• Common Seasonal Accidents That Could Require a Trip to the Emergency Room

    The winter season brings with it cold weather, the holidays, and more visits to the emergency room than any other time of the year. In order to lower your chances of spending your holidays in the ER, Riverside Community Hospital warns you to watch out for the following accidents this season.

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    Burn Injuries

    There are several burn hazards in the home to be aware of this season. Cooking injuries are a leading cause of burns in the home, and these can be caused by contact with hot cookware and cooking surfaces or accidental fires caused by kitchen clutter. Holiday décor can also be responsible for burn injuries when outlets are overloaded.

    Food Poisoning

    Holiday meals require extensive preparation, and cooking may last for several hours. During this time, it is important to keep foods at proper temperatures so they are not able to carry foodborne illnesses. When items are not being cooked or served, they should be kept hot or refrigerated.

    Car Accidents

    Seasonal travel causes more congestion on the roadways, which can be a hazard when you are in the car. Drunk driving is another danger to be aware of through the holidays, as it causes a significant number of car accidents with a high rate of fatalities.

    Falls

    When you prepare your home for the holidays, you might hang decorations in and out of the house. While you are climbing a ladder or step stool, take your time so that you maintain your balance and avoid a fall that could lead to injury.

    If bad luck does find you this holiday season and you are in need of medical care, visit the Emergency Center at Riverside Community Hospital. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so you can always have the fastest possible care when you need it most. Contact us on our website or call (951) 788-3000 to learn more about us. For healthcare on-the-go, download our iTriage Symptom Checker App.

  • Robotic Surgery – Then and Now

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    Robots have proven that they can handle all kinds of jobs, from factory work to exploring deep into the ocean. They’re also becoming more and more popular in operating rooms.

    Robotic equipment doesn’t usually work on its own. Instead, the robot typically serves as a high-tech tool that the surgeon uses. The surgeon sits at a special work station with a console that shows the inside of the patient’s body, and uses hand and foot controls that move the surgical instruments with great precision.

    The advent of minimally invasive surgery in recent decades created a need for robotic assistance. These procedures allow the surgeon to operate using small tools and cameras placed into relatively tiny cuts in the body.

    The robot allows the surgeon to see the operating area in 3D, providing for better control of the instruments. The robot’s “hands” also have better range of motion than the tools surgeons use during minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.  Plus, any tremors in the surgeon’s hands don’t affect the robot’s movements.

    A robot was first used in surgery in 1985, when it assisted during brain surgery by helping the surgeon drill holes and collect tissue samples for a biopsy. In 1988, a surgeon performed a prostate surgery using the assistance of a robot. In 1992, a robot became available that ground away bone surface during hip replacement surgery.

    These non-human “surgical assistants” quickly became popular in the operating room. Only 1,500 surgeries were performed with a robot in 2000, a number that leaped to more than 20,000 in 2004. Robotic surgery has become especially popular for removing diseased prostate glands. However, it’s also used in many other operations, including certain heart surgeries, joint replacements, and eye surgeries.

    Since the surgeon doesn’t have to be located next to the patient during a robotic-assisted surgery, experts are interested in using robots in the future to help perform surgeries at long distances, such as to treat wounded soldiers.

    For robotic surgery in Riverside, look no further than Riverside Community Hospital. We offer the da Vinci Surgical System, a cutting-edge breakthrough that can be used for treating a number of conditions from cardiac procedures to urologic procedures. Call (951) 788-3000 for more information about robotic surgery at RCH.

  • Robotic Surgery – Then and Now

    Surgical lamps in operation room

    Robots have proven that they can handle all kinds of jobs, from factory work to exploring deep into the ocean. They’re also becoming more and more popular in operating rooms.

    Robotic equipment doesn’t usually work on its own. Instead, the robot typically serves as a high-tech tool that the surgeon uses. The surgeon sits at a special work station with a console that shows the inside of the patient’s body, and uses hand and foot controls that move the surgical instruments with great precision.

    The advent of minimally invasive surgery in recent decades created a need for robotic assistance. These procedures allow the surgeon to operate using small tools and cameras placed into relatively tiny cuts in the body.

    The robot allows the surgeon to see the operating area in 3D, providing for better control of the instruments. The robot’s “hands” also have better range of motion than the tools surgeons use during minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery.  Plus, any tremors in the surgeon’s hands don’t affect the robot’s movements.

    A robot was first used in surgery in 1985, when it assisted during brain surgery by helping the surgeon drill holes and collect tissue samples for a biopsy. In 1988, a surgeon performed a prostate surgery using the assistance of a robot. In 1992, a robot became available that ground away bone surface during hip replacement surgery.

    These non-human “surgical assistants” quickly became popular in the operating room. Only 1,500 surgeries were performed with a robot in 2000, a number that leaped to more than 20,000 in 2004. Robotic surgery has become especially popular for removing diseased prostate glands. However, it’s also used in many other operations, including certain heart surgeries, joint replacements, and eye surgeries.

