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Staying Safe As You Travel in the Busy Holiday Season

By plane, train, or automobile, countless people will be traveling this holiday season. If you’re one of them, there are some steps you can take to protect your health and safety. Should you have any medical concerns during your stay in the Thousand Oaks area, the emergency room physicians of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be happy to assist you.

Reducing Your Risk of Illness

Traveling can place you in contact with many different germs. One way to protect yourself is to avoid touching your face. When you touch a surface and then touch your face, you can transmit germs to the mucous membranes of your nose, mouth, and eyes. You could also bring along disinfecting wipes to clean the armrests and tray in an airplane, or take a small bottle of hand sanitizer. Drink plenty of bottled water while you travel to keep your mucous membranes moist, which helps guard against infection.

Being Prepared for Emergencies

If you’re planning to take a road trip this holiday season, it’s a good idea to pack an emergency kit. Bring along basic first aid supplies and extra prescription medicine, if anyone in the family requires it. Ideally, an emergency kit should also contain bottles of water, flashlights, flares, blankets, and non-perishable protein bars. Remember to have your car tuned up before you leave, and make sure the mechanic checks your tires and brakes.

Keeping Your Kids Safe

Traveling with young children can be challenging. If your baby or child has a health condition, consider checking with his or her pediatrician to make sure it’s safe for him or her to travel. If you plan to rent a car, check whether appropriate car seats are available. Remind young children to stay close to you at rest areas and to avoid talking to strangers.

The staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center of Thousand Oaks would like to extend holiday well wishes to our neighbors. Our community hospital is pleased to provide top-notch cardiology services, emergency room services, and many more. To learn more about our hospital services, visit us on the Web or call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (877) 888-5746.

Who Is at the Highest Risk for Seasonal Flu Complications?

Influenza isn’t just a seasonal nuisance. For some people, it can result in severe symptoms and complications. Countless people arrive at the emergency room each flu season because of complications such as dehydration, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus infections, and ear infections. The emergency room physicians of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourage residents of the Thousand Oaks area to consider getting an annual flu shot. Flu vaccinations are particularly important for individuals who are at a higher risk of ending up in the hospital because of flu complications.


If you’re ages 65 years or older, you’re considered to be at a high risk of flu complications. This is because the immune system tends to become weaker as people grow older. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seniors comprise 50 to 70 percent of flu-related hospitalizations each year and about 80 to 90 percent of flu-related deaths. To protect your health, consider talking to a doctor about the flu shot.


Parents may wish to speak with a pediatrician about vaccinating themselves and their children. The flu virus is much more dangerous for children, making them more likely to require hospitalization. Children under the age of five are highly susceptible to flu complications and children under two are even more vulnerable. Flu vaccinations are approved for children ages six months and older. If you have a child younger than six months, you can protect him or her by getting everyone else in the family vaccinated.

Pregnant Women

The bodily changes associated with pregnancy mean that expectant mothers are more likely to suffer flu complications. Pregnant women with the flu are also at an increased risk of premature labor and delivery. The flu vaccine is safe for expectant mothers.

Individuals with Chronic Health Issues

Individuals with certain medical problems are a high-risk population. These include people with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cancer
  • Obesity

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has provided quality emergency medical services to residents of the Thousand Oaks area for more than four decades. The Emergency Room at our state-of-the-art community hospital maintains short wait times to help our patients feel better faster. You can contact a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (877) 888-5746; however, please call 911 if you require emergency medical assistance.

Knowing When to Go to the Hospital for a Fever

The average body temperature in a person who is not ill is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When a person’s body temperature is higher than this, it could indicate an underlying infection or other illness. However, it’s important to note that body temperature naturally fluctuates based on other factors such as medications, time of day, and physical activity. Evaluating body temperature along with other symptoms can help inform the decision of whether to go to the hospital. In severe cases, fever may prompt a trip to the Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

Evaluating Fever in Infants and Children

Infants who are three months or younger should be seen at a hospital if they have a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher. Children older than three months may need to be evaluated if they have a fever of 102 degrees or higher that persists or does not respond to medication. A trip to the hospital is also warranted for fever in children of any age accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Bluish tint of the lips or nails
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Stomach pain
  • Persistent vomiting or inability to keep down fluids
  • Red, swollen rash
  • Stiff neck and severe headache
  • Shaking chills with chest pain

Assessing Fever in Adults

Adults who have a fever that is consistently at or above 103 degrees may need to be seen at a hospital. The same applies to fevers that persist longer than three days or do not respond to medication. A fever by itself does not necessarily indicate a need for emergency care. However, it’s advisable for adults to go to an emergency room if they also experience any of the accompanying symptoms in the above list.

Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center provides compassionate care for all of your healthcare needs. If you require immediate transportation to our Emergency Room, please call 911 now. If you’re capable of driving to our Emergency Room in Thousand Oaks, yet wish to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital, you can call (877) 888-5746.

Creating an Emergency Preparedness Plan for Your Family

Disasters and emergencies can be hard to predict, but you can stay ready with an emergency preparedness plan that you share with your whole family. One of the most important aspects of an emergency preparedness plan is communication, which will include emergency alerts and established meeting places that you and your family know. Below, you’ll see the steps in formulating an effective emergency plan for any unexpected accident or disaster.

Explore emergency alert options

Modern technology makes it easy for the whole family to receive emergency alerts from local officials. After setting up alerts on your family’s smartphones, you can create a plan for different types of emergencies.

Set up a meeting place

Different disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, and flash floods can create a wide range of conditions that may require unique meeting places for your family when your home is inaccessible. You’ll want to walk your family through each type of disaster you might face and discuss appropriate meeting places for every scenario. Safe, familiar locations are ideal meeting places, since these will be accessible for all members of the family.

Keep I-C-E cards handy

An I-C-E, or in case of emergency cards can be helpful in facilitating emergency care in the event of sudden accidents or illnesses. I-C-E cards should include height, weight, known allergies and medical conditions, and emergency contact information. In addition to an I-C-E card, you might have each family member carry contact information for all close relatives, including phone numbers, email addresses, schools and workplaces.

Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide you with emergency care with consistently low wait times along with trauma care in our Level II Trauma Center in Thousand Oaks. For current ER wait times and more information about emergency preparedness, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746

Possible Causes for Your Neck Pain

The cervical spine in the neck is a common site for back pain, because the neck is more susceptible to stress and injuries from everyday activities. Neck pain can be highly limiting for your daily routine, as pain may prevent you from moving with a full range of motion. Seeking the care of an orthopedic physician can help you identify the source of your neck pain, which may be attributed to one of the following conditions.

Spinal stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column, which can compress the nerves, causing pain along with numbness and tingling in the upper extremities. There may be many underlying causes for spinal stenosis, which may require surgical care, but can often be treated through more conservative options such as physical therapy and medication.

Soft tissue injuries

Whiplash is one of the most frequent neck injuries, which occurs when the head is suddenly jerked forward and then back. This motion can overstress the ligaments and tendons of the neck, which will lead to stiffness, soreness, and headaches. Whiplash and similar injuries can cause immediate symptoms, but patients often experience a later onset of pain about 24-48 hours following the initial injury.

Disc herniation

The spinal discs are soft, spongey cushions positioned between the vertebrae. These discs act as shock absorbers, but they can become weakened over time and protrude out from the spinal column. As the discs move outward, they might push on the spinal nerves, resulting in symptoms similar to spinal stenosis.

If you are seeking relief from your neck pain, Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide the orthopedic care you need through our spine program in Thousand Oaks. To learn more about our spine care and other orthopedic services, give us a call at (877) 888-5746 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

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