The Signs and Symptoms of Shaken Baby Syndrome in Madisonville, Kentucky

Signs of shaken baby syndrome include irritability and head trauma. Learn more about shaken baby syndrome and its symptoms with Baptist Health Madisonville.

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Alejandro Soriano, MD, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine:

Shaken baby syndrome is when a baby’s head is jerked front-to-back or sideways. With the neck muscles so immature, the baby doesn’t have the right mechanism to prevent the brain from sloshing inside the skull. Bleeding inside the head and swelling of the brain can happen. This can cause learning disabilities, irreversible brain damage, blindness, deafness, seizures, paralysis or death. Oftentimes, infants who have survived this condition may need lifelong medical care.

Shelby Hill, parent, Madisonville, Kentucky:

Wyatt is a survivor of shaken baby syndrome. In 2016, I was dating a guy who shook him while I was taking a shower. In those few minutes, Wyatt’s whole life changed. He’s 3 years old now, and he’s still living and still with us, and he does do more than breathe. He doesn’t do what a normal 3-year-old should do, by no means, but we just continue to give him the best life that we possibly can. The advice I would give to a new parent is first of all, be very cautious of who you leave your baby with. If you are feeling stressed, the best thing to do is really to just walk away and take a break. Give yourself a few minutes and then go back and check on your baby.

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At Baptist Health Madisonville, our maternity care team offers the personalized care, comfortable facilities and medical expertise you might expect from a much bigger hospital. But because we’re a small, community-oriented hospital, you’ll get a warm welcome and extremely attentive care from our expert medical team.

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Pulmonary Embolism Treatment Options in Louisville, Kentucky

Baptist Health offers two types of procedures for pulmonary embolism: percutaneous embolectomy and catheter-directed thrombolysis. Learn more about our pulmonary embolism treatment options.

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Christopher Semder, MD, Interventional Cardiology:

You see more pulmonary emboli in patients who are post-op from orthopedic surgeries. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot that travels, typically, from a leg vessel through the heart and lodges itself in the pulmonary artery. That’s a blood vessel that leaves the right ventricle and goes to the lungs.

There are two different types of procedures that we offer here at Baptist Health Louisville. One of those procedures is a percutaneous embolectomy. That’s a fancy way to say that we go into the pulmonary arteries with a catheter and extract the pulmonary embolus from the pulmonary arteries.

The other procedure that we offer is catheter-directed thrombolysis. This is a procedure where we place catheters inside of the pulmonary artery and into the clot. Over a period of about 10 hours, we release a clot buster, a medication that we previously have used in both heart attacks and in stroke patients.

I think what makes Baptist Health unique in the care of pulmonary embolus is our multidisciplinary team. We have a very educated and informed ER. We receive notification about patients with pulmonary embolus as soon as they receive their CT scan. The case is then discussed very quickly with a multidisciplinary team, including cardiac surgeons, interventional cardiologists and intensive care doctors. Then we’re able to make a decision together about what type of care would be best suited for that patient.

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Baptist Health is known for advanced, superior care for patients with heart disease and the diagnosis, management and treatment of pulmonary embolism. You will appreciate timely appointments and a professional, friendly atmosphere where we take time to listen to your concerns.

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The Dangers and Hazards of Vaping in Lexington, Kentucky

Vaping is a dangerous epidemic with many associated health risks. Learn more about the health hazards and dangers of vaping with Baptist Health Lexington.

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Arvind Bansal, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine:

An electronic cigarette is a battery-operated device, which heats up a liquid that contains nicotine, among other substances, and forms a vapor that the consumer inhales. There is a vapor produced, actually it’s more of an aerosol, which has fine particles that are in organic compounds. The propellant that is in there, when it gets heated up, it can form into potentially cancer-causing chemicals. When it goes into the body when people inhale it, it can cause inflammation in the lungs.

We have a lot of cases of what you call chronic bronchitis, which is inflammation in the lung causing cough and sputum production. There are cases of some unusual pneumonias that have happened in people. More recently, there is a rash of cases of acute lung injury which have happened in the United States. A number of deaths, even in younger people as young as 25, has really put this into focus as a national emergency to keep it controlled.

In my mind, there is no safe cigarette. There is no safe vaping product. There is no safe tobacco product. The earlier you quit, the better it is. Just as for regular cigarettes, the same goes for vaping or any other commercial products that are out there.

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If you have questions or a history of vaping, the Baptist Health Lexington respiratory care team can help.

