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Making the decision to become an organ donor

Every day at Riverside Community Hospital, our organ transplant team sees the incredible difference just one person can make. We work one-on-one with patients who are waiting for a life-saving kidney, as well as those who have already been given a second chance at life. From our family to yours, thank you for making the decision to join the organ donor registry during National Donate Life Month this April.

The decision to become an organ donor

This decision is a highly personal one that only you can make. You may decide to join the registry after a loved one has been told he or she needs an organ transplant. Or, you might simply feel comforted to know that even after your death, you may be able to save up to eight lives with your organs.

If you decide to become an organ donor, you’re in good company. Millions of other U.S. adults have joined the registry, but the need for more registered donors is critical and ongoing. Take a look at these troubling statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • 119,000+ people on the waiting list
  • 22 deaths daily while waiting for organ transplants
  • 1 name added to the waiting list every 10 minutes
  • 3 in 1,000 registered donors die in a way that allows donation

The eligibility criteria for organ donation

Organ and tissue donors are all ages, sizes and ethnicities. Most health conditions do not disqualify a person from donating organs for transplant. Even if a couple of organs are not suitable for organ transplants, it’s possible that others will be suitable.

Most major religions approve of organ donation as a selfless act of humanity. These include Catholicism, Islam and Judaism.

All individuals who are 18 years of age and older can sign up on the state organ donor registry. When a potential organ donor dies before reaching the age of majority, the parents or legal guardians can make the decision to give the gift of life.

More than 525 patients have received life-saving organ transplants at Kidney Transplant Center in Riverside Community Hospital. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists is committed to providing uncompromising care, personalized treatment and comprehensive patient education. Call a registered nurse at our hospital in Riverside at (951) 788-3463.


Encourage the men in your life to get screened for testicular cancer

With the demands of work, family and friends, it’s hard to find the time to visit a doctor for health screenings. But these exams and tests, which are performed in the absence of symptoms, are an essential cornerstone of preventive medicine. If the men in your life haven’t seen their family physicians lately, encourage them to make an appointment during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April. A testicular cancer screening probably won’t reveal any abnormalities. But just in case it does, the skillful cancer care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help.

Testicular cancer screening guidelines

Health screening guidelines are established by multiple organizations and they can vary. It’s important to remember that these guidelines may not necessarily be appropriate for every patient. Men should consider asking their primary care physicians if a certain health screening is appropriate for them, based on their personal risk factors of testicular cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not currently recommend that men who do not have symptoms undergo routine screenings for testicular cancer. The organization also does not recommend that men perform routine self-exams.

The American Cancer Society does recommend that men who are at least 20 years old have a testicular cancer screening during their annual health exams. The organization also notes that doctors may recommend routine self-exams for men who are at a high risk of testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer self-exams

Self-exams for testicular cancer are intended to alert men to abnormal changes of the testicles, which should be evaluated by a doctor. Men who choose to perform self-exams should do so after bathing because the skin of the scrotum will be more relaxed. Men can check for the following abnormalities:

  • Hard lumps or nodules
  • Changes in size, consistency or shape
  • Swelling or enlargement of one testicle

Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital brings together leading oncology specialists who are genuinely committed to giving each patient the high-quality, personalized care he or she deserves. We’re pleased to offer state-of-the-art medical technology like CyberKnife and robotic surgery, which allows Riverside families to receive superior care right in their own community. Call our nurse referral line at (951) 788-3463.


How are traumatic injuries different from other emergencies?

Emergency Room doctors can diagnose and treat a wide range of medical problems—from respiratory infections to heart attacks. But in some cases, patients are taken to the Trauma Center instead to receive specialized medical care. Traumatic injuries are different from other medical emergencies because they involve significant shock or damage to the body as a result of physical force. At Riverside Community Hospital, our Level II Trauma Center is fully staffed 24/7 with specialists dedicated to saving lives.

Types of traumatic injuries

In addition to the physical trauma to the body, these injuries may be complicated by psychiatric, social and behavioral factors. Watch this featured video to hear a trauma nurse at Riverside Community Hospital explain the nature of traumatic injuries. Some examples of traumatic injuries include the following:

  • Internal damage
  • Head injuries
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Spine fractures
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Crush injuries
  • Collapsed lung
  • Puncture wounds
  • Gunshot wounds

Patients who are taken to the Trauma Center have acute injuries that are severe enough to require immediate medical attention. This may include emergency resuscitation to preserve life.

