• Know what to do if your child is drowning

    Parenthood is incredibly rewarding, yet it can also be downright scary. Medical emergencies like near-drownings leave little time to think before acting, so it’s important to be prepared beforehand. Knowing what to do just might save your child’s life. When medical emergencies arise in the Thousand Oaks area, parents trust the Emergency Room doctors at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center.

    Take your child out of the water

    Every second counts in a drowning emergency. As soon as you notice a child in distress in the water, jump in and get him or her out by any means necessary.

    If there are other people in the vicinity, you should yell for help while going in the water. If there is a flotation device within easy reach, grab it and take it with you. You can use it to help keep your child’s head above the water while you get him or her to safety.

    Check for breathing

    Lay your child on the side of the pool or on the shore. Check him or her for breathing.

    Begin CPR

    If your child isn’t breathing, begin CPR immediately. It’s a good idea for all parents and caregivers to take a pediatric CPR course, just in case this sort of emergency happens. Pediatric CPR begins with delivering two rescue breaths in the following manner.

    1. Lay your child on the back and tilt the head back slightly. Raise the chin slightly.

    2. Pinch the child’s nose closed.

    3. Make a complete seal with your mouth over the child’s mouth.

    4. Deliver two breaths into the child’s mouth.

    If your child does not respond to the rescue breaths, begin chest compressions.

    1. Position the heel of one hand on the center of the chest.

    2. Put the heel of the second hand on top of the first. Lace the fingers together.

    3. Do 30 rapid compressions, pressing down about two inches into the child’s chest.

    4. Give two more rescue breaths.

    5. Continue to alternate compressions and rescue breaths until your child breathes or an emergency responder arrives.

    Call 911

    It’s ideal if someone else is available to call 911 while you’re performing CPR. If you’re the only person there, continue to perform CPR until your child begins breathing again. Then, call 911.

    Do not try to drive your child to the Emergency Room yourself. Emergency responders can continue medical interventions while on route to the Emergency Room.

    Our Emergency Room is fully staffed and equipped around the clock, although we sincerely hope your child will never need it. Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks is committed to providing the family-centered, compassionate care that each of our patients deserves. Call 911 immediately for transportation to the Emergency Room or call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 for general healthcare inquiries.

  • Bike safety reminders for adults

    Bicycling is fun for all ages, and it’s also a great way to stay in shape. If you’re looking for ways of incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine, join the countless Americans who choose to bike to work. May 19, 2017 is Bike to Work Day, which gives you and your co-workers the perfect opportunity to embrace eco-friendly transportation in Thousand Oaks. The Emergency Room staff at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center encourages our neighbors to brush up on their bicycling safety knowledge before heading out this May.

    Wear a properly fitted helmet

    One of the most effective ways to protect yourself while bicycling is to always wear your helmet. Getting into this habit just might save your life or perhaps keep you out of the Emergency Room altogether.

    Select a helmet that features the label of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This indicates that it has met high safety standards.

    Follow traffic laws

    Bicyclists should always know the state and local traffic laws that apply to them. Since bicycles are legally considered to be vehicles, bicyclists must:

    • Ride in the direction of traffic

    • Obey lane markings, traffic signs and traffic lights

    • Use hand signals in advance of turning

    • Yield to traffic and pedestrians when appropriate

    Avoid cycling while distracted

    It’s well-known that driving while distracted is one of the top causes of auto accidents. Bicycling while distracted is also a major safety risk.

    Avoid wearing headphones while bicycling. Riding on sparsely populated country roads gives you an opportunity to enjoy the scenery. However, you should always maintain keen alertness while riding in town.

    Increase your visibility

    It’s always a smart idea to boost your visibility on the road, as bicycles are considerably smaller than motor vehicles. Add front and rear reflectors to your bike. Consider installing a flashing red light for even better visibility.

    It’s advisable to avoid riding a bicycle near dusk and after dark. If you do ride when visibility is particularly low, you should wear bright, neon colors and have lights on both ends of your bike.