    Since the surgeon doesn’t have to be located next to the patient during a robotic-assisted surgery, experts are interested in using robots in the future to help perform surgeries at long distances, such as to treat wounded soldiers.

    For robotic surgery in Riverside, look no further than Riverside Community Hospital. We offer the da Vinci Surgical System, a cutting-edge breakthrough that can be used for treating a number of conditions from cardiac procedures to urologic procedures. Call (951) 788-3000 for more information about robotic surgery at RCH.

  • Check Out These Helpful Resources From Riverside Community Hospital

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    Diabetes risk factors including insulin resistance are explained at NIDDK.NIH.gov.

    FamilyDoctor.org encourages patients with diabetes to get more exercise to control blood glucose.

    Medline Plus offers a look at how cigarette smoking impacts lung cancer risk.

    The National Cancer Institute explains the basics of cancer prevention through good habits.

    The American Cancer Society discusses why lung cancer may occur when no risk factors are present in an individual.

    Visiting the following websites can help you learn more about women’s health, organ donation, and much more. If you have any further questions, please call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

  • Riverside Community Hospital Announces $315M Hospital Expansion Project

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    Riverside Community Hospital is proud today to announce its plans for a $315 million expansion on the facility’s campus to meet the needs of a growing community and to ensure and even higher level of care and service for our patients.  This expansion project will be an incredible achievement for our hospital as it represents the single largest investment in the Hospital’s 111 year history. Please visit our website and Facebook for expansion updates and details as our project progresses.  There will be a Fact & Detail sheet posted on our site sometime in the next week as well.

    The expansion project is a seven-floor, 292,000 square-foot tower which will house 12 intensive care patient rooms, 60 medical and surgical patient rooms, a laboratory and food services operations.  The expansion project will include several major components including:

    • A new 4-level, 861-space Parking Garage
       
    • A new 3-floor, 60,000 square-foot Medical Office Building
       
    • A seismic retrofit and cosmetic upgrades to an existing patient tower
       
    • Imaging Department equipment additions and replacements with facility updates and expansion.

    In addition, the expansion project will enable Riverside Community Hospital to offer 72 private rooms in the new seven-floor tower, providing more space to accommodate families and expanding its service offerings to more critically ill patients. Several floors of the patient tower will be shelled space available for future growth and expansion. 

    The project is anticipated to create nearly 400 temporary jobs in various construction trades and nearly 300 full-time hospital positions when completed. 

    For more information, or if you have any questions or comments contact our marketing department at 951.236.2772.

  • How da Vinci Robotic Surgery Works

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    Robot-assisted surgery has ushered in a new way for doctors to perform surgery with greater precision and effectiveness.  It is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is increasingly used for a variety of procedures including:

    • Certain heart surgeries
       
    • Cancer surgeries
       
    • Gastric bypass surgery
       
    • Gallbladder surgery
       
    • Gynecologic surgeries
       
    • Urologic surgeries … and more.

    One of the most popular robotic surgical systems is called the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used here at Riverside Community Hospital.  The system benefits both doctors and patients.  It allows surgeons to perform surgeries in less time with more accuracy and it helps patients recover more quickly.

    During Da Vinci robotic surgery, tiny tools on long rods are inserted into several small incisions in the patient’s body.  The rods are attached to robotic arms located next to the patient in the operating room.  One of the rods contains a high definition 3-D camera, which enables the doctor to see inside the body during surgery.

    The surgeon performs the operation while seated at a computer console positioned at a distance from the operating table. The doctor maneuvers the robotic arms from hand controls on the console.  A powerful three dimensional monitor on the console gives the doctor high definition images for a better view of the operating field. The surgeon uses hand and finger movements to guide the robotic tools and has the ability to zoom in and magnify spots to get a more detailed view of the surgical site than is possible with the human eye.  

    The tools inside the body are designed to twist and turn like a surgeon’s wrists, but with greater flexibility and range of motion.  The tiny instruments are particularly helpful in operating on parts of the body that are difficult to reach.  The robotic system also detects and eliminates hand tremors, which allows for more precision in delicate and complex procedures than can be performed “by-hand.”

    Research shows da Vinci robotic surgery patients experience less blood loss, reduced pain and fewer complications.  Because the incisions are small, there’s less risk of infection, minimal scarring and patients heal faster so they can leave the hospital and resume normal activities sooner.

    Riverside Community Hospital employs the da Vinci robotic surgery system in many procedures. If you would like to learn more about robot-assisted surgery, call (951) 788-3000.

     

  • Steps to Take to Improve Your Pulmonary Health

    November is a time to breathe deeply and recognize the vital role of your pulmonary health in your well-being. This month is Lung Cancer and COPD Awareness Month, so it is the perfect time to start improving your lung and circulatory health with the right habits. Here are some tips from Riverside Community Hospital to get you on the right track to breathing easier.

