• Taking a Closer Look at Pediatric Occupational Therapy

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    Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of rehabilitative care often associated with adult patients, but it can be used in a pediatric setting with its own unique guidelines to help children learn age-appropriate skills for improved social and personal development. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we provide pediatric occupational therapy with personalized patient care to address challenges in physical, sensory, or cognitive development, which may be associated with a number of different conditions and causes of disability. With ongoing OT, a child facing traumatic injury, developmental disorders , or birth injury may be able to gain independence and participate in more normal activities that kids enjoy for a happier childhood.

    Reasons for children to have OT

    Any child that has trouble with fine motor skills, social interaction, sensory skills, or coordination may benefit from pediatric OT . Common conditions addressed through this type of therapy include cancer, spina bifida, orthopedic injuries, autism, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Because there is a fairly wide range of disorders addressed through therapy, pediatric occupational therapists work one-on-one with children to assess their unique needs and design activities most appropriate for them.

    OT guidelines for young patients

    Occupational therapy is different from physical therapy, since the primary focus is on fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, cognitive development, and sensory processing rather than pain, endurance, and gross motor skills. In pediatric OT, a therapist may help a child learn basic grooming tasks, handwriting and typing, appropriate social behaviors, and hand-eye coordination. Activities utilize toys and instruments that children may use in their daily lives so that therapy has an immediate and clear benefit in a child’s regular activities.

    If you think your child may benefit from occupational therapy, connect with Regional Medical Center for a look at our rehabilitation services online or at (888) 762-8881. We offer a number of rehabilitation programs for patients of all ages and backgrounds. 

  • Innovative Lung Cancer Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

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    Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. However, when lung cancer is identified early on, the chances of survival are dramatically increased. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose has invested in the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the field on interventional pulmonology, which includes procedures that are generally safer and easier on patients than conventional surgeries and other cancer treatments. Below you can explore some of the state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities we utilize to provide the best possible care for patients with lung cancer and individuals with a high risk for the disease.

    Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy

    Conventional bronchoscopic procedures allow interventional pulmonologists a view inside the lungs to check for possible lesions. With Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB), your physician will have the capability to locate, biopsy, and plan treatment for tumors detected deep in the lung tissue. This can allow the detection of lung cancer before it spreads to other areas of the lungs and lymph nodes. Sophisticated GPS-like technology lets the pulmonologist explore the lungs through the natural airways, allowing access to lesions that are inaccessible with other bronchoscopic techniques.

    Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    When tumors are not able to be accessed with traditional surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery can be an effective treatment option that utilizes radiation to eradicate cancerous tissue. With fiducial marker placement, a minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient setting, the pulmonologist can identify tumors to ensure precise delivery of radiation for more effective cancer care.

    For more facts on lung cancer and a closer look at your treatment options in San Jose, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. Our interventional pulmonology team includes specialists in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and thoracic surgery to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach that maximizes the potential for lung cancer treatment and early diagnoses.

  • Understanding the Dangers of Distracted Driving

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    Distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents in the United States, many of which lead to traumatic injuries and fatalities that could have been avoided with better driving practices. There are many possible sources of distraction on the road, but the most prevalent in today’s society is cell phones. By making phone calls, texting, and using smartphone apps, drivers are keeping their eyes and ears off the road while their hands are busy operating the phone rather than the vehicle. Teens and young adults are the biggest culprits of distracted driving related to cell phone use, but the danger exists for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who may encounter a distracted driver. Below you can get a look at the costs of distracted driving as well as some measures that could prevent poor driving habits.

    Increased Accident Risks

    Spending just five seconds with your eyes off the road (the time it takes to send or read a text message) driving at 55 miles per hour, you will cover the length of a football field without knowing what is going on around you. When you consider that one quarter of teens report that they respond to at least one text message every time they get behind the wheel, there are a significant number of drivers with their eyes off the road at any given time. 

    Annual Deaths and Injuries

    As a result of distracted driving, about 3,328 people were killed and another 421,000 people were injured in 2012. In fatal accidents, individuals in their 20s made up 27% of the drivers responsible.

    Distraction Prevention

    Most cell phones feature a driving mode, which will automatically respond to text messages and limit the availability of apps. This feature can reduce the temptation of using a cell phone while driving—especially for teens who are less experienced on the road. You should also be conscious of other possible distractions like eating and drinking, adjusting your music, personal grooming, and talking with passengers. Working to reduce these behaviors in yourself and those around you can have a big impact on the safety of roads in your community.

    For more tips on road safety, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. You can also visit us online to explore the services of our level II trauma center , which may provide lifesaving resources for individuals who have suffered serious injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers. 

  • National Donate Life Month: Why Become an Organ Donor?

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    Becoming an organ donor only takes a few minutes, but the decision to be an organ donor can change a number of lives by offering hope to many patients in need. To become an organ donor, your first step will be adding your name to the state donor registry, which may be done when you apply for a driver’s license or through a web-based service. Once you have been added to the registry, you might share the decision with your family so that you know your wishes will be carried out accordingly. By choosing to be an organ donor, you have the potential to save up to eight lives and touch the lives of many more people with tissue transplants following trauma, spinal injuries, or vision loss.

    Organ Donors Make Transplants Possible

    Organ transplants can give people a second chance at life, but these transplants are only possible with the help of organ donors. In a single year, organ donors will facilitate 28,000 lifesaving transplants , and another 1 million patients will benefit from cornea and tissue transplants that can greatly improve their quality of life.

    Many Patients Die Every Year Waiting for Organ Transplants

    While many lives are saved by organ donations, there are still thousands of patients who will not get the transplants they need in time. On average, it can take up to 5 years for a kidney transplant, 4 months for heart and lung transplants, and 11 months for liver transplants.

    There Is No Financial Burden for Organ Donors or Their Families

    When you are an organ donor, the medical expenses of transplantation do not fall on you or your family, regardless of whether you are a living or deceased donor.

    April is National Donate Life Month, which might inspire you to make a difference as a donor. To explore more of the benefits of signing up as a donor, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. Our registered nurses are available 24/7 to answer your questions, provide physician referrals, and offer details about our hospital services. 

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