Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center
Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. We strive to deliver high quality, cost effective healthcare in the communities we serve.

Reduce the threat of falls at home

In the U.S., millions of people fall each year, and hundreds of thousands of those falls cause serious injuries that require an emergency room visit. Here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, the health and safety of seniors in our community are very important to us. Our doctors and nurses are always available to discuss personalized solutions that can help you stay safer in your home.

Know your risk factors of falling
A fall can happen to anyone. Knowing what might increase your risk of a fall can help you prevent it. Your risk tends to increase with age due to the following factors:

  • Reduced physical strength, balance and coordination
  • Reduced vision
  • Chronic medical conditions
  • Medication side effects

Improve your physical capacity
Your physical capacity to resist falls includes your balance and muscle strength. If you’ve already fallen once, you might be less active than you once were, for fear of falling again. Consequently, being less active contributes to decreased physical capacity.

Instead, consider asking your doctor to evaluate your balance, coordination and muscle strength. He or she might refer you to a physical therapist, or suggest safe activities you can do at home to improve your physical conditioning.

Your vision also plays a critical role in fall prevention. Visit an eye doctor regularly for comprehensive eye exams.

Even if you don’t think your vision prescription has changed, your eye doctor can detect early signs of eye diseases like glaucoma and macular degeneration. Keeping your eyes as healthy as possible will help you spot potential tripping and slipping hazards before they cause you to fall.

Make your home safer
Home modifications, both major and minor, can prevent falls. Your doctor may refer you to an occupational therapist to learn about modifying your home in a way that meets your unique needs and preferences. The following are some common modifications seniors make:

  • Installing handrails along exterior walkways
  • Installing better interior and exterior lighting
  • Installing handrails in the bathtub and next to the toilet
  • Using a non-slip bathtub mat and shower chair
  • Removing area rugs and clutter from the floor
  • Rearranging furniture to widen walking areas
  • Removing elevated thresholds from doorways

Patients of all ages will find the superior, patient-centered care they deserve at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. Our senior care services include inpatient and outpatient programs for physical rehabilitation. You can request a referral by calling a friendly nurse at our hospital at (877) 888-5746.

When do you need to go to the ER for food poisoning?

Viruses and bacteria commonly cause food poisoning, but these illnesses can also be caused by parasites or toxins produced by bacteria. In the U.S., more people go to the Emergency Room because of salmonella, E. coli, listeria, norovirus, Campylobacter and Clostridium perfringens than any other type of foodborne illness. The symptoms aren’t pleasant, but most people can recover well with supportive care at home. If you do need emergency care in Thousand Oaks, the doctors and nurses at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center can help you feel better quickly.

When you’re pregnant
Expecting mothers need to exercise a greater degree of caution when they become ill, as illnesses during pregnancy could harm the growing baby. Listeriosis, for example, can cause the following pregnancy-related complications:

  • Preterm labor/premature birth
  • Miscarriage
  • Stillbirth
  • Low birthweight
  • Life-threatening infections of the newborn

Call your healthcare provider if you experience any possible symptoms of foodborne illness during pregnancy. If you develop severe symptoms or you can’t reach your doctor, go to the Emergency Room—just in case.

When you might be dehydrated
Food poisoning is known for causing gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Both of these issues increase the risk of dehydration, which can become serious.

Try to sip water and rehydration beverages with electrolytes frequently while you’re ill. If you can’t keep fluids down or you develop signs of dehydration, it’s time to go to the Emergency Room. Dehydration can cause these symptoms:

  • Little to no urine output
  • Darkly colored urine
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Lethargy
  • Rapid heartbeat

When your symptoms are severe
An ER physician should evaluate you if you experience severe food poisoning symptoms. These include the following:

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Pounding heartbeat
  • Double vision
  • Problems moving some body parts
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Problems breathing
  • Bloody vomit
  • Bloody or black stool

When you ate shellfish or mushrooms
Food poisoning symptoms after consuming shellfish or mushrooms should always be considered a medical emergency. Contaminated fish and poisonous mushrooms can cause severe complications, including temporary paralysis and death.

Your health and safety are our highest priorities here at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. When you arrive at our Emergency Room in Thousand Oaks, a triage nurse will quickly evaluate your food poisoning symptoms, and alert a physician if you need treatment right away. Call 911 for true medical emergencies, or call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 for general information.

How does your care experience differ in a regional hospital?

Conventional wisdom would have you believe that bigger is always better when it comes to choosing a hospital. The reasoning is that a higher volume of patients equals better medical expertise. In other words, practice makes perfect. But this doesn’t necessarily translate to the medical field. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a heart surgeon explain why patients can expect exceptional care at smaller, regional hospitals like Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

The quality of medical care
During this featured surgeon’s interview, he explains that he had worked at very large medical centers throughout most of his career. When he joined the Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center family, he discovered that a smaller, regional hospital can provide a comparable level of resources and specialties, and a quality of care that is at least equal to, if not better than, larger hospitals.

