• Understanding the Symptoms and Risks of Mild Brain Injuries

    Mild brain injuries—which can include concussions—are injuries in which part of the brain’s neurons, the axons, sustain microscopic damage that can have a widespread impact on physical capabilities, cognitive function, and emotional stability. The brain is the command center of the body, so even damage that seems isolated and limited can have a number of effects on a patient. With mild brain injuries, patients often underestimate the extent of their injuries, because the term mild is a misnomer when it comes to the immediate and lasting symptoms of the injury. Mild brain injuries are so-named, because they are caused by blunt trauma or rapid forces of acceleration or deceleration to the head rather than more severe physical trauma. Below, you can see why these injuries should still be taken seriously despite their name.

    Immediate Brain Injury Symptoms

    Right after a brain injury , a person may look totally fine, but he or she could have symptoms like nausea, short-term memory issues, loss of awareness of surroundings, dizziness, or a headache. When these symptoms are present, it is important to seek immediate medical care to get a CT scan or MRI that will reveal the exact site of the injury as well as its severity.

    Long-Term Injury Effects

    It may take several weeks or even months to recover from a brain injury, and ongoing symptoms can be tough to cope with. For a significant period following the initial trauma, a patient may have a persistent headache, fatigue, mood swings, anxiety or depression, tinnitus, poor concentration, sensitivity to light and sound, and lightheadedness.

    Living with a Mild Brain Injury

    Ongoing neurological care and rehabilitation will be beneficial following a mild brain injury. Throughout the recovery process, there may be both good days and bad, so it is important to identify when it is time to sit out from regular activities and get some extra rest.

    If you suspect that you have suffered a brain injury, the ER at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can provide rapid and reliable care with the most advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies. To explore more about our ER or get a physician referral with a neurologist in our network , call (877) 888-5746 and speak with one of our registered nurses.

  • What Can I Expect at the Emergency Room?

    The ER is a busy department of the hospital handling everything from trauma cases to chest pain to pediatric injuries. When you visit the ER at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, you can expect low wait times with an average under 15 minutes along with dedicated care from a team of specialists ready to treat you 24/7. Below, you can see what you might expect in the ER, which you can learn more about with the video link featuring Registered Nurse, Lynn Tadlock from our ER and Trauma Center.

    Immediate Nurse Assessment

    As soon as you get to the hospital, you will go through triage, which is where a nurse practitioner or other medical professional will assess your symptoms and determine the severity of your condition. This will help the ER team organize treatment for the most emergent cases first while ensuring that other patients do not have to wait for hours to receive their care.

    Physician Visit

    After your initial assessment, you will be taken to a treatment bay or room where you will be seen by an ER physician. The doctor may order specific lab work or imaging tests to get an accurate diagnosis of your condition, depending on the symptoms present.

    Treatment or Referrals

    In some cases, the ER physician will treat you. Other situations like stroke, heart attack, or traumatic injuries might require the care of a specialist. Our ER is staffed with specialists around-the-clock to ensure that the right care is there when it is needed most.

    Discharge or Admission

    Finally, you will either be discharged from the ER with instructions to follow up with your primary physician, or you may be admitted to the hospital for ongoing acute medical care.

    To get a closer look at the emergency and trauma team at Los Robles Hospital, visit our website today. You can also connect with us by calling (877) 888-5746 to speak directly with a registered nurse for physician referrals, ER wait times, and hospital information.

  • What to Do Following a Dog Bite Injury

    Contrary to popular belief, dog bites are not much more prevalent in more aggressive breeds than those with a reputation for more mild-mannered behavior. Any dog may attack when provoked or agitated, so it is important to know what to do if you or someone around you has been bitten by a dog. Dog bites can lead to some very serious wounds, and they are most likely to occur in young children because kids may not know how to properly behave around animals. In this article, you can see the essential tips for caring for a dog bite in a victim of any age.

    Don’t Panic

    As with any injury, it is best to try and remain calm while administering first aid and calling for help. With a dog bite, you will want to try and contain the dog in a separate room or outdoor area. If the victim is a child, moving out of sight and sound of the dog is a good idea to help keep the child calm.

    Seek Emergency Medical Care

    With most dog bites, you will want to head to the ER, because wounds should be thoroughly cleaned and evaluated to limit the risk of infection. Dog bites can also cause substantial damage to the affected area, including nerve and tendon damage and broken bones. Bites to the hands or feet may be particularly damaging, because of the intricate musculoskeletal structure of these body parts.

    Assess the Risk for Infection

    In most cases, dog bites will involve a dog owned by friends, relatives, or neighbors, so it is likely that you will know the dog’s vaccination history. If the dog has not been properly vaccinated or you are unsure of the animal’s veterinary care, a tetanus shot might need to be administered. In rare cases, a rabies shot will be necessary following a dog bite, though most cases of rabies seen in the U.S. are transmitted by wild animals rather than domesticated pets.

    When you are in need of emergency care in Thousand Oaks, Los Robles Hospital can provide the care you need close to home. To stay connected with us, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (877) 888-5746, or text ‘ER’ to 23000 for current wait times.

  • Taking a Look at the Different Types of Skin Rashes

    The skin is an amazing organ that protects the body from the elements and houses an array of microorganisms that actually work to fight off infections. At times, the skin may become irritated with skin rashes, which can vary significantly in their severity and symptoms. Being able to identify skin rashes is a helpful skill in treating irritation on the skin because some rashes may warrant a trip to the ER instead of at-home care. Below, you can see some of the most common types of skin rashes that you may encounter.

    Hives and Dermatitis

    Both hives and contact dermatitis are caused by exposure to irritants such as poison ivy, laundry detergent, or certain foods. These rashes tend to be fairly mild and treatable with an oral antihistamine and cool compress to reduce itching. If symptoms do not subside following these measures, it may be necessary to call the doctor.

    Allergic Rashes

    A rash caused by medication or the source of a severe allergy may require treatment in the ER because there are a number of other adverse reactions that may accompany the rash itself. A rash that develops after an insect bite in an allergic individual is also likely to cause other severe reactions.

    Measles and Chickenpox

    Proper vaccination can prevent the measles and chickenpox, which are both the cause of rashes with raised bumps and severe irritation. The chickenpox is often less severe in children, and it is often treatable primarily through at-home care. The measles, on the other hand, should be met with immediate medical care.

    Impetigo

    Impetigo is more common in children , and it is caused by the highly infectious bacterial diseases strep and staph. If your child has strep and develops a rash, you should go to the ER right away for treatment.

    When you need help deciding what type of medical care is most appropriate for you or your child, the Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at Los Robles Hospital is available around-the-clock to answer your medical questions. To reach us and speak with a registered nurse anytime day or night, call (877) 888-5746.

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