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Keep Medication Out of Your Children's Reach

Every responsible parent spends considerable time childproofing the home before bringing the new arrival home from the hospital. But effective childproofing is actually an ongoing task. Long after your child begins walking and climbing, you’ll need to be vigilant about keeping hazardous items like medications away from his or her reach. It only takes a few seconds for serious poisoning to occur. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care services can help kids from San Jose recover after an accident.

Identify the Hazards
Prescription medications are a common hazard for children, even when the medication is prescribed to them. But there are many other hazardous products that children might be tempted to investigate, including vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Cough syrup, inhalers, eye drops, and even diaper rash creams are all potential hazards.

Keep Containers Sealed
The first step in preventing a visit to the emergency care department is to keep all containers tightly sealed. Turn the cap on a pill bottle until it locks into place. Screw on lids of vitamin supplement containers tightly.

Place Items Out of Reach
After ensuring that each hazardous item is tightly sealed, place these items in a place where your child cannot access them. Children are naturally curious and will often climb on top of toilet seats and counters to investigate cabinets. The safest way to store medications is to keep them under lock and key. Return each item to the secured location promptly after each use.

Communicate with Caregivers
If a caregiver must give your child medicine, you should print out detailed instructions regarding when to administer which medication and how much of it to administer. Emphasize the importance of storing medications safely and immediately after each use. Similarly, if a caregiver or house guest brings their own medications into your home, ask them to store the items safely during their stay. Leave a list of emergency numbers for caregivers, including numbers to the local hospital and Poison Control Center.

If your child does access medications or other hazardous products, please call 911 for emergency care. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available 24/7 to treat pediatric health emergencies. For non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services in San Jose, you can call a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

What to Do When a Patient Refuses to Go to the ER

Emergency care services can save the lives of patients who suffer serious medical problems, but what happens when a patient refuses to go to the hospital? Some patients refuse emergency care simply because they don’t want to be a burden to others, while others may feel that the medical emergency will go away by itself. As a concerned family member, friend, or bystander, there are a few steps you can take to encourage the patient to go to the emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Explain Your Reasoning
Use a calm tone of voice and non-judgmental language to explain to the patient why you feel he or she should be seen at a hospital. You might point out some of the symptoms you’ve noticed, such as impaired movement or slurred speech. You could also try asking the patient why he or she doesn’t want to go to the hospital. Then, offer your assistance in resolving these obstacles.

Contact Family Members
If you aren’t related to the patient, it may be helpful to contact the patient’s immediate family members. Their efforts to convince the patient to seek care may get better results. You could also offer to call the patient’s primary care physician.

Call 911
In most cases, it’s preferable to simply call 911 and request Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Watch this featured video to hear an emergency care physician at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain the role of the EMS team. EMS personnel are trained to handle these types of situations. They can evaluate the patient’s medical condition and try to convince him or her to get medical help. Ultimately, however, the patient does have the right to refuse care. If the EMS team is successful in their efforts to convince the patient, the patient can be brought to the ER right away. Otherwise, it’s a good idea to stay with the patient in case his or her condition worsens.

The emergency care and trauma care teams at Regional Medical Center of San Jose closely coordinate with local EMS personnel to facilitate optimal outcomes for our patients. If you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency in the San Jose area, please call 911 without delay. General questions about our hospital services are handled by our registered nurses at (888) 762-8881.

2017 Flu Cases on the Rise

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? If not, it’s not too late to make a quick visit to your community hospital in San Jose. Influenza can be a serious illness and health experts say the current flu season is particularly concerning. As cases of Influenza A (H3N2) viruses continue to rise, getting vaccinated becomes increasingly important. If you do develop severe flu symptoms this year, you can find the emergency care you need at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Flu Activity
Flu activity fluctuates, but is generally most prevalent in the U.S. between December and March. Many people contract the flu earlier or later than this peak period. For the 2016 to 2017 flu season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has identified four viruses that research suggests will be most troublesome this year.

Current Recommendations
The CDC recommends that everyone ages six months and older receive an annual flu shot, with the exception of certain people who have medical conditions that interfere. In previous years, some patients had the option of using the inhaled mist vaccine, but the CDC is recommending against its use for this flu season due to concerns about its effectiveness. Instead, consider getting the conventional flu shot if you haven’t already done so. The flu shot is particularly important for people with a high risk of flu complications, including young children, the elderly, patients with compromised immune systems, and patients with certain chronic diseases. It’s also a good idea for individuals who work with at-risk populations to get an annual flu shot to protect the community.

