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Understanding Why Children Are More Prone to Heat-Related Illness

Heat-related illnesses occur when the body temperature rises quickly and remains high, typically because of prolonged exposure to high environmental temperatures. The most common heat-related illnesses include heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration. These conditions can become serious and even life-threatening quickly, which is why any patient suffering from a heat-related health concern should be evaluated and treated in an emergency room setting. Although these illnesses can affect individuals of any age, it’s important for parents and guardians to recognize that young children are more prone to heat-related illnesses than teens and adults.

Poorer Temperature Regulation

The human body has an internal temperature regulation system designed to prompt sweating and other changes when the temperature rises above a certain point. However, this system is not as advanced in children as it is for adults, simply because a child’s body is still growing and developing. Thus, children’s bodies are less able to regulate temperature effectively, and a child may overheat much more quickly than a teenager or adult under the same conditions.

Inability to Recognize Symptoms

One of the most common reasons why heat-related illnesses occur with such high frequency in children is a failure to recognize the earliest symptoms of these illnesses. Children, in particular, do not realize that signs such as excessive thirst, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, or muscle cramps mean that they must take steps to cool down immediately. If parents do not spot these signs or schedule preventive breaks in a cool environment and encourage rehydration, their children can quickly develop a heat-related illness.

Heat-related illnesses can pose a risk to all healthy individuals during the hot summer months. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our hospital and surgery center in Thousand Oaks wants you and your family to enjoy safe summer fun. Please visit our website to learn more about our emergency room facilities and important health tools for the entire family, or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746 for the answers to your questions or concerns about important health issues.


Is a Trampoline a Good Idea for Your Backyard?

Trampolines are often touted as an easy and fun option to maintain flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. While these backyard toys may offer a simple way to get kids moving, they can also pose a significant health risk, even when precautions are taken. Keep reading to find out more about the most common injuries associated with trampolines and how to prevent a trampoline-related trip to your Thousand Oaks emergency room this year.

The Common Injuries Associated with Trampolines

Trampoline injuries can occur in a variety of ways, including falling off the trampoline, hitting the trampoline’s springs or frame, colliding with other jumpers, and landing improperly on the trampoline while bouncing, playing, or trying stunts. The most common injuries associated with trampolines include broken bones, concussions, lacerations, sprains, and strains. These injuries can range from mild to severe, and may even pose a risk of disfiguration, paralysis, or death in extreme cases.

The Best Way to Prevent Injuries Associated with Trampolines

It’s important to keep in mind that regardless of the size or safety features of a trampoline, it can still cause injuries—even when it is in good repair and while adults are present to supervise children’s actions. These reasons are why many pediatricians recommend against purchasing a trampoline for your yard or allowing your children to use trampoline equipment. If you do choose to allow your child to bounce on a trampoline, it’s vital to take steps to reduce the risk of injury. Make sure your child is supervised at all times and establish rules that prohibit multiple jumpers and moves such as flips or somersaults while on the equipment.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is dedicated to providing high-quality emergency care in Thousand Oaks at our hospital’s emergency room and trauma center. If you have questions about your child’s health and safety, you can find more information on the Kid’s Health page of our hospital website or at (877) 888-5746.


Why You Should Put a Stop to Texting and Driving

Typing out a quick text from the driver’s seat may seem harmless, but this behavior causes thousands of deaths and sends hundreds of thousands of people to the hospital for care each year. Despite the increasing number of laws and warnings against texting and driving, this behavior continues to persist and could pose a serious threat to your health and safety. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center wants to keep you safe behind the wheel with some easy steps to prevent yourself and those you love from feeling tempted to text and drive.

Distracted Driving Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 18% of all fatal vehicle crashes in 2012 were caused by distracted driving, resulting in 3,328 deaths. Among non-fatal distracted driving-related accidents, 421,000 individuals were wounded and sent to emergency rooms. When considering drivers between the ages of 18 and 20 who were involved in any type of accident, 11% of people in this age group admitted to either sending or receiving a text when the crash occurred.

