• Spotlight on Helmet Safety and Concussion Prevention

    It’s the law in California that all children younger than 18 years of age must wear an appropriate helmet when participating in non-motorized activities on wheels. These activities include bicycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, roller skating, riding on a scooter, and riding in a bike trailer. However, it’s advisable for individuals of all ages to protect their heads by wearing appropriate helmets when doing these types of activities. Consistently wearing a properly fitted helmet can save lives. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, our Emergency Room team encourages our neighbors in Thousand Oaks to protect themselves from serious head injuries .

    Why You Should Wear a Helmet

    Bicycling and doing other wheeled outdoor activities can be fun exercise, but these activities can also lead to serious injuries and sometimes even death. Consistently wearing an appropriate helmet can greatly reduce this risk. You can hear more about the benefits of wearing helmets by watching this featured video. It includes an interview with a registered nurse at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. She briefly discusses the treatment protocols for concussions and stresses the importance of wearing helmets to prevent injuries like lacerations and skull fractures. She also discusses the Safe Kids program, which is an outreach initiative that our community hospital participates in to distribute helmets to those who need them.

    What You Should Know About Concussions

    A concussion is an injury to the brain. When an accident happens and someone is abruptly halted by an impact, his or her head continues to move within the skull until it strikes the interior of the skull. This causes a concussion, which can range from mild to severe. There is no evidence that helmets can prevent concussions ; however, failure to wear an appropriate helmet can indeed contribute to other serious head injuries such as skull fractures.

    For more than 40 years, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center has provided outstanding Emergency Room services to families throughout the Thousand Oaks community. Our Emergency Room features East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center, which provides specialized care for patients who have sustained traumatic injuries. Medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher; non-emergent inquiries about our community hospital can be directed to a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746.

  • Sunburn Care and Prevention Guidelines for Summer

    Although the sun can inflict damage all year round with its ultraviolet (UV) rays, the summer is a perfect time to improve your knowledge of the risks of sunburn and how you can protect yourself. Sunburn is much more than a temporary nuisance and prevention is crucial for lifelong health. However, if you do get burned by the sun this summer and you live in the Thousand Oaks area, you can turn to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center for help. Our Emergency Room physicians treat all types of serious medical problems.

    Preventing Sunburn

    To reduce your risk of sunburn, choose lightly colored clothing that covers most of your skin. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection. About half an hour before going outdoors, apply a generous amount of sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and the backs of your hands. Most experts generally recommend using a product with an SPF of 30 or higher. Choose sunscreen labeled for broad-spectrum protection , which guards against both UVA and UVB rays. Reapply sunscreen every two hours or sooner if you sweat excessively or go swimming. It’s also a good idea to wear lip balm with built-in sunscreen.

    Caring for Sunburn

    Sunburn can be quite painful and uncomfortable. Take a cool bath or shower to soothe your skin and pat yourself dry gently. As long as your skin is not blistering, you can apply moisturizing creams with vitamins C and E. Wear loose clothing made of cotton and drink plenty of water.

    Knowing When to Go to a Hospital

    In certain circumstances, sunburn can be serious and may require care at your community hospital. Consider going to your local ER if you experience severe sunburn with a fever, faintness, dizziness, rapid pulse, or rapid breathing. Extreme thirst, nausea, sensitivity to light, and painful blisters are other signs that medical help is needed.

    Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is renowned for our responsive Emergency Room team and state-of-the-art medical technology. Our community hospital in Thousand Oaks also features world-class cardiology care, orthopedic programs, and surgical services. You can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (877) 888-5746.

  • Understanding the Dangers of a Hot Car

    Infants and young children are not able to regulate their body heat as well as adults can, nor are they able to escape a car when the temperature rises too high. Tragically, this leads to dozens of deaths each year when parents and caregivers inadvertently leave children in the car. Even the most attentive of caregivers can make one simple mistake that can lead to the death of a child. If a child is discovered in a hot car, the Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is standing by to initiate life-saving interventions.

    Cars can rapidly become death traps .

    Some individuals may think that it’s acceptable to leave a child in a car when they are just running into a store to grab a few items or into a gas station to pay for gas. But in fact, no amount of time in a hot car is safe for a child—not even with the windows rolled down and not even on days when temperatures are only moderately high. In California, child deaths have occurred when temperatures were in the 70s. When a child has been discovered left in a hot car, even just for a little while, it’s important to take the child to the hospital for an evaluation. The hospital’s emergency room team can evaluate the child for dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heatstroke.

    No family is immune to the risks.

    In most cases, families of children who have lost their lives because of heatstroke certainly never intended to place their children in harm’s way. Many families think that tragedy could never affect them in such a way, but it’s important to realize that no family is immune to this potential tragedy. Any exhausted parent or busy caregiver can make a simple mistake that can lead to the death of a child. This is why it’s important for all parents and caregivers to be mindful of the danger and to take appropriate preventive measures.

    In addition to our responsive Emergency Room team, Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center features a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to provide specialized care and monitoring for children with critical health needs. If you find a child left alone in a car in the Thousand Oaks area, please call 911 immediately. Our Consult-A-Nurse line is available at (877) 888-5746 for non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services, which include cardiology and maternity care.

  • Water Safety Tips for Swimmers of All Ages

    Swimming is an enjoyable way to keep cool in the summer heat in Thousand Oaks and swimming is also great cardiovascular exercise. However, a fun day at the pool or the beach can quickly turn to tragedy when accidents occur. To keep your family safe, follow some basic safety guidelines near bodies of water. The Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors a fun and safe summer season.

    Know How to Swim

    Many people hang around pools despite never having had formal swimming lessons. It’s crucial to know the basics of swimming, including treading water, before getting in a pool. Some experts recommend enrolling children in age-appropriate swimming lessons as early as the first birthday, but swimming lessons are also available for adults and it’s never too late to learn how to swim.

    Monitor Children Constantly

    Poolside tragedies can occur in an instant. Children should be under constant adult supervision while in and near the water. If there is a large group of children enjoying the water, then it’s best if there are multiple adults to supervise them.

    Use Life Jackets

    Children and inexperienced swimmers can benefit from wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, although this is not a foolproof way to prevent accidental drownings. Life jackets are particularly important when children and adults are enjoying a day out on a boat.

    Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

    Swimming and alcohol do not mix. Even slight intoxication can increase the risk of an accident. However, it is important to stay well hydrated while swimming outdoors. Keep a non-alcoholic beverage on hand to prevent dehydration.

    When accidents do occur in the Thousand Oaks area, the Emergency Room team at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is available on a 24/7 basis to provide life-saving treatments. In addition to our Emergency Room services, our community hospital is a leading provider of cardiology care. Call 911 immediately for medical emergencies; all other general inquiries may be directed to a registered nurse at our community hospital at (877) 888-5746.