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

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.

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.

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