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Acute Pain Management Relief and Reducing Opioids in Lexington, Kentucky

Managing pain while reducing opioids is possible with our treatment. Learn more about pain management treatments in Lexington on the Baptist Health blog.

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John M. Edwards, CRNA, MS, Acute Pain Management:

One of the things we specialize in at Baptist Health Lexington is really acute surgical pain management, and taking that beyond just regular pain medicines.

Theresa Newton, Lexington, Kentucky:

I came into Baptist Health Lexington due to having a right rotator cuff tear. It was a complete tear.


When Theresa came to us, we wanted to place an interscalene catheter to help manage her pain for her shoulder. We were able to manage her pain for about four days with the disposable infusion pump that we sent her home with. It helps us to really reduce the amount of overall narcotics or opioids that our patients need.


I lost my son to an addiction. It was very important to me to not be on any pain medication when I got home. I was given some pain medication, but with the nerve catheter I did not need it. I did not hurt whatsoever.


We’ve really worked hard to find a way to provide a convenient way to dispose of those opioids. The use of an opioid disposal packet allows them to do that.


They actually gave me a pamphlet, and they educated me on a little packet that’s attached to that pamphlet. If I did not need my pain medication, then I could just put three-fourths cup of water in my medication container, dispense that in, and then shake that up, and it’s just gone. You just throw it in the garbage.


After a couple of weeks when her pain is well managed she can, in the comfort of her own home, dispose of those conveniently.

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Baptist Health Lexington, a 391-bed tertiary care facility, is also a major medical research and education center.

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Colonoscopies in La Grange, Kentucky

Colon screenings are crucial for detecting cancer and ensuring overall health. Learn more about the importance of colonoscopies today at Baptist Health.

Stephen Overstreet, MD, Gastroenterology:

Colonoscopy is very effective. It prevents more than 90% of colon cancers when we get a chance to find the cancer in a benign growth before it even starts.

Both men and women are at equal risk of colon cancer. We like to screen everyone at 45, up until the age of 85. Though people have great concern over preparing the colon for their colonoscopies, it is the most important part. What an adequate preparation of the colon provides you with is an excellent exam visually, to be able to detect the smallest, even 2-millimeter, polyps that can then be removed to prevent you from having colon cancer.

How I like to encourage my patients who have some anxiety over having their colonoscopy is that the preoperative preparation of your colon is actually very simple, if you adhere to the instructions you are given. My recommendation is to remain as hydrated as possible. I think you’ll find that it goes much smoother than you would imagine. The procedure itself is sedated. Patients tend to wake up feeling as if they’ve had a very nice nap.

On the day of your procedure, your physician should talk to you about the immediate result. If polyps were removed, you will be told that day and then you’ll be called to be informed of the results of your polyps and the recommendations on when a repeat exam would be recommended. With respect to colorectal cancer, this is an easy thing to do to save lives. Our removing polyps is the best work I do.

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A colonoscopy is the best screening test available for colon cancer. For the average person, the American Cancer Society recommends starting a screening program around age 45.

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Concussion Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment in New Albany, Indiana

Assessing concussions is extremely important in treating them. Learn more about concussion symptoms, diagnosis and treatment at Baptist Health today.

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William A. Davis II, DO, Sports Medicine:

Sports medicine is the comprehensive care of the athlete. Our Sports Medicine program has been set up to where we have athletic trainers at a lot of our local high schools. Having conversations with those athletic trainers, we usually get a patient in that day of the injury, if not the very next morning. Jalen had an injury running into a wall in the outfield playing baseball.

Jalen Hines, Austin, Indiana:

I was going for a fly ball and ran into a fence, hit my head, and knocked the breath out of me. I got back up and was really dizzy. I had never had a headache like that before, and certain things were making my head hurt, like lights and noise. I figured I might have had a concussion.

Dr. Davis:

These are all classic signs of concussion. A concussion is defined as a transient disturbance in brain function. Usually what we do is use either something called computerized impact testing or a sideline concussion assessment tool, which is a paper form of a diagnostic evaluation. What we did for Jalen is took him out of really stimulating brain activity, had him completely rest for a couple of days, and then started him on a couple of natural vitamins that have been proven most recently in the literature to help with neuro-regeneration.


I had to take two weeks off from all sports that I was playing. Then, I started to feel a little more normal, no more head pain.

