• Understanding why kids may be sent to PICU

    The pediatric intensive care unit , or PICU, provides care for kids who need the highest possible level of monitoring. The PICU is also home to treatments and therapies that generally cannot be conducted in other parts of the hospital, such as ventilators. Having a child in the PICU can be stressful for parents, so understanding the reasons behind a doctor’s decision to send your child to the unit can be helpful. Here are some of the reasons your child may be admitted to the PICU.

    They need more intensive supervision.
    In the PICU, the nurse to patient ratio is higher, which means there are more nurses and fewer patients. This allows the medical team to spend more time monitoring each patient. If a child needs to have his or her condition closely monitored, he or she may be moved to the PICU where they can receive more individualized care.

    They are taking medicines with serious side effects.
    Some medicines that children are given in the hospital can potentially trigger serious side effects. In this instance children may be moved to the PICU to closely monitor and treat any side effects that may occur.

    Medicines that children may receive while in the PICU include:

    • Morphine
    • Dopamine
    • Epinephrine

    Vigilant monitoring and immediate access to critical care devices in the PICU makes it safer for kids to take these kinds of medications. Some medications are exclusively administered in the PICU.

    They need breathing help.
    Generally, kids who need to be on a ventilator are placed in the PICU. No matter what kind of ventilator a child is put on, he or she will receive pain medications and sedatives while receiving care. This combination of treatments is easier to monitor in the PICU.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we know how scary it can be to have your child admitted to the PICU. Our team of pediatric specialists in Thousand Oaks is always available to answer your questions while providing high-quality, compassionate critical care for your child. Learn more about all of our hospital services or request a referral to one of our providers by calling (877) 888-5746.

  • Fear not with These Frightfully Good Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween is the perfect time for ghosts and goblins of all ages to have a spooky good time, but injuries could turn the holiday into something a little more frightening than expected. If your Halloween does include an unexpected scare, the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be here ready to provide the urgent care you need so you can get back to the festivities. Here is a closer look at some of the injuries that are most common during the Halloween season to avoid a trip to our ER.

    Pumpkin carving mayhem
    Finger and hand injuries lead the way on Halloween, and the majority of those injuries are lacerations, often caused by pumpkin carving. Fortunately, you can reduce the odds of needing emergency care for a lacerated finger with these pumpkin-carving safety tips:

    • Use knives that are designed for carving, as they are less likely to get caught in the pumpkin skin. If you don’t have a carving knife, consider buying a pumpkin carving kit.
    • Never let a child carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
    • Always do your carving in a well-lit area, and make sure the carving knives and your hands are dry.

    Trick-or-treating terrors
    Fractures are also common on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and partygoers who are wearing costumes may be prone to falling, which can lead to broken bones. To reduce the risk of falling, keep this safety advice in mind:

    • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
    • Make sure costumes fit properly and don’t have pieces long enough to trip over.
    • Walk on sidewalks and paved areas, rather through grass, where you won’t be able to see any kind of trip hazards.
    • Carry a flashlight if walking in the dark.

    Collision calamities
    From people running into each other to cars hitting pedestrians, collision injuries are common on Halloween. These kinds of collisions can cause serious injuries, but you can reduce the chances of them happening to you with these tips:

    • If you wear a dark-colored costume, always wear reflectors.
    • Cross the street at crosswalks, and look carefully in all directions before walking.

    The emergency room in Thousand Oaks at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is ready to get you and your family through any seasonal mishaps that may occur. Get more information about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.

  • Fear not with These Frightfully Good Halloween Safety Tips

    Halloween is the perfect time for ghosts and goblins of all ages to have a spooky good time, but injuries could turn the holiday into something a little more frightening than expected. If your Halloween does include an unexpected scare, the emergency room at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center will be here ready to provide the urgent care you need so you can get back to the festivities. Here is a closer look at some of the injuries that are most common during the Halloween season to avoid a trip to our ER.

    Pumpkin carving mayhem
    Finger and hand injuries lead the way on Halloween, and the majority of those injuries are lacerations, often caused by pumpkin carving. Fortunately, you can reduce the odds of needing emergency care for a lacerated finger with these pumpkin-carving safety tips:

    • Use knives that are designed for carving, as they are less likely to get caught in the pumpkin skin. If you don’t have a carving knife, consider buying a pumpkin carving kit.
    • Never let a child carve pumpkins without adult supervision.
    • Always do your carving in a well-lit area, and make sure the carving knives and your hands are dry.