Regional hospitals are attuned to the concerns of the communities they serve. Smaller hospitals understand the unique needs of families in the community, and they have the flexibility necessary to evolve in order to meet those needs.

The doctor/patient relationship
Smaller hospitals tend to invest in quality healthcare providers who genuinely connect with their patients. The importance of strong doctor/patient relationships shouldn’t be underestimated, as they contribute to:

  • Better communication
  • Enhanced understanding of diagnoses and treatments
  • Willingness of the patient to discuss “embarrassing” symptoms
  • Ongoing knowledge of the patient’s unique health risks and needs

The past and future of care at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center
As a regional hospital, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has stayed true to our roots during our years of service to the Thousand Oaks community. We’re committed to offering the compassionate care our patients deserve, and we continually grow to meet your needs.

Over the years, we’ve built additions, like our 200,000 square foot patient wing. We’ve enhanced our current services and added new healthcare specialties and departments. Today, our hospital is home to leading specialists in cardiology, women’s health, neuroscience, orthopedics and emergency medicine.

The physicians and nurses at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center live and work in the same community as our patients. We’re committed to providing superior care to families in Thousand Oaks because you’re our neighbors, and we believe you deserve the best possible healthcare experience. Call a friendly member of our nursing staff at (877) 888-5746.

How hyperbaric oxygen therapy creates better outcomes for patients

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to enhance the body’s own healing abilities. It is a painless treatment that can be performed at a hospital on an outpatient basis. If you are referred for hyperbaric oxygen treatment, here is what you need to know.

What happens during hyperbaric oxygen therapy?
During hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, you will enter a cylinder that is made of clear acrylic, so you can see outside of the chamber at all times. Once you are inside, the technician will administer 100% oxygen, which you will breathe freely inside the cylinder.

This process helps to increase the oxygen levels in your blood, which in turn helps to promote healing. HBOT typically takes about 90 minutes, during which time you may watch movies and communicate with the person administering the test, as described in the video.

What are the benefits of treatment?
Oxygen-rich blood helps to promote healing of wounds and other tissue damage. By increasing the level of oxygen in your blood, HBOT supports your body’s own healing mechanism.

Although anyone can benefit from HBOT, it is especially effective for patients who have circulatory problems that restrict blood flow to the site of a wood. If you smoke, your doctor may recommend that you quit before treatment, as smoking reduces blood flow.

What conditions can be treated by HBOT?
HBOT is recommended for a number of different conditions, including:

  • Air or gas embolisms
  • Gas gangrene
  • Decompression sickness
  • Thermal burns
  • Diabetes wounds
  • Traumatic ischemias
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections

HBOT has also been used for other conditions, including near-drownings and plastic surgery recovery, but these uses have not been studied as thoroughly.

Could HBOT help you recover faster from a wound or other condition? Consult with a physician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to find out. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks is pleased to offer HBOT as a treatment option to patients in our community. To learn more or to request a referral, please call (877) 888-5746.

Knowing when you have food poisoning

What you eat can sometimes make you sick if it is processed, handled or prepared improperly. Food poisoning cases spike during the hot summer months, as food spoils more quickly if it’s left out. Plus, attending cookouts and family get-togethers lets you sample other people’s cooking—and they might not adhere to the same food safety standards as you. It is possible for foodborne illnesses to become serious or even deadly. Know the signs of common illnesses and let the Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center help you feel better quickly.

How quickly food poisoning symptoms develop
In most cases, the symptoms of food poisoning develop rapidly. The most common foodborne illness, norovirus, causes symptoms within 12 to 48 hours of infection.

Salmonella isn’t quite as common as norovirus, but it results in more hospitalizations. This illness can cause symptoms within six to 48 hours after the consumption of a contaminated food or beverage.

Which symptoms can occur with food poisoning
The symptoms of food poisoning vary, depending on the specific illness. In general, they involved gastrointestinal distress. These symptoms can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fever
  • Weakness
  • Muscle aches and pains

When to seek emergency care for food poisoning
Mild symptoms of food poisoning generally don’t require a trip to the ER. Patients should stay hydrated and rest while waiting for the illness to resolve.

Serious symptoms of food poisoning do require emergency care. Occasionally, medical treatments like antibiotics or antitoxins can be administered, but usually ER doctors simply provide supportive care to prevent further complications.

The following symptoms warrant a doctor’s attention:

  • Inability to keep liquids down/frequent vomiting
  • Bloody vomit or stools
  • Severe abdominal cramping or pain
  • Dehydration

Superior care you can count on is available around the clock at the Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Families in Thousand Oaks can direct general questions to a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746. Please call 911 without delay for serious medical emergencies.

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