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Appreciating Neonatal Nurses

If you’re anticipating the birth of your child, you may have already taken a tour of the maternity wing at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. At our community hospital, a team of highly trained providers works closely together to uphold best practices for mother and baby. Neonatal nurses play an important role in the maternity department. When an infant is born with special medical needs, a neonatal nurse is one of the professionals who will care for him or her.

Background and Training

The journey to become a neonatal nurse starts with an undergraduate degree in a nursing program. After earning an undergraduate degree, prospective neonatal nurses may complete a master’s degree and perhaps go on to complete a doctoral degree. Neonatal nurses obtain extensive experience working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and some of them also have general experience in pediatrics and well-newborn nurseries.

Roles and Responsibilities

The neonatal period of an infant’s life is the first 28 days of life. By definition, neonatal nurses provide care for infants during this time, although some infants will require specialized care beyond this point. A neonatal nurse is specifically trained to care for infants who were born with special medical needs that require them to remain within the NICU. Some examples of these medical needs include congenital heart defects, premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory impairment, and severe illnesses—just to name a few. Neonatal nurses perform a range of important tasks in the NICU, including changing feeding tubes, evaluating and adjusting monitoring devices, administering medications, and performing intubations. Babies need emotional and social support. Neonatal nurses provide that support by holding and rocking babies when the parents must be elsewhere.

Parent Education and Guidance

Another important aspect of neonatal nursing is providing parental education. Neonatal nurses help parents learn about their infants’ medical conditions and special needs. They can clarify discharge instructions and help parents connect with additional resources when needed.

The maternity care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides compassionate health services to the youngest of patients. Our neonatal nurses in San Jose are all highly trained professionals who are committed to improving outcomes for families. If you have questions about the Family Birthing Center in San Jose, you can contact a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.


Celebrating Skin Cancer Awareness

As summer draws to a close, many families put away their sunscreen. But ideally, skin cancer awareness should be embraced every month of the year and during all sorts of weather. Even on a cloudy day in December, the skin can still sustain damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Practicing skin cancer awareness year-round may help prevent this life-threatening disease from developing. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our team encourages our neighbors throughout the greater San Jose area to take a few simple precautions in order to prevent skin cancer.

Vitamin D

One major misconception about sun exposure is that it’s healthy to get vitamin D through unprotected sun exposure despite the increased risk of skin cancer. But in fact, even a small amount of unprotected sun exposure can inflict serious damage on the DNA of your skin cells. Instead, many healthcare experts recommend getting vitamin D through foods and supplements. Some good food sources include egg yolks, salmon, mackerel, tuna, and dairy products fortified with vitamin D.

Self-Examinations

It’s recommended that adults have a yearly skin exam from a doctor and that they also perform monthly self-exams. During a self-exam, carefully check your face, scalp, hands, ears, and all other body parts for unusual skin growths, sores, or other changes in the skin. You’ll likely need a family member to help you check certain areas like your back, ears, and scalp. Calling the attention of your doctor to abnormal skin changes can facilitate the early detection of problems.

Warning Signs

Know the ABCDEs of melanoma. This helpful mnemonic stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving. Potentially cancerous moles tend to be asymmetrical; that is, if you draw an imaginary line down the middle, the two sides will not match. They tend to have uneven or irregular borders, a variety of colors or shades in the same mole, and a diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser. They also tend to evolve or change over time.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers a full range of cancer care services, including screenings, surgical intervention, medical oncology, psychosocial and support services, and nutrition services. At our community hospital in San Jose, you’ll also find unparalleled stroke care, breast care, heart health services, and emergency care, just to name a few of our specialty hospital services. For general information about our hospital, call (888) 762-8881 and speak with a registered nurse.


When and Why You Should Vaccinate Your Kids

Vaccines are important tools that protect against serious preventable illnesses. Understanding the benefits of vaccination and following the right inoculation schedule will prevent your child from contracting or spreading illnesses, including measles, whooping cough, etc. Your San Jose children’s care provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can keep you apprised of the best schedule for your child’s vaccinations to ensure his or her vaccines are up-to-date.

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Child

Vaccination is a proven solution for the prevention of serious childhood disease. When your child is given a vaccine, he will develop a natural immunity that will eliminate the possibility of contracting the same disease if he is exposed in the future. Vaccination can thus prevent your child from contracting illnesses that could cause serious health consequences, protecting him from the health risks these conditions present. Furthermore, vaccinating your child helps to protect others as well by ensuring he cannot carry and transmit the disease to those who have not yet received vaccines or who cannot receive a vaccine due to allergies or other health concerns.

When You Should Vaccinate Your Child

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have several published recommended vaccination schedules for children. Some vaccines are recommended at birth or within 12-18 months, while others are given at the ages of four to six. Your local school district may also require certain vaccinations before your child begins school or before your child may enter specific grades. Furthermore, vaccinations such as the flu vaccine should be administered annually, as these vaccines target only the most likely strains to affect the population in a given year.

Do you have questions about your child’s vaccination needs? Regional Medical Center of San Jose has the health and wellness information you need to get your child ready for the upcoming school year. Please visit our San Jose hospital on the web or give our Consult-A-Nurse line a call at (888) 762-8881.


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.


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