Distracted Driving Prevention

Because of the serious risk that texting and driving poses to your health and wellness, it’s important to take steps to prevent this behavior. Avoid sending texts when you know a friend or family member may be driving, and explain to your children the importance of leaving cellphones untouched while driving. If you are still concerned about the temptation of texting and driving, you can try downloading one of several apps currently available to turn off your phone’s text function while you are driving.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourages you and your family to practice safe driving habits while on the road this summer and all year long. If you’d like more information about our hospital and emergency room serving the Thousand Oaks community, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746. We also invite you to take a look at our website to check out our current ER wait times, community resources, and more.


Spotlight on Helmet Safety and Concussion Prevention

It’s the law in California that all children younger than 18 years of age must wear an appropriate helmet when participating in non-motorized activities on wheels. These activities include bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, roller skating, riding on a scooter, and riding in a bike trailer. However, it’s advisable for individuals of all ages to protect their heads by wearing appropriate helmets when doing these types of activities. Consistently wearing a properly fitted helmet can save lives. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our Emergency Room team encourages our neighbors in Thousand Oaks to protect themselves from serious head injuries.

Why You Should Wear a Helmet

Bicycling and doing other wheeled outdoor activities can be fun exercise, but these activities can also lead to serious injuries and sometimes even death. Consistently wearing an appropriate helmet can greatly reduce this risk. You can hear more about the benefits of wearing helmets by watching this featured video. It includes an interview with a registered nurse at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. She briefly discusses the treatment protocols for concussions and stresses the importance of wearing helmets to prevent injuries like lacerations and skull fractures. She also discusses the Safe Kids program, which is an outreach initiative that our community hospital participates in to distribute helmets to those who need them.

What You Should Know About Concussions

A concussion is an injury to the brain. When an accident happens and someone is abruptly halted by an impact, his or her head continues to move within the skull until it strikes the interior of the skull. This causes a concussion, which can range from mild to severe. There is no evidence that helmets can prevent concussions; however, failure to wear an appropriate helmet can indeed contribute to other serious head injuries such as skull fractures.

For more than 40 years, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has provided outstanding Emergency Room services to families throughout the Thousand Oaks community. Our Emergency Room features East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center, which provides specialized care for patients who have sustained traumatic injuries. Medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher; non-emergent inquiries about our community hospital can be directed to a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746.


Sunburn Care and Prevention Guidelines for Summer

Although the sun can inflict damage all year round with its ultraviolet (UV) rays, the summer is a perfect time to improve your knowledge of the risks of sunburn and how you can protect yourself. Sunburn is much more than a temporary nuisance and prevention is crucial for lifelong health. However, if you do get burned by the sun this summer and you live in the Thousand Oaks area, you can turn to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center for help. Our Emergency Room physicians treat all types of serious medical problems.

Preventing Sunburn

To reduce your risk of sunburn, choose lightly colored clothing that covers most of your skin. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. About half an hour before going outdoors, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and the backs of your hands. Most experts generally recommend using a product with an SPF of 30 or higher. Choose sunscreen labeled for broad-spectrum protection, which guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner if you sweat excessively or go swimming. It’s also a good idea to wear lip balm with built-in sunscreen.

Caring for Sunburn

Sunburn can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Take a cool bath or shower to soothe your skin and pat yourself dry gently. As long as your skin is not blistering, you can apply moisturizing creams with vitamins C and E. Wear loose clothing made of cotton and drink plenty of water.

Knowing When to Go to a Hospital

In certain circumstances, sunburn can be serious and may require care at your community hospital. Consider going to your local ER if you experience severe sunburn with a fever, faintness, dizziness, rapid pulse, or rapid breathing. Extreme thirst, nausea, sensitivity to light, and painful blisters are other signs that medical help is needed.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is renowned for our responsive Emergency Room team and state-of-the-art medical technology. Our community hospital in Thousand Oaks also features world-class cardiology care, orthopedic programs, and surgical services. You can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (877) 888-5746.


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