• Ways to Manage Food Allergies at Home

    Food allergies are quite common. If you or a family member has a food allergy, it’s important to practice strict allergy management guidelines in the home. Exercising caution to avoid the allergen can help reduce the risk that the patient will require emergency care for a life-threatening allergic reaction . However, if an allergic reaction does occur, the emergency care physicians at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are available 24/7.

    Prepare for Emergencies

    Although a food allergy management plan can help your family avoid emergencies, it’s still best to be prepared for serious reactions to occur-just in case. Your doctor can provide a written emergency action plan that details the steps you should take in the event of accidental exposure. Post this plan in a common area of the home. Keep your child’s auto-injector and other medicines available for use, but out of reach of children.

    Understand Food Labels

    Packaged food products are legally required to include information about the presence of allergens . Some labels also caution consumers about whether the product was made on equipment that may have been cross-contaminated with the allergen. Read each food label carefully before you purchase a product and consider talking to a dietitian for further guidance.

    Organize the Kitchen

    You will need to decide whether to completely ban the allergen from your home or whether non-allergic family members will be allowed to consume the food. If you choose the latter, it’s time to organize your kitchen. Keep “safe” and “unsafe” foods completely separate and well-labeled. If the allergic patient is a child, make sure he or she understands which refrigerator shelf or pantry area contains “safe” foods.

    Avoid Cross-Contamination

    If some family members do continue to consume the allergen, then it’s necessary to avoid sharing utensils, cups, plates, and similar items. Scrub each item well and wash down all kitchen surfaces with soap and water after use. All family members should wash their hands thoroughly before and after eating and preparing food.

    In the event that a life-threatening allergic reaction does occur in the San Jose area, please call 911 without delay. The emergency care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is always available to respond swiftly to allergic reactions, stroke cases, adverse heart events, and other medical emergencies. For non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services, you can contact a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

  • Health and Fitness Tips Just for Women

    A healthy lifestyle is important for women at every stage of life. Unfortunately, many women deprioritize their health because they are so busy taking care of their loved ones. But when women invest in their wellness by eating right and exercising, they set a good example for their family members. For exceptional women’s healthcare, families throughout the San Jose area can rely on Regional Medical Center of San Jose.

    Eating for an Active Lifestyle

    A registered dietitian can provide patient-specific guidance for women, such as the recommended total calories and nutrient intake. In general, however, women leading an active lifestyle can benefit from choosing whole grains instead of refined carbohydrates to stabilize their energy levels. Protein is also important to support the immune system and rebuild muscles. Vegetables and fruits provide a low-calorie way to increase one’s intake of critical nutrients like fiber and antioxidants. With a busy lifestyle, many women find it difficult to prepare homemade meals every day. It can be helpful to cook large batches of meals on the weekends and freeze individual portions for use during the week.

    Developing a Workout Plan

    Most women are advised to strive for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity on at least five days of the week. In addition, two or more strength training sessions per week are recommended. Women who have trouble prioritizing their workouts may find it helpful to arrange workout dates with a friend to include a social element during exercise. Or, you might consider making appointments with a personal trainer or joining a workout class. Very busy women might wish to break up their total amount of exercise into more manageable 10-minute sessions. For instance, you could ride a stationary bike before work, climb stairs during part of your lunch break, and go rollerblading with the kids after dinner.

    Identifying Special Concerns

    For most women, exercising during pregnancy is both safe and healthy. However, you may need to make certain modifications. Consider talking to your obstetrician for further guidance. Women with disabilities can also benefit from exercise. A physical therapist can show you how to perform exercises despite physical limitations.

    The Women & Children’s Services department at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers specialized care for women through all stages of life. Our community hospital in San Jose brings together leading providers in heart care, breast care, robotic surgery, maternity services, and many more. To request a referral to a provider at our hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.

