Wellness

Jackson Health System finds new ways to help keep members of our community moving toward a healthy lifestyle.

In this section, you’ll learn tips for injury prevention and poison control, how we treat infectious disease, and more.

Infectious Diseases

As a public health system, our community expects Jackson to be the most prepared, and consider us experts in the face of any public health concern. We want to assure you that we closely monitor the development of any infectious diseases and continuously take all precautions to ensure that our staff is educated on specific protocols that will help maximize the safety of our patients, guests, and employees.

As always, Jackson Health System continues to strengthen its efforts to prepare for and fight against all infectious diseases, starting with education. It is essential to any preparedness efforts, which is why our employees have the facts about all infectious diseases and are well-trained on our response protocols. Teams of educators across the organization work diligently to ensure everyone is prepared for possible cases of these illnesses and to minimize risk of exposure to both patients and staff.

In order to remain vigilant and focused on safety and patient care, Jackson enhances its readiness to combat infectious diseases by utilizing a few key tools:

  • Infection-control team – Consists of dedicated leaders who personally oversee any suspected cases. These individuals are in the unit directing every aspect of care, confirming that employees know the protocols and follow them closely.
  • Hands-on training – Comprised of one-on-one training sessions and demonstrations of proper procedures and protocols, including full, personal protective equipment preparations.
  • Procedures and protocols – Updated protocols and procedures on infectious diseases, including adjusting preliminary intake questionnaires, early preparation, and detailed planning.
  • Isolation – Appropriate isolation areas are available and equipped in every hospital. In some cases, we are also prepared to build additional isolation spaces using temporary construction materials.

Jackson Health System takes your health and safety very seriously. As we continue to learn new and effective methods of protection against infectious diseases, we continue to make enhancements to our protocols while maximizing the margin of safety for our clinical teams, our patients, and our community.

Infectious Diseases

As a public health system, our community expects Jackson to be the most prepared, and consider us experts in the face of any public health concern. We want to assure you that we closely monitor the development of any infectious diseases and continuously take all precautions to ensure that our staff is educated on specific protocols that will help maximize the safety of our patients, guests, and employees.

As always, Jackson Health System continues to strengthen its efforts to prepare for and fight against all infectious diseases, starting with education. It is essential to any preparedness efforts, which is why our employees have the facts about all infectious diseases and are well-trained on our response protocols. Teams of educators across the organization work diligently to ensure everyone is prepared for possible cases of these illnesses and to minimize risk of exposure to both patients and staff.

In order to remain vigilant and focused on safety and patient care, Jackson enhances its readiness to combat infectious diseases by utilizing a few key tools:

  • Infection-control team – Consists of dedicated leaders who personally oversee any suspected cases. These individuals are in the unit directing every aspect of care, confirming that employees know the protocols and follow them closely.
  • Hands-on training – Comprised of one-on-one training sessions and demonstrations of proper procedures and protocols, including full, personal protective equipment preparations.
  • Procedures and protocols – Updated protocols and procedures on infectious diseases, including adjusting preliminary intake questionnaires, early preparation, and detailed planning.
  • Isolation – Appropriate isolation areas are available and equipped in every hospital. In some cases, we are also prepared to build additional isolation spaces using temporary construction materials.

Jackson Health System takes your health and safety very seriously. As we continue to learn new and effective methods of protection against infectious diseases, we continue to make enhancements to our protocols while maximizing the margin of safety for our clinical teams, our patients, and our community.

Injury Prevention

Injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are almost always preventable. Jackson Memorial Hospital, through its emergency care centers and Ryder Trauma Center, provides community-based injury prevention education for all ages.

The goal of these programs is to heighten injury awareness, provide trauma prevention education, and promote wellness and safety to all populations in our community. Topics include:

  • Bicycle Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Ride Safe, Drive Safe
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Drug Use/Abuse/Addiction
  • Stand Strong for Life
  • Poison Prevention
  • Fire Safety
  • Health and Safety Fairs
  • Water Safety

Injury Prevention

Injuries are one of the leading causes of death in the United States and are almost always preventable. Jackson Memorial Hospital, through its emergency care centers and Ryder Trauma Center, provides community-based injury prevention education for all ages.

The goal of these programs is to heighten injury awareness, provide trauma prevention education, and promote wellness and safety to all populations in our community. Topics include:

  • Bicycle Safety
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Seat Belt Safety
  • Ride Safe, Drive Safe
  • Drinking and Driving
  • Drug Use/Abuse/Addiction
  • Stand Strong for Life
  • Poison Prevention
  • Fire Safety
  • Health and Safety Fairs
  • Water Safety

These programs are free of charge, age-specific and can be given in a variety of settings such as schools, businesses, senior centers, community or faith-based groups, parks’ programs, etc.

We regularly educate students and teachers at schools, address PTAs, and attend private businesses’ employee health days.

Download our Injury Prevention Program brochure.

For more information, contact our Trauma Center Clinical Outreach & Injury Prevention Coordinator Luis DeRosa, RN, BSN, EMT-P at Luis.Derosa@jhsmiami.org.

