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Do You Know the Signs of Dehydration?

Did you know that if you reach for a drink because you feel thirsty that you are already dehydrated? While mild dehydration may be resolved by sipping a glass of water, ignoring the symptoms and allowing it to progress can lead to serious health complications, including heart emergencies. Stay aware of these symptoms of dehydration so you can take action to prevent complications.

Thirst

As mentioned, thirst is an indicator that you are already dehydrated, not a warning to drink before dehydration hits. With mild to moderate dehydration, you may notice an increase in your thirst and your mouth may feel dry and sticky. As dehydration becomes more severe, so does thirst. Your mouth may feel extremely dry and your tongue may become swollen. Once you become severely dehydrated, you may dramatically increase your fluid intake without increasing your urine output, as your body tries to hold onto the water. You may stop urinating completely, or your urine may appear much darker than normal, despite drinking more fluids.

Rapid Heart Rate

Being dehydrated can upset the electrolyte imbalance in your body and make your heart work harder to supply your cells with nutrient-rich blood, so many people experience rapid heartbeats when they are dehydrated. This can be particularly dangerous for people with existing heart disease or other chronic conditions. Often, rapid heart rate caused by dehydration is also accompanied by rapid breathing.

Headache

Dehydration plays a role in a large number of headaches, and chronic dehydration can lead to chronic headaches. The lack of water in the body causes muscle tension, which in turn can cause headaches. Increasing fluid intake can be the key to reducing chronic headaches for some people.

Severe dehydration is a medical emergency, and the ER at Riverside Community Center is here to provide the urgent treatment you need when you have dehydration symptoms. From OBGYN services to our heart hospital in Riverside, we’re invested in your good health. To find out more about all of our hospital services, please call (951) 788-3463.


Planning a Safe Summer Road Trip with Your Family

Summer is the perfect time to hit the road with your family, but unfortunately, it is also a time that people find themselves making trips to the hospital ER more frequently. You can make sure your road trip doesn’t involve an unplanned detour to the hospital with this planning advice.

Pack a Disaster Kit

Bad weather, unexpected road closing, and mechanical trouble are just a few of the things that could leave you unexpectedly stranded on the side of the road. If this happens, it helps to have a disaster kit on hand. Pack your kit with First Aid items, high-protein snacks, water, and a flashlight with extra batteries. It can also help to have a battery-operated radio and extra prescription medications as well as emergency contact information. This kit can save the day if someone gets injured or if you are stuck for an extended period of time.

Share the Driving

Even when you are well rested, driving can be tedious and tiring. On long road trips, it can help to share the driving to make sure your attentiveness doesn’t slip. Make frequent stops as well to stretch your legs, get some fresh air, and recuperate. These stops can also add to the fun of the journey. If there is no one to share the driving with, or if all of the drivers are too tired to drive safely, find a safe spot to stop and get some rest.

Tell Someone Your Driving Route

Make sure someone at home knows your driving route and itinerary. If something goes wrong on your journey, that person can send assistance along that route so you can get the help you need sooner. He or she can also make sure you know about any inclement weather or other alerts that appear on your route when you’re on the road.

If a summertime injury or illness does occur, Riverside Community Hospital is here to help. We provide ER care all year long, as well as OBGYN care, heart care, and bariatric surgery in Riverside. Get a referral to one of our physicians or find out more about our services by calling (951) 788-3463.


Why Are Helmets So Essential for Outdoor Recreation?

For people enjoying bike rides, skateboarding, and other outdoor activities that could lead to injury, a helmet could be life-saving. When you or your children get active outside, make wearing a helmet a must and avoid a trip to the ER. Here are some of the reasons why helmets are so important and how you can make sure yours gives you the best protection possible.

Avoid Serious Injury

Head injuries that occur during outdoor sports can be devastating. Such injuries can lead to lifelong disability, paralysis, and even death. In the U.S., half a million children sustain head injuries while biking, many of which may have been avoidable with a helmet. Any kind of fall that involves a head injury always has the potential to be serious and should always be evaluated in the ER promptly. In some cases, early treatment could prevent a brain injury from worsening, which is critical for avoiding or reducing long-term complications. Simply wearing a helmet can protect against a vast number of these injuries.

