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Knowing What Can Happen When You Text and Drive

Distracted driving means operating a vehicle while engaged in a secondary activity, such as eating, reading a map, or texting on a cellphone. While glancing at your cell phone for a few seconds may seem inconsequential, emergency care providers often treat automobile accident victims who were injured as a result of cell phone usage while behind the wheel. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that approximately 660,000 drivers are using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving at any given time during the day, making texting and driving a serious and widespread issue that is important to address within your family.

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Texting while driving is so dangerous because it takes your eyes and your concentration off the road for vital periods of time. Even though you may think it doesn’t take long to check or send a text, averting your eyes from the road for just five seconds while traveling at 55 mph allows your car to travel the length of a football field without your attention on the road. In 2014, distracted driving—including driving while texting—was responsible for 431,000 injuries and 3,179 deaths.

Prevention of Texting and Driving

In today’s fast-paced world, it can be difficult to disconnect even for a short while. However, there are many ways to ensure that drivers refrain from texting while driving for safety. Placing your cell phone in the backseat is a simple way to ensure it is out of reach so you won’t feel tempted to check your texts while behind the wheel. Alternatively, there are several apps available that pair a motion detector with your cell phone to turn off texting capabilities while the car is in motion.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is committed to delivering high-quality health care at our hospital and emergency care center in San Jose. You can find more details about our hospital services, classes, and events by phone at (888) 762-8881, or when you visit our website, where you’ll also find the latest ER wait times and a link to our iNotify emergency room notification app.


Trampolines Pose Dangers for Kids

Healthy play is important for cardiovascular wellness and muscular strength. However, it’s important to ensure that your children are playing on equipment that is both safe and appropriate. While trampolines are a common sight in many family backyards, they can pose a serious danger to children when used improperly or unsupervised—in fact, trampolines send hundreds of thousands of children to emergency care facilities across the nation every year.

Trampolines and Common Injuries

Trampoline use is associated with a wide range of injuries with the potential to send children to the emergency room. Head and neck injuries are among the most serious trampoline-related injuries, but trampolines can also cause serious cuts and fractures as well. Most injuries occur when children flip or tumble in midair, causing them to land on their head, neck, or shoulders. Other injuries may occur when children bounce too close to the edge of the trampoline and come into contact with the springs, frame, or ground.

Trampolines and Safe Play

Both general and emergency care providers agree that whenever possible, it’s best to skip the trampoline and encourage your kids to take part in other healthy cardiovascular activities, such as walking, bicycling, and swimming. If you do choose to allow your children to play on a trampoline, always inspect the equipment first to ensure it is secure and in good condition. Make sure to instruct children to use the trampoline one at a time and never allow flips or somersaults. Finally, always supervise children while they’re on the trampoline and take action immediately to stop behaviors that could result in injuries.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourages your family to engage in healthy and safe physical activity this year. We invite you to visit our hospital serving San Jose on the web, where you can find more information about our departments, services, and community resources. If you’d like answers to your healthcare questions or a physician referral, you can reach a registered nurse via our Consult-A-Nurse line today at (888) 762-8881.


Signs to Look for When You Suspect a Concussion

A concussion is an injury to the brain that often occurs due to a fall or a blow to the head. These injuries can happen to anyone at any time, and symptoms may occur immediately or several hours or even days after the initial injury. If you notice any of the possible signs of a concussion following a blow to the head, it’s best to seek prompt emergency care for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Headache or Perception Issues

Some of the most common symptoms of a concussion include headache, ringing in the ears, and changes in perception that affect the senses. An individual suffering from a concussion may lose his sense of smell or taste, or experience blurry vision or other visual disturbances.

Cognitive or Mood Changes

Confusion and memory loss may also occur following a concussion; confusion may manifest as one or several changes in cognition, including increased distractibility, the inability to complete a set sequence of actions, or trouble maintaining a coherent stream of thought or speech. Other cognitive changes associated with concussions include difficulty concentrating on tasks or solving problems. Additionally, concussions may cause changes in mood, such as unfounded irritation, anxiety, or mood swings.

Nausea or Balance Issues

Concussions can affect the body’s sense of balance. These injuries may cause trouble balancing or walking, as well as feelings of vertigo and lightheadedness. In extreme cases, a loss of consciousness may occur. Individuals may also experience nausea or vomiting after sustaining a concussion.

The newly-expanded emergency department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to offer diagnostic imaging and emergency care in San Jose for injuries and illnesses of any kind. You can find out more about our 43-bed ER or check out our current emergency care wait times on our website, or call (888) 762-8881 to reach a registered nurse for more information.


Recognizing and Acting on Summertime Emergencies

Fun in the summer sun is a great way to bring together family members and friends. But if you’re planning to head to the beach, host a family picnic, or enjoy a workout in the summer sun this season, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the warning signs of medical problems. The summer heat in San Jose can quickly lead to heat-related illnesses, dehydration, and other problems. If you or a loved one does require emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help.

Dehydration

Unless it’s treated quickly, dehydration can become severe enough to require emergency care. Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s important to seek appropriate care for this condition. Mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration include headache, muscle cramps, dry and cool skin, dark yellow urine, thirst, and a dry, sticky mouth. Severe dehydration can cause very low to no urine output, confusion, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, unconsciousness, delirium, shock, and sunken eyes.

Heat-Related Illnesses

When someone is having fun outdoors, it can be difficult to convince him or her to cool off or even to seek emergency care when the symptoms of heat-related illnesses arise. Watch this featured video to hear a doctor at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain how you can help reluctant patients get the care they need. You just might save a life, since heat-related illnesses can become life-threatening. Some of the signs of heat exhaustion include a rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, confusion, headache, and muscle cramps. If heat exhaustion is allowed to progress to heatstroke, the signs and symptoms can include a very high temperature, blurry vision, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, weakness, and seizures.

The emergency care physicians and nurses at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourage our neighbors to become aware of the red flags of common medical emergencies and to seek immediate help when necessary. In addition to our emergency care services, our community hospital is a leading provider of stroke care, breast care, and robotic surgery for residents throughout the greater San Jose area. General healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.


Hot Car Death Prevention

The death of a child is always a tragic occurrence, but it’s even more heartbreaking when the death could have been easily prevented. Each summer, some infants, and young children will lose their lives because their parents or caregivers inadvertently left them in the car. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourages parents and caregivers to become better aware of the dangers of leaving children in cars. A child can lose his or her life in less than an hour—even with the windows rolled down. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child alone in a car.

Look Before You Leave

Get into the habit of checking your backseat before you lock your car and walk away. Instead of just glancing in the back, open the back door. This prevents the possibility that a child could be hiding on the floor of the car after having climbed into the car unnoticed.

Place a Needed Object with the Child

When buckling your child into his or her car seat, leave your briefcase, purse, or cell phone next to the car seat instead of placing these objects in the front passenger seat. This reduces the risk that you’ll leave the car and forget that your child is in the back.

Use a Visual Reminder

In addition to using the other strategies, you can also use visual reminders to help you get into the habit of checking the backseat. Keep a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat at all times. This can remind you to look in the back before you leave the car. You could even post a reminder note to your dashboard; use brightly colored paper.

Keep the Car Doors Locked

Many people neglect to lock their car doors while their car is safely parked at home, but this can lead to tragedy if a curious child climbs inside. After making sure your child is safely out of the car, roll up the windows and lock the doors.

If a parent or bystander realizes that a child has been left alone in a car, 911 should be called immediately. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is comprised of highly trained professionals who are dedicated to saving the lives of our patients. Patients in San Jose can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our hospital services, which include stroke care, robotic surgery, breast care, and heart health services.


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