• Answers to Your Questions About Pain Medication Safety

    Pain medication is intended to help patients manage pain during recovery from an injury or surgical procedure; painkillers may also be used to improve the quality of life for those with chronic pain conditions or other health issues that cause pain. Understanding how pain medication works and how to use it properly is a positive step toward better health for yourself and those around you. Before you leave the hospital , your physician will work with you to ensure you understand your pain medication and how to take it safely.

    How Should I Store My Medication?

    Once you receive your pain medication, check the packaging for instructions regarding storage. Most medication should be stored in a conditioned living space with low humidity and kept out of direct sunlight. If you live in a home with children, make sure to store medication in a place where they cannot reach or accidentally access it.

    Should I Be Concerned About Addiction?

    Over time, your body may become used to the pain medication dosage you are taking, requiring more to achieve the same effect; additionally, the body can become dependent on some medications, causing discomfort when you stop taking them. When you are through with your medication regimen, your physician will slowly reduce the dosage you are taking to avoid withdrawal and eliminate any dependence your body has developed.

    What Do I Do With Leftover Medication?

    If you have leftover medication, it’s essential to dispose of it properly to avoid potential harm to others. You should never give anyone your unused medication, even if it hasn’t expired, and avoid throwing unused medication away in its original packaging in the trash. Talk to your care provider if you aren’t sure how to manage any leftover medication.

    At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we can help you manage all aspects of your health, including short- and long-term pain management. You can find out more about our hospital and urgent care center in San Jose on our website or by calling (888) 762-8881.

  • What Are the Most Common Types of Trauma?

    Trauma refers to any physical injury; in most cases, a traumatic injury causes serious harm and puts your long-term wellness or even your life at risk. When you experience a traumatic injury, it’s essential to seek emergency care at a hospital for a complete evaluation and professional treatment. The Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers urgent care and emergency care for patients in Santa Clara County at our newly-remodeled ER facility.

    Road Accidents

    Car, truck, motorcycle, and bicycle accidents are the most common causes of trauma injuries treated in emergency facilities. The injuries that may result from a road accident can include fractures, soft tissue injuries, and head injuries such as concussions. Road-related trauma varies in severity depending on the type of vehicles involved, the speed of the vehicles during the collision, and other road or weather conditions. Impact-related injuries are trauma sustained by the body when a part of the body impacts the interior of a vehicle or the road; penetrating injuries refer to cuts and scrapes that may be caused by broken glass or other loose objects.


    Falls are another common type of traumatic injury often evaluated at urgent care and emergency care centers. Slips and falls can occur anywhere, including workplaces, homes, and public areas. While many slips and falls cause only minor trauma, older individuals can sustain severe injuries that include fractures, internal bleeding, and head injuries, even when falling from a standing or sitting position. In younger patients, falls from a greater height or falls and other associated trauma that occur during sporting events are common, and should always be evaluated by a physician to determine the extent of the trauma and the best course of care.

    At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our physicians are dedicated to providing fast, compassionate emergency and urgent care in San Jose. If you have questions or concerns about your health or the services available at our hospital, you can find out more by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 762-8881.

  • Knowing What to Do When a Dog Bites

    Even the most mild-mannered dog may bite when feeling frightened, confused, or hurt. Dog bites can cause harm in many ways, from injuring tissue and bone to putting you at risk for illness or infection. Following a dog bite, administering first aid and seeking urgent wound care will ensure that any injuries are handled properly for a faster recovery and improved wellness.

    Wash and Cover Minor Bites

    If you have been bitten by a dog and the wound is minor, the first step you should take is to wash the bite thoroughly with soap and water. This will minimize your risk for infection by eliminating bacteria from the dog’s saliva. After washing, apply an antibiotic cream to the bite and cover it with a clean bandage. In the following days, monitor the bite for signs of a bite infection, such as redness, swelling, or pain. If you spot any of these symptoms or develop a fever, visit an urgent care center for help.

    Seek Treatment for Serious Bites

    Serious dog bites are often accompanied by bleeding. Apply pressure with a clean cloth to any wounds to stop the bleeding and visit an urgent care center in San Jose promptly for an evaluation. If you cannot stop the bleeding or feel faint, dizzy, or weak, call 911 for emergency medical help at your location, rather than trying to get to an emergency care center on your own. If possible, get the owner’s information and the dog’s medical history to determine whether additional medication or treatment is needed to prevent serious disease.

    The Regional Medical Center of San Jose has the resources and trained staff to handle dog bites and other types of traumatic injuries in our 43-bed emergency care center. We invite you to find out more about how to handle injuries and illnesses by clicking through our comprehensive online health library; you can also discuss your health with a nurse or request a referral by calling (888) 762-8881.

  • Should You Call an Ambulance?

    Visiting the emergency room when you have sustained a serious injury or illness is the best way to receive the fast professional medical care you need. Getting to a nearby San Jose hospital is vital in an emergency situation, but the fastest way to the ER may not be in your own car. If you are unable to drive yourself or need immediate medical care that cannot wait, calling an ambulance is the best way to begin receiving treatment as soon as possible.

    Is Immediate Medical Care Necessary?

    Some medical emergencies require immediate care to preserve life and limb. In cases of heart attacks, strokes, drowning, and excessive bleeding, it is always best to call for an ambulance. Paramedics are able to begin administering medical care as soon as they arrive on the scene and while en route to the emergency department; ambulance crews can also call ahead to alert emergency care physicians of a patient’s status before he arrives.

    Will Moving the Patient Increase Risk?

    In some cases, moving a patient incorrectly can result in greater risk or injury. If you aren’t sure how to move someone that has been injured or are unsure whether moving them is safe, call for an ambulance, rather than driving to the hospital yourself.

    Can You Get to the Hospital Quickly?

    Ambulances and other emergency vehicles are given the right of way in traffic and can often bypass waiting at traffic lights, allowing them to travel much more quickly than personal vehicles. When time is of the essence, calling an ambulance can get a patient to the hospital much sooner than traveling by car.

    At the Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we offer patient tools that include iTriage and our Consult-A-Nurse hotline to help you get the answers you need about medical care quickly and easily. Please visit us online to learn more about our patient tools , or give us a call at (888) 762-8881 for advice and support from an experienced nurse.