the most popular videos involve people exiting their moving vehicle while someone is recording, then doing the dance and hopping back in.

It should not be surprising to tell you these videos, many of which have gone viral, come with a price. Emergency centers are treating injuries due to these failed challenges (or widely successful, depending on your perception) are injuries sustained due to blunt force trauma or crush injuries.

Many of the people are either being struck by a vehicle in the opposite lane of traffic, are dancing into stationary objects, or they have been run over by their own vehicle.

When operating a moving vehicle, it is highly recommended that you wear a seat belt and stay behind the wheel of the vehicle. Never exit a moving vehicle, especially if you are the driver. This is for your safety, the safety of your passengers and the safety of the others on the roadways.

Fire challenge

Challenge
– dowse yourself with flammable liquid, then ignite it (light yourself on fire)

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Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately
NOV 5, 2018

Don't let yourself be the target of an abusive person; seek help immediately

By GEORGIA GAY

 The victim asked for anonymity.

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Five tips to help ward off children's nightmares
OCT 29, 2018

Five tips to help ward off children's nightmares

 Nightmares not only disrupt sleeping patterns but can also cause stress and anxiety depending on the frequency. For children, most nightmares occur due to something that they saw or heard that seemed frightening or they didn’t understand — leaving their imagination to fill in the pieces.

 The health experts at Envolve, an integrated healthcare solutions company, share five tips to help you help your kids keep nightmares at bay.

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80 pounds of drugs turned in to GPD during 'Take Back Day'
OCT 29, 2018

A driver drops off some unwanted drugs.
 

Eighty pounds of unwanted medicine was collected by the Greer Police Department during Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Overall 192 pounds of drugs were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The total includes:

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TB case confirmed in someone associated with USC Upstate
OCT 17, 2018

A case of tuberculosis has been confirmed in someone associated with the University of South Carolina Upstate campus, according to news report.

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Spartanburg Regional to buy Mary Black Health System
OCT 11, 2018

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has reached an agreement with Community Health Systems to purchase the Mary Black Health System.
 

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (SRHS) has reached an agreement with Community Health Systems to purchase the Mary Black Health System including its 207-bed Mary Black Memorial Hospital in Spartanburg and the 125-bed hospital (MBMH) in Gaffney.

The purchase price was not announced.

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Unbelievable! Wade Hampton Spirit Week fundraiser is a jaw dropper
OCT 6, 2018

Wade Hampton High School students celebrate raising more than $306,000 during Spirit Week.
 

By GEORGIA GAY

Jaws dropped as a check for $306,379.48 was presented on behalf of the Wade Hampton High School students at halftime of Friday night’s football game.

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Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health to become Prisma Health in early 2019
SEP 25, 2018

Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health to become Prisma Health in early 2019

Greenville Health System (GHS) and Palmetto Health will unite under a new brand, Prisma Health, in early 2019.

 Since November 2017, GHS and Palmetto Health have been operating as the Upstate and Midlands affiliates of SC Health Company, a not-for-profit, locally governed parent company. SC Health Company has served as an interim name. The parent company is being rebranded now under the new name, Prisma Health. Both affiliates will be rebranded as Prisma Health in early 2019. Campuses and hospitals will retain their core name identities like Baptist, Greenville Memorial, Laurens County, Richland and Tuomey.

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Greenville Health System and Palmetto Health to unite
SEP 21, 2018

Greenville Health System (GHS) and Palmetto Health will come together under a single brand, sharing a new name and logo, in early 2019.

The GHS, Palmetto Health and Palmetto Health-USC Medical Group brands, including their names and logos, will be retired. GHS and Palmetto Health will share a new purpose statement as well, which will replace current mission, vision and values statements. In addition, the interim name of the parent company, SC Health Company, will be replaced with the new name.

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Doctor comes home to Family Medicine - Duncan
SEP 18, 2018

Doctor comes home to Family Medicine - Duncan

 

By Jessica Pickens

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Nobody wants to talk about it, but 1 in 20 people get colon cancer
AUG 31, 2018

Nobody wants to talk about it, but 1 in 20 people get colon cancer

Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Everybody has heard about it and nobody wants to talk about it, but 1 in 20 people get colon cancer.

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Hirshorn granted Hospice Medical Director credential
AUG 15, 2018

Dr. Karla A Hirshorn
Hospice Associate Medical Director at Interim Healthcare of the Upstate
 

Dr. Karla A Hirshorn, Hospice Associate Medical Director at Interim Healthcare of the Upstate, was granted the Hospice Medical Director Certified credential by the Hospice Medical Director Certification Board. Hirshorn was recognized for her commitment to improving the quality of life by displaying professional competency in the hospice industry.

Hospice practice includes patient care, medication management, performance improvement and engagement in interdisciplinary group (IDG) activities. Professional certification affirms a knowledge and experience base for hospice physicians to display commitment to their career, dedication to patient and family care, and the sustainability of the hospice organization and industry. HMDC designation is granted for six years and is renewed through continued validation of knowledge and re-assessment.

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Pediatrician answers questions about required vaccines
AUG 1, 2018

Pediatrician answers questions about required vaccines

Parents have lots of questions about vaccinations, especially as they head back to school. Pediatrician Dr. Jack Cleland has the answers.

 

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Upstate's School of Nursing above national average of first-time pass rate
JUL 28, 2018

Of the 181 USC Upstate nursing students who have taken the NCLEX since January, 167 students passed the exam. 
 

Graduates from the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Mary Black School of Nursing have a year-to-date 92.27 percent first-time pass rate on the NCLEX, the national professional licensure exam for nurses. The national pass rate for the exam is 89.54 percent.

Of the 181 USC Upstate nursing students who have taken the NCLEX since January, 167 students passed the exam. The test measures if a nursing graduate is capable of performing duties required of an entry-level nurse.

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The rise and fall of three meals a day
JUL 5, 2018

The rise and fall of three meals a day

By Carole Mabry, MS, RD, LD On

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Please don't meet us by accident this summer
JUN 19, 2018

BY T.J. MACK, BSN, RN, CEN

“Courtesy of Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System” 

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Interim Healthcare of the Upstate earns national recognition
JUN 14, 2018

Interim Healthcare of the Upstate earns national recognition

Interim HealthCare of the Upstate, a locally owned and operated home health and hospice services provider, was honored as leading its national network of home health providers for continued excellence in hospice care, Medicare service lines and overall company growth.

The awards were:

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Interim HealthCare of the Upstate founder receives Lifetime Achievement Award
JUN 6, 2018

Ray Schroeder, left, with Allan Sorensen

Ray Schroeder, Interim HealthCare of the Upstate founder, has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the national company, the leading network of health health providers.

 Schroeder was honored for the success Interim HealthCare of the Upstate has seen over the past 39 years. While presenting the award, Interim HealthCare national founder, Allan Sorensen, spoke about the successes Interim HealthCare of the Upstate has seen under Schroeder’s leadership. 

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Walk with elected local official is Saturday
MAY 15, 2018

Walk with your Local Elected Official is  Saturday May 19 at City Hall.

Registration begins at 9:45 a.m and the walk will begin at 10. 

The walk, 1.5-miles through town, will be co-hosted by doctors from Internal Medicine Greer.  Water and fruit will be available before and after the walk.

 

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Virus strikes Chandler Creek Elementary School; 200 children sent home
MAY 10, 2018

Chandler Creek Elementary School was hit by a stomach virus Wednesday that resulted in 200 students being sent home. 

 The majority of the students were in kindergarten, first grade and second grade, according to Beth Brotherrton with Greenville County Schools. Principal Jane Mills called parents Wednesday morning to inform them of the illness.

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