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Why Bike Safety Isn't Just for Kids

In the San Jose region, many people regularly commute to work on two wheels, rather than four. Bicycling is a great way to stay physically active while enjoying pollution-free transportation, but it isn’t without its own risks. Bicyclists can collide with pedestrians, motor vehicles, or stationary objects and inflict significant injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on themselves and on others. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care personnel urge our neighbors to promote bicycle safety at every age.

Understanding the Risks

It’s well-known that cars present serious crash risks, but the risks of cycling are often dismissed as being insignificant. But in fact, California leads the nation in cyclist fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 141 cyclist deaths in California in 2013 alone, which was highest in the country for that time period. The NHTSA notes that the majority of cyclist fatalities affected males (87%). Furthermore, cyclist fatalities don’t only affect children and teens. In 2013, 91 of the cyclists killed in California were men between the ages of 55 and 59. Seniors ages 65 and older who enjoy bicycling are also at a high risk of accidents and traffic fatalities. Clearly, cycling safety is crucial for people of all ages.

Being a Good Role Model

Another reason to practice smart cycling safety as an adult or senior is for the benefit of the younger generation. Kids are very good mimickers. When kids see an adult riding a bike without a helmet, the kids may be more likely to be noncompliant when an adult tells them to wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet, obeying traffic regulations, and generally exercising caution while on a bike are all effective ways to be a good role model for kids.

If you do become involved with an accident, you can rely on the emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our community hospital in San Jose also provides exceptional stroke care, heart health services, breast care, and robotic surgery. For non-emergent situations, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.


Understanding the Many Tasks Taken on by ER Physicians

Emergency care physicians are specially trained to handle the unique needs of emergent patients. You can hear more about the many responsibilities of emergency care physicians when you watch this featured video, which is an interview with the Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. She explains that in addition to providing life-saving interventions, ER doctors have the skills and experience necessary to handle a broad range of non-life-threatening medical emergencies.

Coordination

One of the tasks that ER staff members are responsible for is coordinating a patient’s care with emergency medical service (EMS) personnel, typically before the patient even arrives at the hospital. When EMS providers are called to a patient with a life-threatening emergency, they quickly evaluate that patient’s medical status and relay this information to the ER team. This allows the ER doctors to be prepared to immediately initiate evaluation and stabilization procedures to save that patient’s life.

Evaluation

Before ER doctors can administer treatments, they must confirm the patient’s diagnosis. For example, they cannot assume that a patient’s stroke is caused by a blood clot and administer clot-busting drugs until this diagnosis is confirmed. This is because hemorrhagic strokes are caused by bleeding on the brain and are treated differently.

Stabilization

ER doctors can stabilize critically ill or injured patients in a number of ways. They might use a defibrillator to restore a patient’s heartbeat or they might provide respiratory support to patients who are having trouble breathing. Sometimes, stabilizing a patient might involve administering intravenous fluids or drugs.

Referral

Once the patient’s condition is under control, he or she may be referred for additional treatment. The patient might be referred to the intensive care unit (ICU) or to the operating room (OR). In less serious circumstances, a patient at the ER might receive treatment for a minor medical problem and be discharged with instructions to schedule a follow-up visit with the primary care physician or a specialist.

The newly remodeled and expanded emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose facilitates our patients’ prompt and compassionate treatment. Our emergency care team has developed close relationships with EMS personnel throughout San Jose to coordinate care and support rapid medical evaluations. Visit us online or call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our hospital services, which include breast care, stroke care, and heart health services.


Why Do Women Typically Live Longer Than Men?

According to both common lore and statistics, women tend to live longer than men. There are a number of factors behind this trend, but it’s important to note that a shorter lifespan compared to that of a woman is not inevitable. For Men’s Health Month this June, consider talking to your physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose about your health status, risk factors, and lifestyle. Making a few simple changes might keep you out of the emergency care department.

Heart Disease

The leading reason why women tend to live longer than men is heart disease. It’s true that women are at risk of heart disease, but their greatest risk of heart disease comes after menopause. As you’ll discover when you watch this featured video, this is largely due to the protection given to women by their estrogen levels. In short, it’s best not to take your heart health for granted. Your heart health can be affected by underlying medical conditions and your lifestyle habits. Being proactive about your cardiovascular wellness may minimize your risk of requiring emergency care at a heart hospital.