  • Appreciating Neonatal Nurses

    If you’re anticipating the birth of your child, you may have already taken a tour of the maternity wing at Regional Medical Center of San Jose . At our community hospital, a team of highly trained providers works closely together to uphold best practices for mother and baby. Neonatal nurses play an important role in the maternity department. When an infant is born with special medical needs, a neonatal nurse is one of the professionals who will care for him or her.

    Background and Training

    The journey to become a neonatal nurse starts with an undergraduate degree in a nursing program. After earning an undergraduate degree, prospective neonatal nurses may complete a master’s degree and perhaps go on to complete a doctoral degree. Neonatal nurses obtain extensive experience working in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs) and some of them also have general experience in pediatrics and well-newborn nurseries.

    Roles and Responsibilities

    The neonatal period of an infant’s life is the first 28 days of life. By definition, neonatal nurses provide care for infants during this time, although some infants will require specialized care beyond this point. A neonatal nurse is specifically trained to care for infants who were born with special medical needs that require them to remain within the NICU. Some examples of these medical needs include congenital heart defects, premature birth, low birth weight, respiratory impairment, and severe illnesses—just to name a few. Neonatal nurses perform a range of important tasks in the NICU, including changing feeding tubes, evaluating and adjusting monitoring devices, administering medications, and performing intubations. Babies need emotional and social support. Neonatal nurses provide that support by holding and rocking babies when the parents must be elsewhere.

    Parent Education and Guidance

    Another important aspect of neonatal nursing is providing parental education. Neonatal nurses help parents learn about their infants’ medical conditions and special needs. They can clarify discharge instructions and help parents connect with additional resources when needed.

    The maternity care team at Regional Medical Center of San Jose provides compassionate health services to the youngest of patients. Our neonatal nurses in San Jose are all highly trained professionals who are committed to improving outcomes for families. If you have questions about the Family Birthing Center in San Jose, you can contact a registered nurse at (888) 762-8881.

  • Celebrating Skin Cancer Awareness

    As summer draws to a close, many families put away their sunscreen. But ideally, skin cancer awareness should be embraced every month of the year and during all sorts of weather. Even on a cloudy day in December, the skin can still sustain damage from the sun’s harmful rays. Practicing skin cancer awareness year-round may help prevent this life-threatening disease from developing. Here at Regional Medical Center of San Jose , our team encourages our neighbors throughout the greater San Jose area to take a few simple precautions in order to prevent skin cancer.

    Vitamin D

    One major misconception about sun exposure is that it’s healthy to get vitamin D through unprotected sun exposure despite the increased risk of skin cancer. But in fact, even a small amount of unprotected sun exposure can inflict serious damage on the DNA of your skin cells. Instead, many healthcare experts recommend getting vitamin D through foods and supplements. Some good food sources include egg yolks, salmon, mackerel, tuna, and dairy products fortified with vitamin D.


    It’s recommended that adults have a yearly skin exam from a doctor and that they also perform monthly self-exams. During a self-exam, carefully check your face, scalp, hands, ears, and all other body parts for unusual skin growths, sores, or other changes in the skin. You’ll likely need a family member to help you check certain areas like your back, ears, and scalp. Calling the attention of your doctor to abnormal skin changes can facilitate the early detection of problems.

    Warning Signs

    Know the ABCDEs of melanoma. This helpful mnemonic stands for Asymmetry, Border, Color, Diameter, and Evolving. Potentially cancerous moles tend to be asymmetrical; that is, if you draw an imaginary line down the middle, the two sides will not match. They tend to have uneven or irregular borders, a variety of colors or shades in the same mole, and a diameter larger than that of a pencil eraser. They also tend to evolve or change over time.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers a full range of cancer care services, including screenings, surgical intervention, medical oncology, psychosocial and support services, and nutrition services. At our community hospital in San Jose, you’ll also find unparalleled stroke care, breast care, heart health services, and emergency care, just to name a few of our specialty hospital services. For general information about our hospital, call (888) 762-8881 and speak with a registered nurse.