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Acting Fast in a Medical Emergency

Medical emergencies are injuries or illnesses that can cause lasting harm or even death if prompt emergency care in a hospital setting is not provided. A medical emergency can occur at any time and happen to anyone, regardless of their age or their current health. Knowing what to do during a medical emergency can help you stay calm and act quickly in these situations.

Know How to Reach the Hospital

Because every minute counts during a medical emergency, it’s a good idea to know how to reach the hospital from your home. Learning this route will ensure you won’t need to look up directions or risk getting lost when time matters most. However, if you are experiencing a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, it’s always best to call 911, rather than try to drive to the hospital yourself.

Learn CPR

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a lifesaving procedure used when the heart or lungs stop functioning. Learning CPR is simple and classes are often available at hospitals and clinics to provide certification in this effective technique. Enrolling your family in a CPR class will ensure that everyone you love knows when CPR is appropriate and how to administer it in a serious emergency.

Create a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can provide the tools you need to take action during a medical emergency until professional help can be sought. A basic first aid kit should include sterile bandages, antiseptic, a blanket, non-latex gloves, scissors, aspirin, and a first aid instruction booklet.

The Emergency Department at Riverside Community Hospital is proud to provide fast, efficient, and cutting-edge emergency care services to our community. Our heart hospital in Riverside is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Certified Primary Stroke Center, as well as a paramedic base station and an emergency helistop. You can find out more about our emergency services or check the current average ER wait time on our website, or call (951) 788-3463 for answers to your healthcare questions.


What Are the Most Common Food Allergies and Their Symptoms?

Food allergies occur when the body mistakes food for a harmful substance and prompts an immune reaction. These reactions can range from mild discomfort to a severe condition called anaphylactic shock, which requires prompt hospital care to counteract. Allergists have identified several food allergies that are common among both children and adults throughout the United States—keep reading to learn more about some of these common allergies and their symptoms.

Peanut Allergies

Peanut allergies are among the most common and most severe food allergies. These allergies tend to persist past childhood and into adulthood, making constant vigilance and knowledge of symptoms and treatment important for those who experience an adverse reaction to peanuts. Exposure to peanuts can cause symptoms that include a runny nose, hives, flushed or swollen skin, an itchy or tingling mouth and throat, and diarrhea, abdominal cramps, or vomiting. Severe reactions can cause tightness of the throat and wheezing or difficulty breathing that should be treated at a hospital as soon as possible.

Wheat Allergies

Wheat allergies are more common in children than adults; most individuals will outgrow a wheat allergy, though some people do not. It’s important to differentiate between wheat allergies and wheat intolerance, or celiac disease. While celiac disease can cause severe complications and health concerns over time, an acute wheat allergy will result in symptoms shortly after eating wheat that may be mild or severe and life-threatening. These symptoms include swelling of the mouth, nose, or throat, congestion, watery eyes, skin hives, abdominal cramps or vomiting, and diarrhea. Anaphylaxis due to wheat allergies can cause chest pain or tightness, trouble swallowing or breathing, a rapid pulse, and dizziness or fainting.

At Riverside Community Hospital, our goal is to promote a healthier community through education and personalized care at our hospital serving Riverside. Our hospital services include emergency care, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging, and women’s and children’s care. You can find out more about healthy eating and how to treat allergic reactions on our website, or speak directly with a registered nurse by calling (951) 788-3463.


Texting and Driving: Not Worth the Risk

Texting has become so commonplace in modern society that some people have begun developing repetitive strain injuries like “texting thumb” because of it. This is a concern by itself, but when texting goes on behind the wheel of a car, it can be deadly. Far too many people have already lost their lives because of distracted driving. The emergency care physicians and trauma team at Riverside Community Hospital urge our neighbors throughout Riverside to think twice before texting while driving.

The Prevalence of Distracted Driving

Car crashes caused by distracted drivers have increased at an alarming rate. According to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, 1.7% of drivers in 2013 were found to be visibly manipulating devices or text-messaging. Just one year later, that statistic had risen to 2.2%. Drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the highest rate of being observed texting while driving. Perhaps even more alarming, a 2015 survey found that one-third of respondents admitted that they texted while driving and three-fourths of responders reported seeing others texting while driving.

