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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.


Are there different types of breast cancer?

Although breast cancer is often discussed as though it is one condition there are multiple forms of the disease, each of which requires a unique treatment approach. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer your physician will explain the type of the disease you have and what kind of care to expect. Here’s a glimpse at the most common forms of breast cancer:

In situ breast cancer
In situ breast cancers are forms of the disease that have not spread into surrounding breast tissue from the site of the malignancy. Cancers that are diagnosed in this stage are usually very responsive to treatment.

Ductal carcinoma in situ is one form of in situ cancer. Sometimes, it is also referred to as intraductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer. With this form of the disease, cancer appears in the cells that line the ducts of the breast, but the malignancy has not breached the walls of the duct to impact other parts of the breast.

Invasive breast cancer
Invasive—or infiltrating—breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread beyond their initial location into other parts of the breast. This kind of breast cancer can sometimes spread outside of the breast as well, through the blood and lymphatic systems.

There are multiple types of invasive breast cancer, including:

  • Invasive lobular carcinoma
  • Invasive ductal carcinoma
  • Mixed carcinoma
  • Medullary carcinoma

Inflammatory breast cancer
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and serious form of the disease. Most other types of breast cancer are indicated by lumps but may otherwise cause no symptoms at all, inflammatory breast cancer can cause redness, thickening of the skin, and itching in the affected breast.

Another danger inflammatory breast cancer poses is its ability to spread rapidly. By the time it is diagnosed, it may have spread to the lymph nodes, which further complicates treatment. If you have the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer, consider seeing a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

The Cancer Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer care in Thousand Oaks from diagnosis to recovery. A number of different specialists work together in this multidisciplinary department to ensure patients have access to every kind of care that can help them beat their diagnosis. Get more information about our cancer treatment program or get a referral to a specialist by calling (877) 888-5746.


Establishing a safe start for your baby

All parents want to give their babies the best possible start in life. No matter which turns your child’s life eventually takes, he or she will benefit from the health and safety decisions made during infancy. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our obstetricians, nurses and lactation nurses understand the unique blend of joy and confusion associated with becoming a parent. We’re here for you. Never hesitate to ask a question or share a concern with our compassionate hospital staff.

Protect your baby from sun damage
It’s exciting to see a baby take pleasure in experiencing nature, but be mindful of the lifetime risk of skin cancer. A person’s skin is especially sensitive during the first six months of life. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends keeping babies out of the sun during this time, rather than relying on sunscreen.

Keep the sun shield on the stroller down while walking with your baby, and try to stick to the shady side of the street. Dress your baby in lightweight, comfortable clothing that covers the legs and arms. Add a hat and special sunglasses made for infants that filter out UV rays.

Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for every home. Smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly for anyone, but young children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects.

Distribute the detectors in multiple areas on every floor of your home, including all sleeping areas. Test them once per month, and change the batteries every six months—even if they’re still working.

Practice safe medication management
Always talk to your child’s pediatrician or an ER doctor before giving your infant medications. Many of them aren’t safe for babies or toddlers—some medicines like aspirin aren’t even recommended for teenagers.

If the doctor does recommend a medication, follow the written dosage and administration instructions precisely. Monitor your baby for signs of worrisome side effects, and call the doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Remember to securely lock up all medications as soon as you’re done using them.

Since 1968, families in Thousand Oaks have been placing their trust in the maternity specialists at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Our Birthing Center brings you the best in comfort, convenience and privacy, with a focus on state-of-the-art NICU equipment and highly trained healthcare providers. Call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website to find out about upcoming maternity classes.


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