Regional Medical Center of San Jose
Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers world-class healthcare to residents throughout the greater San Jose community.

When are toys potentially dangerous?

Parents often assume that if a toy is sold in the U.S., it has automatically met certain safety standards. But unfortunately, emergency care physicians across the U.S. treat about a quarter of a million kids for toy-related injuries in an average year. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose urges parents in our community to evaluate every toy for potential safety hazards before letting their little ones play.

When the toy isn’t recommended for a child’s age
Always check the packaging for the recommended age range. If your child is too young for a particular toy, you should keep it out of reach for the time being.

This can be tricky in households with children of different ages. If an older child has toys that a younger sibling shouldn’t play with, these toys should be restricted to one room in the home. The older child can store them on a shelf that the younger sibling can’t reach.

When they have sharp points or edges
Emergency care physicians see toy-related eye injuries all too often. Never let a young child play with a toy that has a sharp or rigid point. Additionally, make sure the toy won’t easily break into small or sharp components.

When they feature projectiles
Other types of toys that can cause eye injuries and vision loss include any that shoot projectiles. Keep your child out of emergency care by preventing him or her from playing with any of the following toys:

  • Slingshots
  • Darts
  • Bow and arrows
  • Toy guns

When toys present a risk of choking
Use the toilet tube test to find out if a toy has parts that are small enough to present a choking hazard. If any part of the toy can fit through a toilet paper tube, it’s too small for a young child. Additionally, consider whether any part of the toy could break off and then cause a choking incident.

It’s distressing to see a child in pain, which is why the healthcare providers at Regional Medical Center of San Jose work tirelessly to keep our ER wait times consistently below the national average. Please call 911 right away if your child has sustained a severe injury. For general information about our medical specialties available in San Jose, call our nurse referral line at (888) 762-8881.

Don't let your holidays end in stitches

No one expects holiday fun to end in a visit to emergency care, but holiday-related accidents are surprisingly common. Some of those accidents can result in minor to major lacerations and puncture wounds. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care specialists are available every day of the year, even on holidays, because we’re committed to protecting the lives of our neighbors. If you have a laceration that fits any of the criteria outlined in the accompanying video, you may need to visit our ER for stitches.

Wear shoes indoors
Foot lacerations can occur when someone steps on a breakable or sharp ornament. If your holiday festivities will include an indoor tree, take care to wear shoes indoors at all times.

Wearing shoes is particularly important for people with diabetes. Diabetes can result in nerve damage, which inhibits a person’s ability to perceive an injury. This chronic disease also inhibits blood circulation, which can lead to delayed wound healing.

Exercise caution on the roadways
Millions of people travel for the holidays. Regardless of how far you have to travel, be careful behind the wheel. The extra traffic—and the stress of getting to a relative’s house on time—increase the risk of accidents.

Being a defensive driver is a good idea throughout the holiday season, not just on the day itself. Holiday shoppers are often stressed about getting everything on their to-do list done, and this can lead them to drive more recklessly. Keep a close eye on the traffic patterns on all sides of your own vehicle.

Know how to carve a turkey safely
Turkey carving injuries are more common than you might think. A carving-related accident often involves severe hand and finger injuries, and these may require specialized emergency care. Protect your hands with these safe knife handling tips:

  • Sharpen the carving knife beforehand

  • Use an electric knife, if available

  • Cut away from your body and hands

  • Avoid placing a hand underneath the blade to catch the turkey slice

  • Ensure that your knife handle is dry

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help around the clock because the health and safety of our patients are our top priorities. Our emergency care physicians and nurses offer rapid pain management and comprehensive wound treatment. If you have a non-emergent medical need and would like to request a physician referral, you can call a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

Answers to your questions about the flu shot

Washing your hands thoroughly and frequently is a good way to protect yourself from contagious diseases, but it isn’t always enough. For maximum protection this flu season, talk to your doctor about getting a flu shot. Otherwise, there’s a possibility you’ll need emergency care for a severe case of influenza. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we understand that some people have concerns about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. We’re here to help. Our doctors and nurses provide patient-focused care that emphasizes active patient involvement.

Is the flu shot safe for me?

Only your doctor can answer this question. In general, public health experts recommend that everyone over the age of six months receive an annual flu shot, provided they don’t have any medical problems that would make vaccination problematic. Some of these contraindications include:

  • Life-threatening allergies to any ingredient in the vaccine
  • Life-threatening allergy to eggs (used to manufacture the vaccine)
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome

Some medical conditions may prevent a person from receiving the live flu vaccine, which is inhaled, but these individuals can generally still receive the injected vaccine.