Causes and risk factors of traumatic injuries

Many trauma patients are involved in serious accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, falls from elevated areas and animal attacks. Other causes include the following:

  • Explosions
  • Physical assault
  • Natural disasters
  • Sports collisions
  • Near-drowning
  • Plane crashes
  • Electrical shock

Although accidents that result in traumatic injuries tend to occur very quickly, there are still ways of reducing your risk. Consider the following tips:

  • Wear a seatbelt
  • Avoid drinking and driving
  • Avoid distracted driving
  • Use power tools properly
  • Wear sports safety equipment
  • Avoid aggressive animals
  • Install smoke alarms

Treatment for traumatic injuries

Trauma surgeons, doctors and nurses must be ready to respond to all sorts of serious injuries at a moment’s notice. They rapidly assess the patient and administer life-saving interventions, such as resuscitation. The immediate focus is on stabilizing the patient, which may require the following steps:

  • Mechanical ventilation for breathing
  • IV fluids
  • Blood transfusions
  • Unblocking the airway
  • Bracing or splinting

It may be necessary to perform surgery right away or after the patient has been stabilized. Some traumatic injuries require extensive recovery and rehabilitation services.

From resuscitation to rehabilitation, our commitment to superior patient care is evident in all that we do. The Trauma Team at Riverside Community Hospital understands the complex needs of our patients and their families, and continually strives for healthcare excellence that exceeds national standards. Call 911 now for emergency care or call a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463 for general questions about our medical specialties.


Dog Park Safety for Animal Owners

Dogs love to meet new friends and run around while off their leashes. Your neighborhood dog park in Riverside could be an excellent opportunity for safe socialization and exercise for both you and your furry friend. But be mindful of the potential health hazards that might land you in the hospital. If an incident does occur, the Emergency Room in Riverside Community Hospital is always open.

Choose the Right Dog Park

Before letting your faithful companion off his or her leash, take a few minutes to assess the dog park. Avoid parks that have dogs that look aggressive or fearful. Avoid dog parks in which the other owners are inattentive to their animals.

Respond Appropriately to Unfamiliar Dogs

Kids are taught to not approach unfamiliar dogs without permission. This is also a good rule for adults. Even if a dog appears friendly, always ask the owner if it’s all right for you to pet him or her. Never pet an unfamiliar dog without letting the dog sniff you first. If an unfamiliar dog approaches you and appears aggressive, stay still and remain calm. Avoid direct eye contact, turn your body partially away from the dog, and say “No!” in a firm tone of voice.

Handle Dog Attacks Effectively

If a dog does attack you, you can reduce the risk of serious injuries by placing an object like a handbag or trash can between you and the dog. If the dog knocks you over, curl up, touch your chin to your chest, and cover your ears and neck with your hands. If you get bitten, seek emergency care promptly. Even if the wound does not appear serious, dog bites pose a significant risk of infections.

Break up Dog Fights Safely

No pet parent likes to see a furry friend fighting with another dog, but it’s important not to get between two fighting dogs. Never assume that your own dog won’t bite you. In the midst of a fight, even your own faithful companion may see you as an aggressor. Instead, grasp your dog’s back legs and pick them up as though you were handling a wheelbarrow. Ideally, the other dog’s owner will copy your actions.

Riverside Community Hospital is a leading provider of emergency and trauma services for individuals throughout the greater Riverside area. If you’ve sustained major trauma in a dog attack, please call 911 without delay. Otherwise, you can call a registered nurse at our hospital at (951) 788-3463.


Why 9-1-1 Is the Most Reliable Resource for Emergency Care

Every adult knows that calling 911 in an emergency is the right thing to do, yet many people fail to activate emergency services even in the midst of a life-threatening situation. In some cases, this is because patients do not recognize the subtle signs of a heart attack or they decide to wait and see if stroke symptoms will clear up on their own. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our emergency care professionals strongly urge our neighbors throughout Riverside to call 911 without delay when a true medical emergency develops.

Caller Instruction

When you call 911 to get help for yourself or someone else, an ambulance will be sent to your location as quickly as possible. However, there may be something you can do in the meantime to help preserve the patient’s life. The 911 dispatcher can walk you through the steps of performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), aiding a choking victim, or using an automated external defibrillator (AED). Calling 911 instead of trying to drive someone to the ER can save that person’s life.

Onsite Stabilization

Another reason why it’s better to call 911 in emergency situations is because patients can begin receiving life-saving interventions from Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel as soon as the ambulance arrives. Emergency technicians and paramedics can quickly assess the patient’s condition, deliver oxygen therapy, use a defibrillator, or add a stabilizing neck brace, depending on the patient’s specific needs. The patient will continue to receive life-saving care while in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

Care Coordination

Patients who have suffered a heart attack, stroke, or major trauma need immediate care when they reach the hospital. If you drive a patient to the ER yourself, the ER team won’t be alerted to the patient’s impending arrival. Calling 911 instead lets the EMS team coordinate the patient’s care with the ER doctors. While the ambulance is on the way to the hospital, the ER team can assemble and prepare to treat the patient as soon as he or she arrives. In a life or death situation, every second counts.

Riverside Community Hospital maintains ER wait times that are consistently below the national average. At our community hospital, patients can receive specialized cardiovascular and neurological emergency care. You can direct general, non-emergent questions to our hospital at (951) 788-3463.


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