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Knowing diabetes can send you to the ER

Some chronic medical conditions can affect a person’s entire lifestyle, and diabetes is one example. It takes a lot of work and help from your doctor to stay on top of blood glucose levels. Successful stabilization of your blood glucose is worth the effort- it lowers your risk of serious complications that can send you to the Emergency Room. The physicians at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center look forward to helping you live life well despite your diagnosis. We’re here to help you with any challenges you might encounter.

Ketoacidosis
Emergency Room physicians can treat diabetic patients for ketoacidosis when ketones build up to dangerous levels in the bloodstream. Ketones are the chemicals produced when the body uses fat for fuel because rather than glucose, as there isn’t enough insulin to break down the glucose. Excessively high levels of ketones create an acidic environment in the body.

Without prompt treatment, ketoacidosis can result in a diabetic coma or death. Watch out for the following signs and symptoms:

  • Very dry mouth and excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry or flushed skin
  • Confusion
  • Fruity odor on the breath
  • Difficult breathing

Your doctor may advise you to check your ketone levels at certain times, since it’s preferable to treat ketoacidosis as quickly as possible.

Stroke
Diabetes increases the risk of stroke, which always requires a 911 call and a rapid trip to the Emergency Room. Knowing that diabetes can contribute to your stroke risk may be the motivation you need to take the following steps:

  • Stabilize blood glucose levels
  • Eat well
  • Exercise often
  • Quit smoking

Kidney failure
Diabetes can cause gradual damage to the kidneys, but some people do develop acute kidney failure. This occurs when the kidneys suddenly lose their ability to filter waste products from the bloodstream. With immediate care and treatment, it can be reversible, but lack of treatment may be fatal.

Acute kidney failure may involve the following red flags:

  • Fluid retention and lower extremity swelling
  • Decreased urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Seizures
  • Coma

If you require immediate transportation to the Emergency Room in Thousand Oaks, please call 911 right away. Otherwise, a registered nurse is available at (877) 888-5746 to provide physician referrals. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we are firmly committed to providing the exceptional patient education that leads to the best possible outcome.


Understanding why kids may be sent to PICU

The pediatric intensive care unit, or PICU, provides care for kids who need the highest possible level of monitoring. The PICU is also home to treatments and therapies that generally cannot be conducted in other parts of the hospital, such as ventilators. Having a child in the PICU can be stressful for parents, so understanding the reasons behind a doctor’s decision to send your child to the unit can be helpful. Here are some of the reasons your child may be admitted to the PICU.

They need more intensive supervision.
In the PICU, the nurse to patient ratio is higher, which means there are more nurses and fewer patients. This allows the medical team to spend more time monitoring each patient. If a child needs to have his or her condition closely monitored, he or she may be moved to the PICU where they can receive more individualized care.

They are taking medicines with serious side effects.
Some medicines that children are given in the hospital can potentially trigger serious side effects. In this instance children may be moved to the PICU to closely monitor and treat any side effects that may occur.

Medicines that children may receive while in the PICU include:

  • Morphine
  • Dopamine
  • Epinephrine

Vigilant monitoring and immediate access to critical care devices in the PICU makes it safer for kids to take these kinds of medications. Some medications are exclusively administered in the PICU.

They need breathing help.
Generally, kids who need to be on a ventilator are placed in the PICU. No matter what kind of ventilator a child is put on, he or she will receive pain medications and sedatives while receiving care. This combination of treatments is easier to monitor in the PICU.

At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we know how scary it can be to have your child admitted to the PICU. Our team of pediatric specialists in Thousand Oaks is always available to answer your questions while providing high-quality, compassionate critical care for your child. Learn more about all of our hospital services or request a referral to one of our providers by calling (877) 888-5746.


Fear not with These Frightfully Good Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is the perfect time for ghosts and goblins of all ages to have a spooky good time, but injuries could turn the holiday into something a little more frightening than expected. If your Halloween does include an unexpected scare, the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be here ready to provide the urgent care you need so you can get back to the festivities. Here is a closer look at some of the injuries that are most common during the Halloween season to avoid a trip to our ER.

Pumpkin carving mayhem
Finger and hand injuries lead the way on Halloween, and the majority of those injuries are lacerations, often caused by pumpkin carving. Fortunately, you can reduce the odds of needing emergency care for a lacerated finger with these pumpkin-carving safety tips:

  • Use knives that are designed for carving, as they are less likely to get caught in the pumpkin skin. If you don’t have a carving knife, consider buying a pumpkin carving kit.
  • Never let a child carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
  • Always do your carving in a well-lit area, and make sure the carving knives and your hands are dry.

