• Tips for Creating the Right Birth Plan


    The last few months of pregnancy can be a busy time for families. Along with adding the final touches to the nursery and selecting a pediatrician at the local hospital, expectant parents often develop a birth plan. This is a simple document that expresses your preferences for your birthing experience. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center , our obstetric team strives to adhere as closely as possible to parents’ birthing preferences. You can learn more about the maternity services available at our hospital in Thousand Oaks by viewing this video.

    Your Birthing Preferences

    Your birth plan can state your preferences for medical care. As you’ll learn by watching the video featured here, it’s important to choose a hospital that features a Level III NICU and maternity operating suites, just in case. For example, it is possible that a Cesarean section or an episiotomy might be indicated. Your birth plan might state that you prefer to avoid these procedures whenever possible. However, if either of these procedures is indicated, you would like to be fully informed and to be an active participant in the decision-making process. Your birth plan can also describe your preferences for pain management, pushing guidance, and positions during labor.

    Your Ideal Setting

    Labor and delivery is quite literally a life-changing event. To ease the stress of the situation, your birth plan might express your personal preferences. For example, you might prefer that, whenever possible, the lighting in your birthing suite is kept low and noises are kept to a minimum. Some expectant mothers like to bring their own soothing music to play during labor.

    Your Support Team

    Your birth plan can list the people whom you would like to be present during labor and delivery. It might include your partner or other close family member, for example. If you’ve been under the care of a midwife during your pregnancy, your birth plan will likely state that you prefer to have delivery support from your midwife.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we firmly believe in providing maternity services that are centered on the needs of the family and the birthing preferences of the mother. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks combines high-tech services with a personal touch. For further information about the accommodations, amenities, and healthcare services available at our Birthing Center , please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727.

  • Recognizing the Top Health Risks of Summer


    If you’re planning some fun activities this summer, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to consider safety issues. Taking safety precautions for activities ranging from exercising outdoors to doing some landscaping can help keep you out of the emergency room this summer. And if you do suffer an injury or illness, you can count on the emergency room team at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center to help you get back on your feet.

    Yard Equipment Injuries

    Each year, far too many homeowners are rushed to the emergency room because of severe injuries sustained when working with yard equipment, such as mowers and power tools. One way to reduce your risk of injuries and to reduce your water consumption during the drought is to make the switch from grass to artificial turf. Or, select drought-resistant groundcovers such as thyme or golden creeping Jenny that will never require mowing. When you do use yard equipment or power tools, wear protective goggles and always turn off the equipment before servicing it.

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    If left untreated, heat-related illnesses can become life-threatening. Infants, young children, seniors, and individuals with an illness are particularly prone to developing heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke. To prevent heat-related illnesses, sip water throughout the day and avoid alcoholic beverages. Consume a sports drink to replace the minerals you’ll lose when working out during the summer. It’s also a good idea to take frequent breaks from the outdoor heat to cool off in an air conditioned room.

    Sun Exposure

    Protecting your skin from sunburns can help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer . Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before going outdoors. Reapply the product every two hours or as indicated by the directions. Additionally, it’s advisable to reduce exposure to the sun by wearing a broad-brimmed hat and clothing with a high Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF).

    The healthcare providers of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors a safe and enjoyable summer. At our hospital in Thousand Oaks, you’ll find all the healthcare services you’ll need to keep your family healthy—from emergency room care to pediatric care, and many more. If you require transportation to our emergency room, please call 911 immediately; otherwise, you can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

  • Questions to Ask Before Total Joint Replacement Surgery


    During total joint replacement surgery, an orthopedic surgeon at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center removes the damaged or diseased components of the joint and places a prosthesis, or artificial joint. This surgery enables patients with joint problems to regain mobility and enjoy relief of pain. If you’re interested in learning more about joint replacement surgery, you can watch the video featured here and speak with an orthopedic specialist at your community hospital .

    Should I Have Joint Replacement Surgery?

    If you experience pain in your knee, hip, or shoulder, and have trouble carrying out daily activities, then joint replacement surgery may be right for you. However, only a physician at your local hospital can determine if you’re a good candidate for this surgery. During your consultation, your physician will thoroughly review your medical history, consider your joint symptoms, and conduct a physical exam. You can also expect to undergo diagnostic tests, such as blood tests and imaging scans, to determine if joint replacement surgery is right for you .

    How Should I Prepare?

    As you’ll learn when you watch the featured video, having joint replacement surgery at a hospital that provides extensive patient support is important. The hospital in this video provides pre-operative classes, which allow patients to undergo assessments and learn what they can expect from the procedure. Generally, patients can prepare for joint replacement by losing weight if necessary, quitting smoking if applicable, and modifying the home to make it safer during recovery.

    How Can I Facilitate My Recovery?

    The best way to facilitate your recovery is to follow your healthcare team’s instructions. Before you even leave the hospital, you’ll begin working through a rehabilitation program with the help of physical and occupational therapists. Prior to your surgery, you should have arranged to have someone stay at your home for a while after you’ve been discharged.

    The Total Joint Program at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides patients with a personalized orthopedic experience. Our continuum of care empowers patients to become active participants in their own healthcare, from pre-operative education through rehabilitation. Residents of the Thousand Oaks area are invited to speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.

  • Helping Your Child Prevent Common Summertime Injuries


    For children, summer is full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and play with friends. Unfortunately, children are often unaware of their own vulnerability and many end up in the emergency room each summer. While there are precautions parents can take to prevent summertime injuries, the emergency room staff of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center is ready to help in case of accidents.

    Playground Injuries

    Playgrounds are excellent opportunities for children to be physically active and meet new friends. However, a visit to the playground can also sometimes precede a trip to the emergency room. Children may use the equipment improperly, fall off the equipment, or even fall while running around in the area. One of the most effective ways to protect your child at a playground is to actively supervise him or her. If you sit on a bench nearby, make sure you can see your child at all times. If the playground is divided into areas for younger children and older children, ensure that your youngster is in the appropriate area.

    Pool Injuries

    When going to the pool or the beach, parental supervision is absolutely critical . It’s best not to rely on a lifeguard to keep your child safe, since the lifeguard will likely need to monitor many other people as well. Enrolling your child in age-appropriate swimming lessons is an effective way to reduce the risk of drowning. Additionally, teach your child never to run by the side of the pool. If you have a pool at home, enclose it with a security fence and locked gate.

    It’s always a good idea to know the location of the nearest emergency room, just in case your child does sustain an injury despite taking these precautions. Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center of Thousand Oaks features an emergency room just for kids, with private rooms and PALS certified pediatric ER nurses who provide compassionate care . If your child is experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can contact our hospital at (805) 497-2727.