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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.

What Kind of Care Is Needed for Fractures?

Since fractures can range from minor (greenstick and stress fractures) to major (open compound fractures), treatment plans must be developed on a case-by-case basis. Trauma patients who require emergency care for fractures can typically expect to have surgery, likely on an emergent basis. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear the Medical Director of Trauma at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain how orthopedic traumatologists at our Trauma Center can provide emergent stabilization and fixation.

Internal Fixation
Many fracture patients who arrive in emergency care can be treated without surgery, often by using the traction method to gently align the bone ends. But when surgery is needed, open reduction and internal fixation are commonly used. The orthopedic traumatologist must first reposition the fragments of bone, which is known as reduction. Then, the fragments are fixed in place with the aid of surgical plates, screws, nails, or other implant materials. Internal fixation is an effective technique that typically allows patients to enjoy better healing.

External Fixation
If a trauma patient is not yet healthy enough to undergo surgery, an orthopedic traumatologist may use external fixators to temporarily stabilize the broken bones while the patient has other medical interventions for more serious injuries. In some cases, external fixators may be the primary treatment to stabilize the fragments until the bone is fully healed. After making small incisions, the physician inserts metal screws or pins into the bone. A bar, placed outside the skin, attaches to these implants.

Casts and functional casts or braces are applied to the affected body part after surgery or, in less severe cases, as the primary stabilization method for fractures. The cast can be removed when the bone is fully healed and it is safe to use the body part again.

Rehabilitation is an important component of fracture care. Some patients may work with an occupational therapist to learn how to do daily tasks while wearing a cast or brace. Physical therapy aims to strengthen weakened muscles, improve flexibility, and reduce pain.

Regional Medical Center of San Jose is the facility of choice for trauma patients in Santa Clara County. In addition to providing emergency care for trauma patients, we deliver a full suite of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, including specialized orthopedic rehab. If you require emergency care in San Jose, call 911 now. Otherwise, call a registered nurse at our hospital at (888) 762-8881.

Don't Let Holiday Decorating Cause Injuries in Your Household

Fall-related injuries are a top cause of disability among seniors, but during the holiday season, countless people of all ages sustain these injuries while decorating for the holidays. You can keep your family out of the hospital this holiday season by discussing safety precautions before decorating your home. From our family to yours, the emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose would like to wish your family a safe and healthy holiday season.

Dangers of Elevated Decorating
Emergency care visits for fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), and other fall-related injuries tend to spike during the holiday season. Therefore, it’s a good idea to ask someone else to climb a ladder for you if you have problems with balance or if you easily get dizzy. When you do use a ladder or stepladder, make sure that pets and young children are out of the area. Ask a responsible adult to stay near the bottom of the ladder, which should be firmly situated on even ground. Only hang decorations on areas that are well within your reach. Climb down and reposition the ladder to avoid overreaching and losing your balance.

Hazards for Young Children
Getting out boxes of holiday decorations will involve having plenty of sharp, breakable, and small objects within easy reach of young children. Keep your young kids safe by placing these boxes out of their reach. Keep potentially dangerous ornaments and all ornaments that require separate hooks at the top of the tree. Let young children hang plush ornaments that have attached loops.

Risks of House Fires
Many people prefer to use flameless LED candles, rather than real ones. If you do choose traditional burning candles, keep them out of reach of children and pets, and well away from flammable objects. Never leave a candle unattended. Tree fires are more common than you might think. Water your tree every day to prevent it from drying out. Only use lights that meet safety guidelines and inspect them for damage every year. If you purchase an artificial tree, choose one labeled “Fire Resistant.”

The newly renovated emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available on a 24/7 basis to provide rapid evaluations and medical interventions. Our emergency care team maintains an average wait time of just over 10 minutes, along with immediate care for patients with life-threatening conditions. If you have non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services in San Jose, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

What Are the Early Symptoms of Diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic medical condition that requires lifelong management. Early detection allows for treatment to begin as soon as possible, minimizing the risks of serious complications. For people with type 1 diabetes, the symptoms are often very noticeable, and diagnosis is sometimes made after they seek emergency care. Some people with type 2 diabetes, however, have symptoms that are so mild that they only find out about their condition through a routine blood test during a physical. Being alert to these symptoms and seeking medical care if they occur can help you catch diabetes in its early stages and reduce the risk of both short- and long-term complications.

Frequent Urination
When you have diabetes, your body can’t effectively process sugar in your blood stream, so it tries to flush it out through the kidneys. As your blood sugar levels rise, so does your need to urinate as your body works to remove sugar and toxins. Frequent urination also causes another common early symptom of diabetes – extreme thirst. The body becomes dehydrated from urinating so frequently, causing intense thirst that is difficult to quench until blood sugar levels return to normal.

Extreme Hunger
Because your body can’t effectively digest much of the food you’re eating when you have uncontrolled diabetes, nutrients don’t nourish your cells, and as a result, you feel very hungry. For people with type 1 diabetes in particular, weight loss may occur alongside a marked increase in eating.

Slow Healing Wounds
High blood sugar levels impact your circulation, slowing down the rush of healing nutrients to injuries. The excess sugar in your blood also feeds any infection that is present. These factors cause slow wound healing in people with diabetes.

Blurry vision, tingling in hands feet, and frequent yeast infections in women can all also indicate diabetes, so see a provider at Regional Medical Center of San Jose if they are happening to you. We provide emergency care in San Jose for diabetes complications and ongoing care management through our specialists. Call our hospital today at (888) 762-8881 for a physician referral or more information about services, including stroke care and robotic surgery.

Knowing When Headaches Require Medical Attention

Most people experience a headache at some point in their lives, and the vast majority of these headaches are minor and can be treated at home with rest and over-the-counter medications. In some cases, however, headaches can be an indicator of a more serious condition that requires emergency care. Here is what you need to know about when to seek medical care when a headache strikes.

It’s the worst headache you have ever had.
Sudden and intense headaches can indicate a serious medical condition, like a stroke or aneurysm, which require lifesaving emergency care. People who get headaches that indicate these serious conditions usually characterize them as the worst headaches they have ever had and very different from other types of headaches they have experienced. Sudden, severe headaches should be evaluated in the ER so that stroke care or another appropriate treatment can be provided quickly.

It occurs with speech, vision, or behavioral changes.
As Regional Medical Center of San Jose neurologist Dr. Raul Guisado explains in this video, having a stroke doesn’t make you more prone to later headaches. However, headaches can be indicators of a stroke, especially when they are accompanied by other stroke symptoms, like slurred speech, vision difficulties, and confusion. Because fast stroke care is so essential to stop the loss of brain tissue, these types of headaches should be evaluated in the ER.

The pain is getting worse and interfering with your activities.
Headache pain that continues to get worse and that prevents you from doing your normal activities could require emergency care. You may be suffering from a severe migraine or cluster headache that could benefit from prescription strength oral pain medication, medication injections, lidocaine, or inhaling highly concentrated oxygen.

The Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides emergency care 24 hours a day, 365 days per year for all of your urgent medical needs, from intense headaches to chest pain. Learn more about all of our hospital services today by calling (888) 762-8881.

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