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    Make exercise a priority

    When you are more physically active, you will have greater lung capacity, which will allow your blood stream to carry more oxygen through your body. Aerobic exercise is excellent for your lungs, because it requires you to breathe deeply while your heart rate is up. You might start with low-impact activities, like walking or swimming, and then begin to push yourself with more rigorous activities, including running, hiking, and biking.

    Get to a healthy weight

    Being overweight or obese can lead to lung diseases, such as sleep apnea and asthma, so it is important to focus on eating healthier for weight loss and maintenance. Exercising will also help you regulate your weight.

    Stay away from cigarettes

    Non-smokers have much healthier lungs than smokers, so you should avoid tobacco use for the sake of your health. If you are a smoker, it is never too late to quit and improve your pulmonary health. The very day that you quit smoking your lungs will begin to heal from the damage of tobacco smoke. You will also be helping those around you stay healthy, as secondhand smoke is damaging to others.

    You can start your journey to better lung health this month with events hosted by Riverside Community Hospital as part of our H2U Program. Sign up for our Inland Empire Heart Walk to get moving or attend our Lung Cancer Awareness Community Lecture by calling us at (951) 788-3000 or visiting our website.

  • Get Involved in the Great American Smokeout to Get Healthy This Year

    Every year, the American Cancer Society sponsors the Great American Smokeout, which is a national movement to get Americans to quit smoking for their health. The event takes place in November, and this year is expected to have the best outcome with more people kicking the habit than ever. Watch this video to learn how the Great American Smokeout came to be and how it has grown every year since it began over 30 years ago.

    For support with smoking cessation during this year’s Smokeout, contact Riverside Community Hospital. Visit us on our website or call us at (951) 788-3000 for a closer look at our advanced medical services and health education.

  • Could Bariatric Surgery Be Right For You?

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    If you have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight and can’t seem to move the scale with diet and exercise, weight loss surgery might be the answer.  But deciding to have bariatric surgery is not for people who only want to drop a few pounds.  Weight loss surgery is for the severely obese who have been unable to lose weight by other means and suffer obesity–related diseases as a result.

    To be accepted into a bariatric weight loss program, a candidate must meet specific requirements. Patients must need to lose at least 100 pounds and have a body mass index, or BMI, of 40 or higher. Those with BMI between 30 and 39.9 may also be considered it they have at least one obesity-related medical condition such as diabetes, heart disease or severe sleep apnea. 

    Doctors also evaluate whether a potential surgery patient has the motivation and willingness to follow the diet and exercise plan prescribed by the bariatric program.

    Current bariatric surgery procedures help patients lose weight in two ways. Surgeons reduce the size of the stomach and/or reroute the small bowel to limit the calories and nutrients absorbed by the body. Patients who are considering surgery should talk to their doctor to review the surgical options since each procedure has its own benefits, disadvantages and potential complications.   

    Undergoing weight loss surgery involves a lifestyle overhaul and is much more than simply having an operation.  Patients must commit to changing their habits and accept a lifetime of medical follow-up.  But research shows the benefits of bariatric surgery go well beyond weight loss and may include:

    • Improved quality of life
       
    • Resolved Type-2 diabetes
       
    • Reduced risk of cardiovascular disease
       
    • Resolved venous stasis disease
       
    • Resolved GERD (gastrointestinal reflux)
       
    • Improved asthma
       
    • Resolved obstructive sleep apnea
       
    • Resolved depression
       
    • Resolved migraines

    The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital offers advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures for individuals seeking a more permanent weight loss solution. Find out more about our comprehensive services by calling Riverside Community Hospital at (951)788-3463.

     

  • Are You at High Risk for Lung Cancer?

    The most effective tool that patients and doctors have to fight cancer is prevention, which is only a possibility when the risk factors for certain types of cancer are recognized. Lung cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, but it still takes the lives of millions of Americans each year. You can work to end the devastation of lung cancer and create a brighter future for your health by asking yourself the questions below to determine your lung cancer risk.

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    Do I smoke?

    According to the NIH, smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer. Cigarette smoke contains cancer-causing carcinogens that can damage healthy tissue in the body, particularly in the lungs where the smoke is inhaled. Plus, smoking causes more CO2 to enter your lungs, which prevents oxygen from properly circulating through your blood stream. Over time, these effects significantly increase the risk for cancerous growths in the lungs and elsewhere in the body.

    What is the air quality in my home?

    A primary cause for lung cancer in non-smokers is exposure to radon, which can be found in homes around the country. Measuring radon in the home is easy, and kits are available to do so. High indoor air quality in your home will allow you to breathe easier and stay healthier.

    Am I healthy for my age?

    Lung cancer is rarely diagnosed in people under the age of 50, so it is important to make your pulmonary health a priority as you get older. Staying active and avoiding alcohol and tobacco use will help you lower your cancer risk and have more energy through your golden years.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we are available to help you better understand cancer prevention with events like our Lung Cancer Awareness Community Lecture and Dinner taking place November 27th in honor of Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Sign up for a spot at this event or explore our other community health classes on our website or by calling (951) 788-3000.