Can I get the nasal spray vaccine?

The CDC isn’t recommending the inhaled flu vaccine for the second consecutive year. This is due to questions about its effectiveness in guarding against certain flu strains.

However, the injected flu vaccine is recommended. The flu shot has been updated to better protect families against the most commonly circulated strains of flu this season.

Who should get a high-dose shot?

The high-dose flu vaccine is intended especially for adults ages 65 and older. This particular formulation has extra antigen, which triggers the immune system to produce more antibodies.

Older adults are advised to get the high-dose shot because advanced age can interfere with the immune system’s capacity to respond well to the vaccine. With the extra antigen, it’s thought that the immune system will have a stronger response. Additionally, older adults are at a higher risk of severe flu symptoms and life-threatening flu-related complications.

Preventive healthcare is a priority here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , because our doctors and nurses live in the same San Jose communities as our patients. We’re committed to healthcare excellence across all of our departments—from emergency care to robotic surgery. Call (888) 762-8881 to speak with a registered nurse.

Should you be worried if your heart flutters?

Nearly everyone experiences the feeling of a fluttering heart from time to time. In some cases, it’s a response to an outside stimulus and not indicative of any medical problem. In other instances, it could be a clue you have a condition that needs to be evaluated by your physician. How can you tell the difference? Here’s what you need to know.

What are heart flutters?
As stated in the video, heart flutters - or heart palpitations - when your heart is not beating in its normal rhythm. You may feel as though your heart is beating much faster than normal or that it is beating erratically.

In some cases, heart palpitations come and go on their own. In other instances, they may linger for a longer period. You may also notice that your heart palpitations tend to happen at the same time or in the same circumstances, such as when you wake up in the morning or when you lie down.

What causes palpitations?
There is a long list of things that can cause heart palpitations. Some possible triggers include:

  • Medications
  • Caffeine
  • Low blood sugar
  • Arrhythmias
  • Anxiety
  • Heart disease
  • Nicotine

You may be able to notice clues about what is causing your heart palpitations by paying attention to when they occur. For instance, if your heart flutters after you have coffee, caffeine may be to blame. Keeping a journal of your symptoms and when they happen can be helpful to you and your doctor.

When should I call my physician?
If you experience heart palpitations and don’t know why, then call your physician so that he or she can make a diagnosis. Your physician may perform an EKG or may ask you to wear a monitor to see what your heart is doing over an extended period of time.

If you have heart palpitations and feel dizzy, overheated, or confused, or if you are experiencing chest tightness or pain, go to the emergency room for care.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides extensive heart care services, including specialized care for heart rhythm issues in our electrophysiology lab . For help with your heart health in San Jose, contact us at (888) 762-8881 to get a referral to a physician.

Dealing with holiday stress while you're pregnant

Even though the holidays are happy, they’re always a little stressful as well. The pressure of hosting guests, attending events, cooking, choosing gifts and more can be overwhelming, and when you’re pregnant that pressure is even more intense. Fortunately, there are things you can do to alleviate your holiday stress without putting your health or the health of your baby on the line. Beat holiday stress during pregnancy with this advice.

Know what your triggers are

The best way to stop stress is to prevent it from happening in the first place. By figuring out what stresses you out you can take steps to avoid those triggers.

When you feel stressed, ask yourself what started it. If standing in long lines at the mall is stressing you out, consider shopping online or changing the time you shop. If the idea of cooking a holiday meal is wearing you out, buy premade food and ask friends and family to help. By removing stressful things from your plate you’ll feel less overwhelmed.

Make time for rest

Being tired can also exacerbate stress, and when you’re pregnant you need more rest than usual. Make getting enough sleep each night your top priority and when you feel like you need to rest, allow yourself the time.

If possible, have a team on standby to jump in if you need help, such as a friend you can call to keep an eye on your other kids while you get a nap. You’ll be much less likely to feel overwhelmed if you are rested.

Choose healthy foods

Reaching for empty calories will leave you and your baby feeling depleted, and that will make it harder for you to cope with any stress that does arise. Choose a well-balanced diet with a variety of lean proteins, whole-grain carbs, fruits, and vegetables.

There are often calorie-rich foods packed with sugars and fats around during the holidays. Some indulgences are fine, but make sure you stick to a healthy eating plan throughout the season.

At the Family Birthing Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we’re committed to helping moms and babies have the healthiest possible pregnancies, labors, and deliveries. Find out for yourself why so many moms choose to have their babies at our hospital in San Jose, and contact us to arrange a tour. Call (888) 762-8881 for more information.

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