Dr. Davis:

As he progressed from day-to-day, we saw from testing and taxing his brain a little bit more that he could continue to work without any symptoms or problems. Eventually, we got him back to the sport that he loves, got him back to playing baseball without any other repercussions or other injuries.

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The Sports Medicine Program at Baptist Health Floyd consists of a comprehensive lineup of specialists who team up to treat athletes of all ages and abilities. Middle and high school athletes, college athletes and recreational athletes at any level are evaluated and treated.

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General Surgery Services in New Albany, Indiana

General surgeons are physicians who handle a broad scope of surgical problems. Learn more about Baptist Health’s general surgery services and procedures today.

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Ashley Lankford, MD, FACS, General Surgery:

A general surgeon is a physician practitioner who handles a broad scope of surgical problems. We handle benign and malignant disease of the breast, gall bladder disease, hernia, colon cancer, diseases of the skin and soft tissue, like skin cancer and melanoma. You may be referred to the Emergency Department for abdominal pain that may be consistent with appendicitis. There are a broad-based number of reasons that patients may ultimately be referred here.

In general surgery, we are trained in a broad-based fashion to handle a variety of different disease processes. Sometimes they require an open approach. Now, often we do many things with what we call laparoscopic or minimally invasive [surgery]. The advantage to that is that the incisions are smaller, which means the recovery time is shorter, patients have less pain, and ultimately, the goal being sooner return to their normal activities and lifestyle.

I am really happy and proud to be a part of the Baptist community in this area. I think it allows patients in New Albany and the southern Indiana area to get outstanding care without having to be displaced, or go to a bigger market that they might not prefer or be comfortable with. I love the ability to take care of people and to fix them and see almost an instant benefit for a lot of what I do. If I can’t make the patient healed, oftentimes I can make them better or their quality of life improved. That’s extraordinarily gratifying to me.

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At Baptist Health Floyd, we offer inpatient and outpatient services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also strive to provide you and your family with the best experience possible.

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Nonhealing Wound Treatment Clinic in Corbin, Kentucky

Our nonhealing wound treatment options include compression and negative pressure therapy. Learn more about Baptist Health’s chronic wound treatment clinic.

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David Lauber, MD, General Surgery:

The Wound Care Center is a specialized clinic that we have set up for helping people with chronic wounds that are having difficulty healing. We have a lot of patients with diabetes and extensive medical problems that make it difficult for them to heal, wounds that develop either from trauma or from pressure sores.

Megan Barton, APRN, Wound Care:

You may suspect that you have a nonhealing wound if it’s not starting to show signs of healing within two weeks.

Dr. Lauber:

Some reasons why a wound would not heal would be pressure that’s being applied that isn’t being adequately padded; circulation issues, either arterial or venous; diabetes-related complications, such as neuropathy and circulation; and pressure sores — all tie in with that. We try to do as much as we possibly can to improve the root causes. Sometimes we actually use treatments that stimulate growth and healing as well.


We have several options in the clinic for treating wounds. We do offer bedside debridement in the office. We can do negative-pressure therapies and compression, and we offer off-loading casts. We like to think of the Wound Care Center as a team approach to your overall health, so we work really closely with your primary care provider. We can also help with getting set up with Home Health and refer you to other providers as needed.

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At Baptist Health Wound Care in Corbin, our team of physicians, nurses and technicians understands many factors that may be delay or prevent the healing of your wound.

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Back Pain Relief Procedures in Richmond, Kentucky

Baptist Health Richmond: Back Pain Relief Procedures

Acute and chronic back pain affects a large number of the population every day. Learn more about back pain relief procedures with Baptist Health Richmond.

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Thomas Whealton, DO, Interventional Pain:
If you have back pain that seems like it’s worse than the normal aches and pains you have after working outside, gardening, or doing normal things that can make you just feel sore, it’s a good idea to go see your primary care doctor.

When patients come into our office for the first time, the first thing we do is get a comprehensive history and physical on them to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t. A lot of patients will have gone through a lot of the conservative measures that we can do, and many will get quite a bit of relief before they ever set foot in our office, which is ideal. So, when they come to us, we’ll see what’s been done and what hasn’t, and we’ll try anything that we can that we think will give them the best chance of relief, long-term recovery, and better quality of life.

When patients have gone through some of those things, there are a lot of other therapies that we can provide, including what’s called a spinal cord stimulator, which involves helping to decrease the amount of pain signals that actually reach the brain from the low back and the legs, or the arms and the hands.