Follow the Law

Helmets are so important for outdoor safety that wearing them is the law in many places. Before you engage in your favorite outdoor activity, find out what the rules are in your area. Some states require bike helmets, for instance, while others have more extensive helmet laws.

Choosing the Right Helmet

Getting the right helmet fit ensures that you get the maximum amount of protection. Always choose a helmet that has been approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission or Snell Memorial Foundation. The chinstrap should be snug, and the helmet shouldn’t shift in any direction. Consider choosing a helmet in a bright color to make yourself more visible, and use a helmet that was designed for the specific activity you will be doing.

At Riverside Community Hospital, in addition to our ER, we provide comprehensive care to the community, including bariatric surgery, robotic surgery, and organ transplant in Riverside. Call us today at (951) 788-3463 for more information.


Getting to Know Your ER: What Is Triage?

Your hospital’s emergency department exists to provide immediate treatment for serious injuries and illnesses that cannot wait for care. However, because there is a range of conditions that prompt patients to visit the ER, emergency room physicians use a triage system to quickly differentiate between severe conditions that can wait for care and life-threatening situations that must be treated immediately to prevent loss of limb or life. Triage is designed to not only identify patients that require immediate lifesaving care, but also to improve the care process for all patients, regardless of their needs, for faster service and well-matched healthcare in an emergency setting.

The Triage Process

The triage process begins as soon as you walk into your hospital’s emergency department. Arriving patients are evaluated based on their symptoms; patients that arrive by ambulance are evaluated by emergency care personnel during transport and this information is transmitted prior to arrival. These symptoms are used to rank patients in terms of their immediacy so that patients with the most urgent symptoms are addressed first. Once a patient has been stabilized, emergency room staff will move on to the next patient in need, assigning a more targeted healthcare team to follow up on patient needs if necessary.

The Benefits of Triage

Triage offers many benefits, the most significant of which is improved speed and quality of patient care for all individuals who visit the emergency room, regardless of the immediacy of their needs. This system has been shown to offer benefits particularly in busy emergency centers, allowing all patients to be matched with the care they need quickly, even when lower-risk patients must wait slightly longer to receive care.

At Riverside Community Hospital, our goal is to provide prompt and complete emergency care to each patient that enters our hospital ER. In addition to our emergency services, we also offer heart care, robotic surgery, and organ transplant in Riverside; you can find out more about our hospital’s services or what to expect when you visit the ER on our website or by calling (951) 788-3463.


Essential Tips for Summertime Grilling Safety

Summertime is the perfect time to spend the long, warm days outside with family and friends. Grilling is one of America’s most popular summer pastimes, providing the opportunity to bring people together to enjoy a social atmosphere and a delicious meal. However, grilling is also associated with several common injuries that could result in an emergency room or hospital visit; keep reading for a few essential tips you can use to improve safety when enjoying a grilled meal in Riverside this summer.

Always Grill Outdoors

While summer weather is typically warm and sunny, rain and wind can make enjoying your outdoor plans more difficult. However, activities such as grilling should always be performed outdoors, as using either a charcoal or a propane grill in an enclosed space can pose serious health hazards such as burns and carbon monoxide poisoning. Never grill anywhere but outside your home, and keep your grill away from overhangs, eaves, and other hazards. Additionally, never leave your grill unattended, even for a few moments.

Maintain Your Grill

Poorly-maintained grills can pose serious injury risks due to damage or wear that has not been addressed. One of the best ways to prevent grill-related injuries is to keep your grill clean and maintained. Cleaning your grill after every use will not only improve the taste of your food, it will also prevent burns and other injuries associated with the ignition of residual grease and fat as well. Always check over your grill before each use—if any portion of the grill appears damaged, don’t use it until repairs have been made.

Taking a few simple steps can improve your safety this summer and throughout the year to reduce the need for emergency care visits. You can find out more about the emergency and general care services available at Riverside Community Hospital when you click through our website to check out our emergency department, women’s and children’s services, bariatric weight loss services, and trauma services. If you’d like additional details or have questions about your health, our Consult-A-Nurse hotline can help at (951) 788-3463.


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