    Trick-or-treating terrors
    Fractures are also common on Halloween. Trick-or-treaters and partygoers who are wearing costumes may be prone to falling, which can lead to broken bones. To reduce the risk of falling, keep this safety advice in mind:

    • Wear slip-resistant shoes.
    • Make sure costumes fit properly and don’t have pieces long enough to trip over.
    • Walk on sidewalks and paved areas, rather through grass, where you won’t be able to see any kind of trip hazards.
    • Carry a flashlight if walking in the dark.

    Collision calamities
    From people running into each other to cars hitting pedestrians, collision injuries are common on Halloween. These kinds of collisions can cause serious injuries, but you can reduce the chances of them happening to you with these tips:

    • If you wear a dark-colored costume, always wear reflectors.
    • Cross the street at crosswalks, and look carefully in all directions before walking.

    The emergency room in Thousand Oaks at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center is ready to get you and your family through any seasonal mishaps that may occur. Get more information about all of our hospital services by calling (877) 888-5746.

  • Why men and women have differing cardiovascular care needs

    Heart disease is often incorrectly believed to be a condition affecting mostly men. In reality, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women and though overall death rates have declined recently, women’s rates have fallen less than men. Women are also more likely to die as the result of a heart attack than men. This disparity is caused by a lack of understanding of the differences in the cardiac care needs for men and women. Heart disease affects men and women differently, so they have different requirements for care. Here are some of the ways that women’s heart health needs differ from men’s.

    Women are more likely to have subtle symptoms of heart attacks.
    Not every heart attack is heralded by sudden, intense chest pain. Women are more likely than men to experience subtle symptoms of a heart attack. Some signs that women are likely to have include:

    • Nausea
    • Jaw pain
    • Neck pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Fatigue

    Women tend to ignore these symptoms when they occur or explain them away as something else, which means they are more likely to delay life-saving emergency care.

    Their increase of heart disease increases after menopause.
    Before menopause, women have a lower risk of having heart disease than men. Female hormones have some measure of protective benefit for the heart that reduces the chances of heart disease.

    After menopause, however, the risk dramatically increases for women. As mentioned in the video, their risk of heart disease goes on to exceed men’s after menopause. However, because many women are unaware of the added risk, they overlook the signs of heart disease and heart attacks.

    Women get less cardiac care than men.
    The stereotype of heart disease as a men’s health condition has led to women receiving an inadequate amount of care. In the ER, women may wait longer than men to be treated for a heart attack due to the different symptoms. They are also less likely to ask their physicians about their heart health.

    At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we understand the different needs men and women have for heart care, and we provide tailored treatments throughout our hospital, from our emergency room to our cardiology department in Thousand Oaks. To learn more about our services, please call (877) 888-5746.

  • Are there different types of breast cancer?

    Although breast cancer is often discussed as though it is one condition there are multiple forms of the disease, each of which requires a unique treatment approach. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer your physician will explain the type of the disease you have and what kind of care to expect. Here’s a glimpse at the most common forms of breast cancer:

    In situ breast cancer
    In situ breast cancers are forms of the disease that have not spread into surrounding breast tissue from the site of the malignancy. Cancers that are diagnosed in this stage are usually very responsive to treatment.

    Ductal carcinoma in situ is one form of in situ cancer. Sometimes, it is also referred to as intraductal carcinoma or stage 0 breast cancer. With this form of the disease, cancer appears in the cells that line the ducts of the breast, but the malignancy has not breached the walls of the duct to impact other parts of the breast.

    Invasive breast cancer
    Invasive—or infiltrating—breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread beyond their initial location into other parts of the breast. This kind of breast cancer can sometimes spread outside of the breast as well, through the blood and lymphatic systems.

    There are multiple types of invasive breast cancer, including:

    • Invasive lobular carcinoma
    • Invasive ductal carcinoma
    • Mixed carcinoma
    • Medullary carcinoma

    Inflammatory breast cancer
    Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare and serious form of the disease. Most other types of breast cancer are indicated by lumps but may otherwise cause no symptoms at all, inflammatory breast cancer can cause redness, thickening of the skin, and itching in the affected breast.

    Another danger inflammatory breast cancer poses is its ability to spread rapidly. By the time it is diagnosed, it may have spread to the lymph nodes, which further complicates treatment. If you have the symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer, consider seeing a healthcare provider as soon as possible.

    The Cancer Center at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center provides comprehensive cancer care in Thousand Oaks from diagnosis to recovery. A number of different specialists work together in this multidisciplinary department to ensure patients have access to every kind of care that can help them beat their diagnosis. Get more information about our cancer treatment program or get a referral to a specialist by calling (877) 888-5746.

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