For most of my patients, I tell them that what I’m doing is to try to get you back to living a normal life. I want you to get in touch with learning and listening to your body so that you don’t overdo it. But, we want to make sure that chronic pain isn’t the thing that’s limiting you. It’s basically just your ability to do the things that you want to be able to do.

The Dangers of Teen Vaping in Paducah, Kentucky

Baptist Health Paducah: The Dangers of Teen Vaping

Vaping is an epidemic that is bad for teens. Learn more about keeping teens safe by educating them about the dangers of vaping from Baptist Health Paducah.

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Patrick Withrow, MD, Cardiology:
I am saying “epidemic.” I think vaping is an epidemic among middle schoolers and high schoolers. Over the last two years, the middle school has increased by 50%, how many kids that are vaping, and the high school by 75%, how many are vaping.

Jonathan Smith, assistant principal, curriculum, Paducah Tilghman High School:
We have to do our part to make sure that we keep our students safe. When we know this is an issue, where they’re starting to put drugs into their body in a way that I don’t think they truthfully understand, I think we’ve got to do our part to eliminate the problem.

Dr. Withrow:
They have an adolescent brain, and the younger an individual is when they start using an addictive substance, the more likely they are to become addicted themselves. The younger the kid is, the more likely they are to become addicted to multiple drugs. We have a problem here with methamphetamine and opioids right now, so the adolescent, the young person, starts off becoming addicted to nicotine. Next thing you know, they’re addicted to something else, with all of the problems that go with that.

Mr. Smith:
It’s not normal to see a 14- or 15-year-old kid puffing on something that’s putting nicotine and harmful chemicals in their body. I feel like that is a major public issue that we as adults have to address — because they’re our future.

The Benton Primary Care Health Clinic in Kentucky

Baptist Health Paducah: The Benton Primary Care Health Clinic

The primary care health clinic in Benton offers appointments and urgent care for walk-ins. Learn more about Baptist Health Medical Group Benton’s primary care.

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Frances Horn, DO, Family Medicine, Benton:
Baptist Health Medical Group Benton was established to provide primary care to the local population in Marshall County.

At this clinic, we are able to care for pretty much all your needs. We can provide care for newborns to 90-100, however old you [are]. We provide for the whole age range.

We can do your standard healthcare visits. We can do acute-care visits. If you cut yourself, I can stitch you up. If you’re sick and vomiting and need fluids, I can give you fluids here. If you need an X-ray, we can X-ray you. If you need ultrasound, we can ultrasound you. We pretty much do everything you need in a primary care setting here. So hopefully, we’re going to find that alleviates the need to transition over to the ER for minor things, and free up the ER for the big things, and take care of those things in a clinic situation.

We do walk-ins. We do scheduled [appointments]. We have extended hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and on Saturday, we have 8 a.m.-noon hours. We’ve had people come in indicating that they couldn’t get into their doctor for weeks. We have that opening, and we can take care of you at this time. We’re excited to be here. It’s been fun meeting new people, and it’s like getting a second family. So, we’re excited about this.

The Importance of Well-Child Visit Schedules in Madisonville, Kentucky

Baptist Health Madisonville: The Importance of Well-Child Visit Schedules

Well-child visits are important for healthy children as they grow. Learn why it is important to schedule well-child visits from Baptist Health.

The Importance of Well-Child Visit Schedules in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript

Carey Dodds, MD, Pediatric Medicine:
A well-child check is so important for all children. When they are young, it is important to make sure they are growing appropriately, that they are developing well, that they are developing healthy habits. As they age, it’s important that they continue to come on an annual basis for a well-child exam because we want to make sure they are staying healthy. We discuss nutrition, we discuss sleep, we discuss their development, because even as they are school age, they are continuing to develop behaviorally, socially and educationally, and we want to make sure they are continuing to have their needs met in all of those realms.

Ann Elkins, patient’s mother, Madisonville, KY:
I think well-child exams are very important for your child because you’re keeping continuous check on their health, keeping their immunizations up to date, and just staying in constant communication with your pediatrician on their growth. It affects everything. Mentally, it affects their well-being, and I think they are very important.

Jackson Elkins, patient, Madisonville, KY:
I feel really comfortable that Dr. Dodds has everything under control about what to give us, what symptoms we have.

Dr. Dodds:
My patients are special to me. They are why I continue to do what I do, why I take time away from my family and my children to help take care of them — because I love my patients.