    The Emergency Room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center features East Ventura County’s only Level II Trauma Center. When a patient arrives at our hospital, our Emergency Room team immediately gets to work initiating life-saving interventions. For non-emergency questions only, you can contact a registered nurse in Thousand Oaks by calling (877) 888-5746.

  • Making smart decisions for your health

    Your doctors and nurses are always available to offer medical guidance, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we are a team of dedicated doctors and nurses who live and work in the same community as our patients. As your neighbors in Thousand Oaks, we genuinely want to help you live life well. Our hospital gives you the tools, resources and superior patient education you need to make smart decisions for your healthcare.

    Choosing a hospital

    Watch this featured video to hear from an administrator at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. He explains some of the factors you might consider when choosing a hospital. It’s always a smart idea to research the hospital’s patient satisfaction and patient safety scores, for instance.

    You could also take a look at the support services the hospital offers and the medical specialties available. If you have a heart condition, you’ll probably want to choose a hospital with an outstanding reputation for cardiology services.

    Choosing a primary care physician

    It’s important to establish a long-term relationship with a primary care physician with whom you feel comfortable. When you feel confident with your choice of doctor , you may be more willing to discuss the sensitive, personal information that will inform your treatment plan.

    Your family physician will also track your health changes over time, coordinate your care and provide referrals when needed.

    Being a proactive patient

    A proactive patient is one who seeks health information, asks questions and, in general, takes an active role in his or her healthcare. If you have a medical condition, you can proactively work with your doctor to ensure your treatment plan suits your needs.

    Even for those who are generally healthy, being a proactive patient is important. It means you’re willing to assess your lifestyle, make changes if needed and remain alert to changes in your health.

    For comprehensive healthcare in every stage of life, you can count on the highly skilled providers at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. We are leading providers of emergency care, cardiology services, neuroscience and surgery. Learn more about our uncompromising commitment to quality care on our website or by calling a nurse at (877) 888-5746.

  • Helpful tips for seeking mental healthcare

    Mental Health Month has been observed in May for nearly 70 years. It aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and signs of mental health disorders, and to eliminate the associated stigma. If you’re concerned about your mental health , you should know that you’re not alone. There are effective treatments available, and your doctor can customize a treatment plan that’s right for you. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, your health and quality of life are our highest priorities.

    Move past the mental health stigma

    Mental health stigma doesn’t only affect people who have already been diagnosed. It also affects those who experience symptoms, but haven’t sought help yet. Many people hesitate to talk to a doctor about their symptoms because they worry that their family and acquaintances will treat them differently.

    It isn’t possible to control the reactions of other people, but there’s a simple solution to this conundrum: Exercise your right to patient confidentiality. What you discuss with your doctor doesn’t leave the exam room.

    Confront your fears about seeking treatment

    The misconceptions about mental healthcare are another reason why some people are reluctant to seek help. Some people worry that they’ll be locked away in a mental institution, while others don’t like the idea of being on medications for the rest of their lives.

    Fortunately, these myths are exactly that—myths. Your doctor is there to help you, not to force treatment on you that you don’t want.

    Your doctor genuinely wants to help you enjoy quality of life and good mental health. You can rest assured that you’ll receive personalized treatment recommendations, but that it’s entirely your decision whether to use any of them.

    Talk to your family physician

    Some people receive mental health counseling through psychologists or psychiatrists, while others prefer to work directly with a trusted family physician. Even if you do decide to see a mental health specialist, your journey toward better mental health will likely begin with your family physician.

    When you go to your first appointment, bring a list of your challenges and symptoms. Expect to fill out a brief questionnaire and to have a no-pressure discussion about what you’ve been experiencing. Chances are, you’ll feel considerable relief just for taking this important first step.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we firmly believe in treating every patient with the respect and compassion he or she deserves. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks excels at providing patient-centered, personalized care that helps our valued patients live life well. You can get in touch with a friendly member of our nursing staff by calling (877) 888-5746.