Medical emergencies are scary situations, and it may be difficult to recognize the proper course of action when you or a loved one is experiencing an urgent medical condition. Therefore, you should have a plan for responding to emergencies at home and in the workplace so that you and those around you can readily get the right care right away. Below you can get a look at how to react in different emergency situations so that you get appropriate care without utilizing unnecessary resources.
When to Call 9-1-1
Not all emergencies will require a 9-1-1 call for an ambulance. For conditions that are not life-threatening, you may be better off driving to the ER or taking a taxi if no one is available to drive you. These conditions might include broken bones, abdominal or chest pain, or skin irritation. If an injury has immobilized the patient and it is not possible to move the person without risk for further injury, 9-1-1 should be called.
What to Keep On-hand
It is important to understand that emergency facilities will not have your health history readily available, so information will need to be provided when you are admitted to the ER. If you are non-responsive, an ICE card could be integral to your care, since this can provide alerts of any existing health conditions, medications, or allergies that might affect your treatment. You might also want to store a list of emergency contacts on your phone and wear medical-alert jewelry for serious conditions or severe allergies.
When to Apply First Aid
Sometimes it may be necessary to apply direct pressure to a wound or make a splint for fractured limbs to alleviate symptoms and minimize damage on the way to the ER. In these situations, you should only use on-the-spot medical procedures that you have practiced before—especially for more specialized techniques like CPR. If you are uncertain of how to apply first aid, call 9-1-1 and wait for paramedics to arrive unless otherwise instructed by the operator.
At times when every second matters for your care, you will be glad to have Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in your neighborhood in Thousand Oaks. We strive to maintain the lowest wait times in our ER and Trauma Center , which you can see by visiting our website or calling (805) 497-2727.
Preeclampsia is one of the most common causes of high-risk pregnancies. It occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy during the late 2nd or 3rd trimester. It is characterized by high blood pressure and protein in the urine, which can put both mothers and babies at risk. For many women with preeclampsia, symptoms are relatively mild, so the condition is diagnosed during routine visits to the obstetrician. When symptoms are more prevalent, the condition is typically more severe and may warrant labor induction or C-section. This article will take a look at some of the steps that can control preeclampsia to ensure that your baby is born healthy and that your health is not negatively affected by your pregnancy .
Bedrest at Home
Bedrest is one of the most likely methods for managing preeclampsia when your baby is not fully developed and symptoms are relatively mild. You may have to severely limit your daily activities and have loved ones assist in chores around the house to keep you off your feet.
Your doctor may also recommend increasing your intake of water while reducing the amount of salt in your diet. These changes can help keep your blood pressure in check so that symptoms of preeclampsia do not get worse.
Frequent Physician Visits
Once preeclampsia is diagnosed, your doctor may want to see you more often until your baby is delivered with visits as frequent as once per week. In the hospital, there will be close monitoring of you and your baby to ensure a healthy delivery.
Some medications to lower blood pressure might be beneficial, but these will not be prescribed in every situation. Additionally, your obstetrician may recommend steroid injections after 24 weeks to speed up the development of your baby’s lungs to reduce complications of an early delivery.
When you choose Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for your prenatal care and delivery, you will have exceptional care through every step of the process with access to a level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit should complications arise. To learn more about the higher level of care offered in our Thousand Oaks Family Birthing Center, give us a call at (805) 497-2727 and speak with one of our registered nurses 24/7.
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure in interventional cardiology that evaluates how well your heart is working and provides an immediate option for treatment of blockages that may be limiting blood flow to the heart. When the arteries leading to the heart are restricted by narrowing or physical blockages, there is an increased chance for permanent damage to the heart caused by a heart attack. Therefore, cardiac catheterization could be a lifesaving procedure if you are suffering from one of the following conditions:
Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) occurs when plaque builds up along the artery walls and blocks regular blood flow. Cardiac catheterization can not only diagnose this condition and isolate areas where it is posing a high risk, but the procedure can allow for the placement of a stent or balloon catheter to reopen the artery and improve blood flow. Patients who have common symptoms of CAD like chest pain or those who have had poor results on preliminary tests such as electrocardiograms or stress tests may be ideal candidates for cardiac catheterization.
Cardiac catheterization may actually be a part of heart attack treatment when a blockage has entirely closed off an artery. The procedure may also follow a heart attack if there was major damage to the heart muscle or you are still experiencing chest pain after you have returned home from the hospital and begun your recovery.
In some cases, cardiac catheterization can be used to repair heart defects or valve disorders that are affecting how blood moves through the heart itself.
At the Heart Center of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you will find the most advanced techniques in cardiac catheterization with our skilled team of interventional cardiologists. If you are seeking specialized cardiovascular care in the Thousand Oaks area , call us at (805) 497-2727 for a physician referral or detailed information about our services.
Stroke is a complex medical concern with a number of possible risk factors—some of which will be out of your hands. Age, race, and family history are all examples of the uncontrollable risk factors that you may face, but there are many more possible risk factors that can be treated with the right preventive medical care. Stroke remains one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States, but its impact may be reduced by taking charge of the following treatable risk factors.
Heart disease itself is a prominent health concern in America, and it has a strong association with ischemic stroke. Valve defects, heartbeat irregularities, and coronary artery disease may all result in blood clots that dislodge and make their way to the blood vessels that lead to the brain. Controlling these conditions with regular visits to the doctor and interventional care could prevent stroke and minimize the other possible risks that heart disease may present.
Individuals with diabetes are much more likely to suffer a stroke, since issues like hypertension, high cholesterol, and hardening of the blood vessels are all more common in diabetic people. Diabetes can also increase the severity of stroke, since brain damage may be much more extensive if a stroke takes place when blood glucose levels are high.
If you see the doctor regularly, you will probably have annual blood tests to measure your blood cholesterol. This screening can reveal excess LDL cholesterol that may build up in the arteries and limit blood flow. If you do have high cholesterol, there are a number of possible treatment options, including lifestyle changes and prescription medication.
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the biggest concerns for stroke risk in individuals under the age of 80. High blood pressure may have no symptoms, but it is easy to diagnose with proper preventive care. A multi-faceted approach may be needed to manage hypertension, and this may include dietary changes, increased exercise, weight management, and medication.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is a Certified Primary Stroke Center , which has been recognized by the American Stroke Association for our commitment to a higher standard of care in emergency stroke treatment. If you are concerned about your stroke risk, connect with us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (805) 497-2727 to explore the stroke prevention resources we have available to the Thousand Oaks community.