Trick-or-treating terrors
Fractures are also common on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and partygoers who are wearing costumes may be prone to falling, which can lead to broken bones. To reduce the risk of falling, keep this safety advice in mind:

  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Make sure costumes fit properly and don’t have pieces long enough to trip over.
  • Walk on sidewalks and paved areas, rather through grass, where you won’t be able to see any kind of trip hazards.
  • Carry a flashlight if walking in the dark.

Collision calamities
From people running into each other to cars hitting pedestrians, collision injuries are common on Halloween. These kinds of collisions can cause serious injuries, but you can reduce the chances of them happening to you with these tips:

  • If you wear a dark-colored costume, always wear reflectors.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks, and look carefully in all directions before walking.

The emergency room in Thousand Oaks at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is ready to get you and your family through any seasonal mishaps that may occur. Get more information about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.


Fear not with These Frightfully Good Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is the perfect time for ghosts and goblins of all ages to have a spooky good time, but injuries could turn the holiday into something a little more frightening than expected. If your Halloween does include an unexpected scare, the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be here ready to provide the urgent care you need so you can get back to the festivities. Here is a closer look at some of the injuries that are most common during the Halloween season to avoid a trip to our ER.

Pumpkin carving mayhem
Finger and hand injuries lead the way on Halloween, and the majority of those injuries are lacerations, often caused by pumpkin carving. Fortunately, you can reduce the odds of needing emergency care for a lacerated finger with these pumpkin-carving safety tips:

  • Use knives that are designed for carving, as they are less likely to get caught in the pumpkin skin. If you don’t have a carving knife, consider buying a pumpkin carving kit.
  • Never let a child carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
  • Always do your carving in a well-lit area, and make sure the carving knives and your hands are dry.

Trick-or-treating terrors
Fractures are also common on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and partygoers who are wearing costumes may be prone to falling, which can lead to broken bones. To reduce the risk of falling, keep this safety advice in mind:

  • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
  • Make sure costumes fit properly and don’t have pieces long enough to trip over.
  • Walk on sidewalks and paved areas, rather through grass, where you won’t be able to see any kind of trip hazards.
  • Carry a flashlight if walking in the dark.

Collision calamities
From people running into each other to cars hitting pedestrians, collision injuries are common on Halloween. These kinds of collisions can cause serious injuries, but you can reduce the chances of them happening to you with these tips:

  • If you wear a dark-colored costume, always wear reflectors.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks, and look carefully in all directions before walking.

The emergency room in Thousand Oaks at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is ready to get you and your family through any seasonal mishaps that may occur. Get more information about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.


Why men and women have differing cardiovascular care needs

Heart disease is often incorrectly believed to be a condition affecting mostly men. In reality, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and though overall death rates have declined recently, women’s rates have fallen less than men. Women are also more likely to die as the result of a heart attack than men. This disparity is caused by a lack of understanding of the differences in the cardiac care needs for men and women. Heart disease affects men and women differently, so they have different requirements for care. Here are some of the ways that women’s heart health needs differ from men’s.

Women are more likely to have subtle symptoms of heart attacks.
Not every heart attack is heralded by sudden, intense chest pain. Women are more likely than men to experience subtle symptoms of a heart attack. Some signs that women are likely to have include:

  • Nausea
  • Jaw pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue

Women tend to ignore these symptoms when they occur or explain them away as something else, which means they are more likely to delay life-saving emergency care.

Their increase of heart disease increases after menopause.
Before menopause, women have a lower risk of having heart disease than men. Female hormones have some measure of protective benefit for the heart that reduces the chances of heart disease.

After menopause, however, the risk dramatically increases for women. As mentioned in the video, their risk of heart disease goes on to exceed men’s after menopause. However, because many women are unaware of the added risk, they overlook the signs of heart disease and heart attacks.

Women get less cardiac care than men.
The stereotype of heart disease as a men’s health condition has led to women receiving an inadequate amount of care. In the ER, women may wait longer than men to be treated for a heart attack due to the different symptoms. They are also less likely to ask their physicians about their heart health.

At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we understand the different needs men and women have for heart care, and we provide tailored treatments throughout our hospital, from our emergency room to our cardiology department in Thousand Oaks. To learn more about our services, please call (877) 888-5746.


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