Lung Disease

Another reason why women tend to live longer than men is lung diseases, including emphysema and lung cancer. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cigarette smoking causes one in five deaths, which makes it the most common cause of preventable death in the U.S. As of 2014, the CDC reported that almost 19 out of every 100 adult men are smokers, compared to almost 15 out of every 100 adult women.

Depression

It is thought that depression is more common among women than men. However, men who do have depression and who harbor suicidal thoughts may be more likely to succeed in their suicide attempts compared to women in the same situation. Additionally, men tend to be less likely to seek help from their family physicians or psychologists than women.

At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, you’ll find caring family physicians and specialists who can give you all the medical guidance you need to make informed decisions for your wellness. Our state-of-the-art medical facility in San Jose offers compassionate stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services. If you have a general healthcare question for our registered nurse, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.


What Are the Most Common Foot and Ankle Injuries Caused by Summer Footwear?

Occasionally wearing flip-flops is not generally a cause for alarm. In fact, podiatrists generally recommend wearing this classic summertime footwear while in a public pool, locker room, and shower areas to guard against fungal infections. But regular use of unsupportive sandals can lead painful foot and ankle problems. In some cases, flip-flop devotees may even require emergency care for certain injuries such as ankle sprains. If you do suffer a foot or ankle injury this summer, the emergency care physicians of Regional Medical Center of San Jose are here to help.

Ankle Sprains

Sandals and other popular summertime footwear offer little to no support for your feet and ankles. This means that you’re at an increased risk of twisting your ankle, especially if you run or jump while wearing your flip-flops. The twisting motion can result in a sprained ankle, which refers to a stretching or tearing injury of the ligament. Most ankle sprains are successfully treated with conservative therapy, which includes rest, cold therapy, compression, and elevation, followed by physical therapy and the use of a walking boot.

Broken Toes

Open-toed sandals leave your feet vulnerable to toe injuries. In minor cases, this might involve stubbing the toes on a hard object. In severe cases, broken toes can result. After confirming the fracture with X-rays, the emergency care doctor might immobilize a broken toe by taping it to the adjacent toe. You might also need to wear a special shoe or walking cast. In more severe cases, patients with broken toes require surgery.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can develop when a person walks with unsupportive footwear such as flip-flops. This condition involves the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. It results in a sharp pain of the heel when weight is placed on the foot. Plantar fasciitis is usually treatable with orthotics, night splints, and physical therapy.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose brings together leading specialists in orthopedic medicine and rehabilitation care to get you back on your feet after an injury. Families throughout the San Jose area can rely on our community hospital for exceptional emergency care, heart health services, stroke care, and robotic surgery. Our Consult-A-Nurse line is available at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our lines of service.


Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen Use for Skin Cancer Prevention

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but there are steps individuals can take to reduce their risk of this life-threatening disease. Residents of sunny San Jose can manage their skin health by regularly applying appropriate sunscreen products. If you have any questions about the proper use of sunscreen, a physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose will be happy to assist you.

Knowing When to Use Sunscreen

It’s often thought that sunscreen isn’t necessary on chilly or cloudy days. But in fact, even on a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun can penetrate a person’s skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Since sunscreen can only protect you from skin cancer when it’s applied properly, it’s important to apply it every day that you intend on being outdoors longer than a few minutes. This includes the time spent in your car; UV rays can penetrate your car windows and damage your skin.

Selecting Sunscreen Products

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen that offers broad spectrum protection, which means that it guards against both UV-A and UV-B rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30.

Applying Sunscreen Products

Apply sunscreen to all areas of exposed skin, including your ears, face, and hands. Every time you apply sunscreen, you should use about one ounce, which is about the amount that would fill a shot glass. Individuals who use less sunscreen than this aren’t getting the full protection of the product. It’s best to apply sunscreen about 20 minutes before you plan on going outdoors and to reapply it every two hours. If you’re going swimming or sweating profusely, reapply sunscreen more frequently. Remember to apply lip balm with a high SPF to protect your lips. Additionally, ophthalmologists recommend wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

Prevention is always preferable, but when you or a loved one does require cancer care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help. In addition to our oncology services, our hospital in San Jose is a leading provider of breast care, robotic surgery, stroke care, and heart health services. To request a referral to one of our providers, call (888) 762-8881 and speak with a registered nurse.


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