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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.

Keep Your Eyes Safe from Injury

Keep Your Eyes Safe from Injury

Healthy vision is something that many people take for granted, but thousands of eye injuries occur in the U.S. every year. Most eye injuries occur at work, at home, and while playing sports. You can reduce your risk of winding up in the hospital’s ER by taking a few simple safety precautions. If an accident does occur, you can find the prompt care you need at Riverside Community Hospital.

At Home

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, almost half of all eye injuries occur in or near the home. This may be because only 35% of people surveyed have a habit of always using eye protection when situations call for it. Keep your kids safe by keeping them away from areas where you are operating power tools or lawn equipment, and protect your own eyes by wearing protective goggles. Protective eyewear is a must when doing tasks that produce airborne particulate matter and when working with chemicals.

At Work

Construction sites and woodshops are filled with hazards that can cause eye injuries, but any workplace can be potentially hazardous if it features chemicals or the potential for airborne projectiles. Your employer should provide you with the proper protective eyewear. In some cases, safety glasses are sufficient, while other worksites may call for full face shields. In addition to wearing safety gear, you can protect your eyes by paying close attention to the task at hand, using tools properly, and avoiding the use of power tools when you are fatigued or distracted.

On the Playing Field

Normal eyeglasses do not offer protection against sports-related eye injuries. Choose lensed polycarbonate protectors when playing basketball or racquet sports. Baseball batting helmets should feature polycarbonate face shields. Face shields or protective eyewear should also be worn when playing sports like football, soccer, hockey, and lacrosse.

The emergency care physicians at Riverside Community Hospital respond promptly to medical emergencies. For rapid transportation to our hospital, call 911 without delay. Non-emergent questions about our hospital services may be directed to a registered nurse in Riverside at (951) 788-3463.

How Young Women Can Manage Their Health

Young ladies have unique health needs that require the expert attention of an Ob/Gyn specialist. With the resources and compassionate care available at a community hospital, young women can become proactive patients who embrace preventive wellness. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our Ob/Gyn providers are committed to offering extensive patient education and support services.

Routine Health Screenings
Young ladies will usually have been to pediatricians for routine checkups and vaccines, but as they enter into adulthood, it’s time to see a gynecologist. Watch this video to hear an Ob/Gyn at Riverside Community Hospital explain that all young ladies should see a gynecologist no later than their 21 st birthday for a pelvic exam and Pap smear. However, women should have an evaluation younger than this if they are sexually active. During a typical exam, the doctor palpates the breasts to check for lumps, performs a pelvic exam, and takes a small sample of cells from the cervix. This sample is tested in a lab to check for changes that may indicate cervical cancer or pre-cancer. Young ladies who feel uncomfortable with the idea of having a Pap smear may choose to request a female gynecologist and/or have a female family member in the exam room with them.

Lifestyle Choices
During your appointment with an Ob/Gyn, you’ll be asked about your sexual activity and lifestyle choices. It can feel awkward sharing personal information, but you can rest assured that your doctor only cares about supporting your wellness and giving you the health information you need. The exam room is always a judgment-free zone. Based on the information you provide, your doctor may recommend a test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or an evaluation for other reproductive health issues, such as ovarian cysts. Feel free to ask your doctor about any concerns you may have, such as those pertaining to nutrition, weight, emotional health, smoking, and alcohol use.

Abnormal Changes
Your Ob/Gyn will let you know when you should schedule your next routine exam, but you may need to make another appointment sooner than this. Young ladies can manage their health effectively by being aware of any unusual changes with their bodies, such as menstrual abnormalities, or lumps in the breasts or underarms. Early detection allows for early treatment.

At Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll find comprehensive and compassionate care for women at every stage of life. Our Ob/Gyn specialists look forward to working with you to address your health concerns and answer your questions. Young women in the Riverside area can request a referral to an Ob/Gyn at our community hospital by calling (951) 788-3463.

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