• Recognizing and Acting on Summertime Emergencies

    Fun in the summer sun is a great way to bring together family members and friends. But if you’re planning to head to the beach, host a family picnic, or enjoy a workout in the summer sun this season, it’s a good idea to become familiar with the warning signs of medical problems. The summer heat in San Jose can quickly lead to heat-related illnesses, dehydration, and other problems. If you or a loved one does require emergency care, Regional Medical Center of San Jose is here to help.

    Dehydration

    Unless it’s treated quickly, dehydration can become severe enough to require emergency care. Even if your symptoms are mild, it’s important to seek appropriate care for this condition. Mild to moderate symptoms of dehydration include headache, muscle cramps, dry and cool skin, dark yellow urine, thirst, and a dry, sticky mouth. Severe dehydration can cause very low to no urine output, confusion, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, unconsciousness, delirium, shock, and sunken eyes.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    When someone is having fun outdoors, it can be difficult to convince him or her to cool off or even to seek emergency care when the symptoms of heat-related illnesses arise. Watch this featured video to hear a doctor at Regional Medical Center of San Jose explain how you can help reluctant patients get the care they need. You just might save a life, since heat-related illnesses can become life-threatening. Some of the signs of heat exhaustion include a rapid pulse, nausea, vomiting, lightheadedness, confusion, headache, and muscle cramps. If heat exhaustion is allowed to progress to heatstroke, the signs and symptoms can include a very high temperature, blurry vision, loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing, weakness, and seizures.

    The emergency care physicians and nurses at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourage our neighbors to become aware of the red flags of common medical emergencies and to seek immediate help when necessary. In addition to our emergency care services, our community hospital is a leading provider of stroke care, breast care, and robotic surgery for residents throughout the greater San Jose area. General healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

  • Hot Car Death Prevention

    The death of a child is always a tragic occurrence, but it’s even more heartbreaking when the death could have been easily prevented. Each summer, some infants, and young children will lose their lives because their parents or caregivers inadvertently left them in the car. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose encourages parents and caregivers to become better aware of the dangers of leaving children in cars. A child can lose his or her life in less than an hour—even with the windows rolled down. There is no safe amount of time to leave a child alone in a car.

    Look Before You Leave

    Get into the habit of checking your backseat before you lock your car and walk away. Instead of just glancing in the back, open the back door. This prevents the possibility that a child could be hiding on the floor of the car after having climbed into the car unnoticed.

    Place a Needed Object with the Child

    When buckling your child into his or her car seat, leave your briefcase, purse, or cell phone next to the car seat instead of placing these objects in the front passenger seat. This reduces the risk that you’ll leave the car and forget that your child is in the back.

    Use a Visual Reminder

    In addition to using the other strategies, you can also use visual reminders to help you get into the habit of checking the backseat. Keep a stuffed animal in the front passenger seat at all times. This can remind you to look in the back before you leave the car. You could even post a reminder note to your dashboard; use brightly colored paper.

    Keep the Car Doors Locked

    Many people neglect to lock their car doors while their car is safely parked at home, but this can lead to tragedy if a curious child climbs inside. After making sure your child is safely out of the car, roll up the windows and lock the doors.

    If a parent or bystander realizes that a child has been left alone in a car, 911 should be called immediately. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is comprised of highly trained professionals who are dedicated to saving the lives of our patients. Patients in San Jose can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881 for general information about our hospital services, which include stroke care, robotic surgery, breast care, and heart health services.

  • Water Safety Guidelines to Remember When You Head to the Beach

    During the hot summer months in San Jose, many families plan frequent trips to the beach to cool off and unwind. Although the beach is a top destination for recreation and relaxation, it’s important to keep in mind that the water can cause tragedy in the blink of an eye. Follow basic water safety guidelines to keep your family safe and reduce the possibility of an unexpected trip to the emergency care department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

    Swim Classes

    If you have young children, you might consider enrolling them in age-appropriate formal swimming lessons. Swim lessons are no substitute for constant adult supervision and they aren’t a foolproof way to completely prevent the possibility of requiring emergency care. However, they can help keep kids safe in and around the water.

    Beach Designations

    When your family heads to the beach, you should always confirm that a lifeguard is on duty before going down to the surf. Make sure your family stays within the designated areas patrolled by lifeguards.

    Adult Supervision

    Adult supervision is a must when children are around bodies of water, even when lifeguards are nearby. Supervising young children at all times can help prevent accidental drownings. If a near-drowning event does occur, adults can quickly step in and call for emergency care responders.

    Buddy System

    Adolescents and adults aren’t immune to accidental drownings, either. You can improve your safety by using the buddy system, even at a beach patrolled by lifeguards. The buddy system is particularly important when there are large groups of people at the beach. During peak swimming hours, it can be difficult for lifeguards to keep their eyes on everyone at all times.

    The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose wishes our neighbors a safe and fun summer season. If an accident does occur, our emergency care team is always on standby to save lives. Call 911 for medical emergencies; general health care questions may be directed to a registered nurse in San Jose at (888) 762-8881.

  • Why Bike Safety Isn’t Just for Kids

    In the San Jose region, many people regularly commute to work on two wheels, rather than four. Bicycling is a great way to stay physically active while enjoying pollution-free transportation, but it isn’t without its own risks. Bicyclists can collide with pedestrians, motor vehicles, or stationary objects and inflict significant injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) on themselves and on others. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our emergency care personnel urge our neighbors to promote bicycle safety at every age.

    Understanding the Risks

    It’s well-known that cars present serious crash risks, but the risks of cycling are often dismissed as being insignificant. But in fact, California leads the nation in cyclist fatalities. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 141 cyclist deaths in California in 2013 alone, which was highest in the country for that time period. The NHTSA notes that the majority of cyclist fatalities affected males (87%). Furthermore, cyclist fatalities don’t only affect children and teens. In 2013, 91 of the cyclists killed in California were men between the ages of 55 and 59. Seniors ages 65 and older who enjoy bicycling are also at a high risk of accidents and traffic fatalities. Clearly, cycling safety is crucial for people of all ages.

    Being a Good Role Model

    Another reason to practice smart cycling safety as an adult or senior is for the benefit of the younger generation. Kids are very good mimickers. When kids see an adult riding a bike without a helmet, the kids may be more likely to be noncompliant when an adult tells them to wear a helmet. Wearing a helmet, obeying traffic regulations, and generally exercising caution while on a bike are all effective ways to be a good role model for kids.

    If you do become involved with an accident, you can rely on the emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our community hospital in San Jose also provides exceptional stroke care, heart health services, breast care, and robotic surgery. For non-emergent situations, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

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