Poison Control

If you have a poisoning concern, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. Seventy to 75 percent of poisonings can be treated safely at home over the telephone with the intervention of the Florida Poison Information Center – Miami, housed at Jackson Memorial Hospital. There, specially trained doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer treatment, preventive advice, and information regarding potential poison hazards.

For poison questions or emergencies, call 1-800-222-1222.

Basic First Aid

Knowing basic first aid measures for a poisoning exposure can save lives and help prevent serious injury from occurring.

  • Remove victims from contact with chemical or gaseous fumes as long as you do not put yourself in danger.
  • Do not follow the poisoning advice on the product labels. Some of these instructions are outdated and could potentially cause more harm.
  • Call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 or a physician for instructions before giving the victim anything to eat or drink.
  • If you go to a healthcare facility, take the product container with you.
  • Never give any medications prior to calling your local poison center or physician for advice.

Don’t take a chance, call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you have a poisoning concern.

Poison Control

If you have a poisoning concern, do not hesitate to pick up the phone and call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. Seventy to 75 percent of poisonings can be treated safely at home over the telephone with the intervention of the Florida Poison Information Center – Miami, housed at Jackson Memorial Hospital. There, specially trained doctors, nurses, and pharmacists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer treatment, preventive advice, and information regarding potential poison hazards.

For poison questions or emergencies, call 1-800-222-1222.

Basic First Aid

Knowing basic first aid measures for a poisoning exposure can save lives and help prevent serious injury from occurring.

  • Remove victims from contact with chemical or gaseous fumes as long as you do not put yourself in danger.
  • Do not follow the poisoning advice on the product labels. Some of these instructions are outdated and could potentially cause more harm.
  • Call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 or a physician for instructions before giving the victim anything to eat or drink.
  • If you go to a healthcare facility, take the product container with you.
  • Never give any medications prior to calling your local poison center or physician for advice.

Don’t take a chance, call the Poison Information Center at 1-800-222-1222 if you have a poisoning concern.

Poison Control Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When I call poison control, who answers?

The poison specialists who answer your call are doctors, nurses, and pharmacists specially trained in toxicology.

If I call poison control, will my information be kept private?

Yes, calls are kept fully confidential.

What if I need help on the weekends?

The poison control center is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What if I travel out of Florida?

Calls to 1-800-222-1222 will connect with a poison control center wherever you are in the U.S.It is a nationwide, free service. There are currently 57 poison centers in the U.S.

Will I get a bill for my call?

No, poison center services are completely free to the public.Poison Center services are paid for by the Florida Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services.

Please note: All calls at the Florida Poison Information Center – Miami are recorded, but they are also confidential. A medical record is made for each case reported to the poison center, just as your family physician would do for an office visit. Helping someone in a time of need and crisis is the main concern at the poison center . When callers refuse to provide the specialist with important information concerning the exposure and for following up, the caller will be referred to a healthcare facility.

Resources

The Florida Poison Information Center – Miami is a cooperative effort of Jackson Memorial Hospital, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the State of Florida, Children’s Medical Services.

Click on the links to download poison prevention brochures:

Resources

The Florida Poison Information Center – Miami is a cooperative effort of Jackson Memorial Hospital, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the State of Florida, Children’s Medical Services.

Click on the links to download poison prevention brochures:

Quit Smoking Now

Jackson Health System’s smoking cessation program is designed to help you quit smoking now. The program is open to patients, employees, and visitors. The evidence-based program offers both Quit Smoking Now individual and group classes during the day and evening. While supplies last, those who participate in the tobacco cessation program are eligible to receive free non-prescription Nicotine Replacement Therapy (e.g., patches) for the six-week period.

Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call 305-585-5319 or send an email to stopsmoking@jhsmiami.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Please fill out our Quit Smoking Now registration form, so we can learn about you and your tobacco use.

  • Download the Quit Smoking Now program registration form in English.
  • Para descargar el formulario de referencia para la programa para dejar de fumar en Español, por favor haga clic aquí.
  • Once complete, email it to stopsmoking@jhsmiami.org.

Quit Smoking Now

Jackson Health System’s smoking cessation program is designed to help you quit smoking now. The program is open to patients, employees, and visitors. The evidence-based program offers both Quit Smoking Now individual and group classes during the day and evening. While supplies last, those who participate in the tobacco cessation program are eligible to receive free non-prescription Nicotine Replacement Therapy (e.g., patches) for the six-week period.

Tobacco Cessation Resource Guide

Contact Us
To schedule an appointment, or for more information, please call 305-585-5319 or send an email to stopsmoking@jhsmiami.org. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Please fill out our Quit Smoking Now registration form, so we can learn about you and your tobacco use.

  • Download the Quit Smoking Now program registration form in English.
  • Para descargar el formulario de referencia para la programa para dejar de fumar en Español, por favor haga clic aquí.
  • Once complete, email it to stopsmoking@jhsmiami.org.