Would You Know What to Do If Someone Collapsed?

In honor of February being American Heart Month, Paragon Orthopedic Center would like to remind you about the changes the American Heart Association, or AHA, made to CPR.  We have previously covered this information in a newsletter, but assuming most people have not been frequently using their CPR skills, a refresher seems timely.  For the general public, compression-only CPR is recommended.  Only healthcare professionals are to do the mouth-to-mouth breaths.  According to the AHA, 90% of the people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest die.  You could be the person to save someone if you know the simple technique of performing chest compressions.  Click here to view a short 1 minute video and learn how:

Hands-Only CPR Resources | American Heart Association CPR & First Aid

And don’t forget to always call 911 first!

Paragon Orthopedic Center Wants to Encourage YOU!

There are many of you out there who started 2022 with resolutions and goals.  Whenever you are trying to better yourself, it’s a goal worth striving for and keeping.  We want to help you with some helpful tips about keeping those goals, resolutions, and changes.  Keeping it simple with three steps, here is some advice with pro tips that give it to you in a nutshell.  The final pro tip is worth repeating: embrace the slow and steady road success over the short-term resolution and you will thank yourself in the long-term.  Keep up the strong work Southern Oregon!

3 Steps to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions Going – Revive Superfoods

How to Be Happier

The Wall Street Journal had an article on Tuesday about a man by the name of Arthur Brooks who teaches classes about seeking more happiness in life to students at Harvard, but he is also sought out by businesses because his teachings have a broader connection.  His main areas of focus: family, friends, meaningful work, and faith/life philosophy.  You should examine which one you might be neglecting to find more happiness.  For friends, you need to distinguish who are your real friends, giving the insight that real friends “have a beautiful quality of uselessness: ‘I don’t need you, I just love you.'”  Let that sink in.  A real friend isn’t there for a benefit from you.  Other keys from him: don’t stress over what you cannot change, or fear failure.  Limit how stressed you allow yourself to get, and count blessings instead of burdens.  Some of the teachings are aimed at a business model, but there is much to be taken away for being happier in general.  Here is the whole article:

Harvard Wants M.B.A.s to Learn How to Be Happy at Work – WSJ

Dr. Bents Performs First Robot-Assisted Surgery in Grants Pass

Dr. Bents used the new Velys robot-assisted total knee replacement system at the Grants Pass Surgery Center today, which is THE FIRST robot-assisted surgery to be done in Grants Pass EVER.  The patient walked 300 feet without pain and went home right after lunch.  Cutting edge technology is here and Dr. Bents is a leader of it in Southern Oregon.  Call Paragon Orthopedic Center today to get in with Dr. Bents and see if you are a candidate. 541-472-0603

Can You Make Scars Less Noticeable?

Dr. Bents and Dr. Van Horne field a lot of questions about scarring after surgeries.  Did you know you there are ways to minimize scars?  Some over the counter remedies have been found to work, and then there are more complicated solutions done by professionals.  This month, the newsletter for Paragon Orthopedic Center is helping you understand why we scar and what you can do.  Look for the Paragon Press soon!

What Should I Eat When I Feel Sick?

Southern Oregon is reaching what health experts believe is the peak of the Omicron variant of COVID.  That means there is a high likelihood you or someone you know is feeling sick right now, and when a person is sick, food suddenly isn’t as appealing.  Make every bite count by eating foods that are easy on the stomach and high in nutrition.  The Cleveland Clinic has an article that breaks down suggested foods into three categories: 1-foods for when you’re dehydrated, 2-when diarrhea is a problem, and 3-when you are feeling nauseated.  Suggested foods that you can keep stocked on hand and are good for when you generally just don’t feel well are: teas, Jell-O, canned soups, canned fruit packed in juice (not syrup), cheese sticks, crackers, popsicles, and canned chicken.  Paragon Orthopedics would suggest these foods for after your orthopedic surgeries too, when you need a convenient food that is helpful to your body and isn’t fast food.  Read more of the suggested foods to help relieve symptoms in those three categories and put your body in a position to heal as quickly as possible:

The Best Foods to Eat When You’re Sick – Cleveland Clinic

Happy Groundhog Day!

Paragon Orthopedic Center is veering from the serious stuff today and reporting that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning.  Therefore, we will supposedly have six more weeks of winter.  Last year he saw his shadow as well and do you remember the extra six weeks of winter?  Our average high temperature for the month of February in 2021 was 50.7 F and we got 0.44 inches of precipitation.  You be the judge as to whether that sounds like more wintery weather.  It’s all in good humor, as is the 1993 movie Groundhog Day.  Did you know that Tom Hanks was the film’s initial choice for Phil in that movie, or that the Mayor of Punxsutawney is Bill Murray’s real brother? One more shocker: the movie was not filmed in Pennsylvania at all.  You can find many more fun facts about the movie Groundhog Day here:

Groundhog Day (1993) – Trivia – IMDb