Protective Measures
In addition to getting an annual flu shot, there are some simple ways you can keep your family out of the hospital this season. Wash your hands frequently and ask your family members to do the same. Disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, remote controls, and phones.

When your family is in need of emergency care near San Jose, you can always count on the team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our highly-trained ER physicians strive to maintain ER wait times that are consistently below the national average. You can reach a registered nurse to ask non-emergent questions by calling (888) 762-8881.

4 Ways to Improve Your Health in the New Year

Making resolutions is a popular way to get a fresh mindset for the next 12 months, but many people have a hard time keeping their New Year’s resolutions longer than a few weeks. There are many different strategies you can use to keep your resolutions, such as by breaking down major goals into a series of small, actionable steps. But arguably, the most important strategy is to plan for how you will get back on track when you begin to go off course. If you’re struggling to meet your health goals, consider speaking with a provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

Be a Non-Smoker
There are scores of smoking cessation resources available in the U.S., but all of them require that you take the first step by deciding to be smoke-free. Quitting smoking is an incredibly impactful way to improve not only your own health but the well-being of your loved ones. Children of smokers, for example, are more likely to suffer severe asthma attacks, frequent ear infections, and even sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Embrace an Active Lifestyle
Regular physical activity reduces your risk of chronic diseases, improves your body’s ability to manage certain medical conditions such as diabetes, and helps fight depression and anxiety disorders. Being active can be more enjoyable when you invite a friend or family member to run, walk, or bike with you. If you have a medical condition, consider speaking with your doctor about starting a new exercise program.

Practice Good Sleep Hygiene
Getting enough sleep every night assists with chronic disease prevention. Good sleep hygiene includes following a consistent sleep/wake schedule, avoiding caffeine and alcohol in the evening, keeping your bedroom dark, and maintaining a comfortable bedroom temperature.

Apply for a Volunteer Position
Volunteering in a hospital, homeless shelter, or elsewhere might not seem like a health goal at first blush. But it’s a great way to cultivate your positive mood and manage stress effectively. Mental health is as important as physical health, so it should factor into your resolutions.

From emergency care to cancer care and in all our other departments, the dedication of our providers to improving the well-being of our patients is unparalleled. Regional Medical Center of San Jose is your partner in wellness and we encourage families throughout the San Jose area to explore our healthcare resources. Call (888) 762-8881 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse line.

Keep Food Poisoning Off of Your Holiday Menu

Salmonella, E. coli, and listeria are some of the most common causes of foodborne illnesses in the U.S. and unfortunately, holidays often bring an uptick in emergency care visits because of these illnesses. Prevent foodborne illnesses from disrupting your holiday plans by taking some simple precautions this year. And if a loved one does require emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is always available to lend a hand.

Kitchen Cleanliness
Maintaining cleanliness in the kitchen can effectively curb the transfer of germs. Scrub kitchen surfaces and your hands before and after preparing food. Wash your hands again after handling raw eggs, meats, and similar foods. Beware of cross-contamination; use a plastic cutting board for all raw meats and a separate cutting board for vegetables. Avoid using any unwashed dishes, utensils, or other items after they were used for raw meat. Placing cooked meat on a platter that was used to hold raw meat will allow germs to contaminate the cooked meat.

Internal Temperature
Turkeys, roasts, and similar dishes are popular holiday meals, but make sure they are cooked to the proper internal temperature. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. For large items, including whole turkeys, insert the thermometer into several of the thickest sections to ensure a uniform internal temperature. These are the recommended minimum internal temperatures for food expressed in degrees Fahrenheit:

  • All poultry: 165
  • Pork: 145
  • Lamb: 145
  • Beef roasts: 145
  • Ground meats: 160
  • Non-shell seafood: 145

Timely Refrigeration
Another important step in preventing foodborne illnesses this holiday season is to promptly refrigerate raw, perishable foods and cooked foods, especially meats and egg dishes. If you’re bringing a dish to a holiday gathering, place it in a cooler with plenty of ice and heat it up if necessary when you arrive at your destination. If you’re setting out a holiday buffet, keep warm dishes on hot plates or in slow cookers.

If a severe illness does affect your family this holiday season, you can count on the emergency care physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. In addition to high-quality, responsive care for medical emergencies, our hospital is a leading provider of stroke care, heart health services, robotic surgery, and many other specialty services. To request a referral to a provider in San Jose, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

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