The Risks of Distracted Driving

Texting while driving and engaging in other forms of distracted driving can result in life-threatening injuries that require intensive trauma care. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a registered nurse on the trauma care team at Riverside Community Hospital describe the types of injuries they see in the ER. These range from concussions and open fractures to internal bleeding caused by spleen and liver injuries-just to name a few. The patients who end up in the Trauma Center aren’t always the ones who caused the crash by texting while driving. Quite often, the patients are innocent victims of the carelessness of others. By choosing not to drive while distracted, drivers can help save the lives of others as well as themselves.

When a car accident does occur in the Riverside area, patients and their families can rely on Riverside Community Hospital. We are among the largest emergency care facilities and Level II Trauma Centers within the Inland Empire. Please refer all medical emergencies to 911; non-emergent inquiries about our community hospital may be directed to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.


Why a Hot Car Is No Place for Your Child

Dozens of young children lose their lives each year because of heatstroke caused by being left alone in a parked car. And contrary to popular belief, these deaths do not usually occur because the parents were being negligent or were uninformed of the risks. Typically, these cases arise simply because exhausted parents forgot their kids were in the backseat. Since a tragic death could affect any family, it’s critical for all parents to take precautionary measures. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our emergency care team urges parents to adopt safety habits that may save their children’s lives.

Understanding Heatstroke

Heatstroke is the most severe type of heat-related illness. It occurs when the body’s temperature is over 105 degrees Fahrenheit. When a child’s body temperature reaches 107 degrees, the condition is fatal. Heatstroke can cause seizures, delirium, unconsciousness, weakness, and rapid heartbeat, and it requires immediate care in the ER. Heatstroke is a particularly serious risk for infants and young children because they cannot regulate their body temperatures as well as an adult can. This means that they cannot withstand the high temperatures within a car for any length of time.

Identifying the Risks of a Hot Car

On a hot day, a parked car is like a sauna. Within a matter of minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels. It’s important for parents and caregivers to know that children have died in cars because of heatstroke even when the outdoor temperature was in the 60s; hot car deaths are not only a concern when heat waves occur. It will not protect a child to leave the windows cracked open or the car parked in the shade. The only way to prevent hot car deaths is to never leave children in parked cars, not even for a few minutes.

If you see a child in distress, call 911 immediately. The ER physicians and nurses at Riverside Community Hospital provide responsive care that can save lives. Residents throughout the Riverside area can direct their non-emergent questions about our hospital services to a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.


Top Reasons to Vaccinate Your Child

Most of the time, parents want what is best for their kids, but protecting a young child from every possible risk is a big job. Fortunately, there is a simple way to protect kids from dangerous infectious diseases: vaccinations. A vaccine contains dead or severely weakened organisms. The introduction of the vaccine into the body triggers the creation of antibodies against the disease, which offers protection from disease transmission. It’s natural for parents to have some questions about vaccinations. In the Riverside area, parents can turn to the doctors at Riverside Community Hospital for guidance.

Vaccinations protect your child.

The primary reason to vaccinate your child is to protect him or her from serious diseases, some of which may be life-threatening. Vaccines guard against diseases like hepatitis B, rotavirus, diphtheria, pertussis, polio, and measles—just to name a few. Since diseases like polio aren’t present in the U.S. any longer, it’s easy to forget just how dangerous they truly are. This may be why some parents still have reservations about vaccines, but you can rest assured that vaccinating your child on schedule will help save his or her life.

Vaccinations protect others throughout the community.

Some individuals are not able to receive vaccines because of health reasons such as severe allergies. Others, such as newborns, are too young to be fully vaccinated. By choosing to vaccinate your child, you can protect his or her playmates and everyone else in the community from the spread of dangerous diseases.

Travel increases the spread of infectious diseases.

Some parents might wonder why they should vaccinate their child against diseases that aren’t usually a problem in the U.S. The answer is that global travel allows diseases to infect people regardless of residency. It is possible for a child to acquire a deadly disease from a playmate, who may have acquired it from traveling abroad.

The risks associated with vaccines are minimal.

Vaccines undergo intensive testing and reviews before being made available to the public. They are very safe and effective. It is normal for the injection to cause some localized and temporary tenderness and discomfort at the injection site. However, the risks are minimal and it’s important to note that vaccines do not cause autism.

Families in Riverside will find exceptional maternal, newborn, and pediatric care at the Family Birthplace Riverside Community Hospital. Our hospital team strongly encourages new parents to get their kids vaccinated in accordance with their pediatrician’s recommendations. For general questions about vaccines or about our hospital services, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3463.


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