• Riverside Community Classes: Healing with Hope

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    As a healthcare leader in the Riverside area, Riverside Community Hospital strives to provide patients with high-quality medical care. To assist patients at all levels of care, we offer a variety of community classes that are focused on procedure preparation, healing, maternity, and much more.

    These classes, offered by our experienced and highly trained medical staff, provide educational opportunities for patients to enjoy a more effective treatment and healing process. Before entering the operating room for a hip replacement, patients can learn what they need to do to maximize mobility and strength. First-time moms can reduce their trepidation and increase their confidence before labor by learning more about the process. Otherwise healthy adults can visit a class to learn more about the risks and prevention of cancer.

    If you are interested in attending one of the many educational community classes offered by Riverside Community Hospital, please contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000. Our staff can help you decide which classes best suit your needs and schedule.

  • A Guide to Lightning Safety

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    When lightning strikes the body, injuries can range from a small amount of static electricity to cardiac arrest and death. If a victim does not experience cardiac arrest, the surge of electricity may still damage the heart and nervous system and cause superficial burns. Fortunately, these injuries can often be avoided with a little safety knowledge and preparation. Riverside Community Hospital urges you and your family to stay safe this summer by reading through the brief safety guide below.

    Know the Signs

    Lightning always accompanies thunderstorms. If you are outdoors and hear the sound of thunder, you are probably not far from a potentially dangerous storm. Do not delay—get out of the open and stay safely indoors until the storm has passed. The National Weather Service recommends that you stay indoors until at least 30 minutes has passed since the last boom of thunder or flash of lightning. When inside, avoid contact with corded electronics and keep a safe distance from windows and doors. Cell phones and cordless phones are generally safe for use during a storm.

    Be Prepared

    Having a lightning readiness plan can go a long way toward keeping your family safe when participating in outdoor activities. Before going outside, check your local weather to find out if a storm may be on its way. If there is any risk for foul weather, have a plan ahead of time for a safe shelter. Rain shelters, garages, sheds, and open vehicles do not provide shelter from a lightning strike; seek a substantial building or closed vehicle for optimal protection.

    Leaving the threatened area early, seeking a safe shelter, and waiting long after the storm has passed to venture outdoors are all extremely important for avoiding a lightning injury. If you have any remaining questions about keeping your family healthy and safe this summer, please contact the healthcare professionals at Riverside Community Hospital by calling (951) 788-3000.

  • How Riverside Hospital is Dedicated to Ongoing Excellence in Patient Care

    Riverside Community Hospital is a dedicated leader in advanced healthcare for the families of Riverside, California. With over 500 skilled physicians on staff and a team of skilled nurses, dieticians, and other experienced professionals, you can be sure that your family will receive high-quality care when they are trusted to Riverside.

    This video provides a brief introduction to the goals of the Riverside Community Hospital team. If you would like to learn more about our state-of-the-art medical services—including robotic surgery, an accredited chest pain center, and much more—please call our helpful staff at (951) 788-3000. We are always available to answer your healthcare questions.

  • What Are the Most Common Summer Sports Injuries Among Kids?

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    For many families, the warm and sunny weather of summer means more time spent outdoors enjoying football, soccer, swimming, and other fun sports activities. While these activities are great ways to enjoy the weather and get exercise, they can also create opportunities for serious injury. Below are some of the most common sports injuries suffered by children during the summer months and how your local community hospital can help.

    Traumatic Injuries
    Almost any sport can lead to traumatic injuries. Sports like basketball and tennis can often lead to potentially serious eye injuries, including a detached retina or scratched cornea. Concussions, spinal cord injuries, fractured bones, sprains, and strains are also injuries that can potentially affect children who play summer sports. Although not all accidents are avoidable, taking the appropriate preventive measures can help keep kids safer while they play. Make sure kids are always wearing protective eyewear, mouth guards, and other recommended equipment and supervise physical activity.

    Overuse Injuries
    Not all summer sports injuries involve trauma. Overuse injuries occur when certain movements are repeated too often, putting harmful stress on the musculoskeletal system. Little league elbow, for example, can result from repetitive throwing movements and cause pain in the elbow. Too much running on hard surfaces can lead to shin splints. Any overuse injury can be aggravated by excessive physical activity, using improper technique, or forgetting to warm up adequately before training. Help your children avoid overuse injuries by limiting the duration and intensity of daily exercise and encouraging warm-up and cool-down activities.

    If your child suffers an injury while playing sports this summer, trust the physicians and staff of Riverside Community Hospital to provide the expert, compassionate care your child needs to heal. Our nurses are always available to answer any health-related questions that you may have— contact us today at (951) 788-3000 for more information about health, wellness, and injury prevention.

  • Spotlight on H2U: What Will You Gain by Joining?

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    Health to You, abbreviated H2U, is a service offered by Riverside Community Hospital to promote the continued health of our patients and their families. For only a small fee, you can be part of a special group that receives up-to-date wellness information, discounts, and access to a variety of health-focused events.

    Enjoying lifelong health and wellness begins with knowledge and prevention. After you sign up with H2U, you will receive exclusive newsletters both online and in print, as well as a quarterly magazine. Members have access to an extensive health library and interactive health tools, both of which can improve your knowledge of medical conditions and their treatment. An H2U subscription also provides you with exclusive discounts for health, shopping, travel, and more from our partnered national companies.

    Are you ready to join H2U and take control of your long-term health and wellness? Visit the H2U website or contact the Riverside Community Hospital Staff at (951) 788-3000 today for more information.

  • Resources Available for Learning about HIV

    HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is an infection that can lead to a suppressed immune system and AIDS. The disease is not yet curable, but can be managed effectively with the help of an experienced physician.

    There are many myths surrounding the transmission of HIV and the development of AIDS. This video can help you get the facts about the disease, including its cause, transmission, and symptoms. The host also provides information on where you can find resources to learn more about HIV.

    Riverside Community Hospital is always available to answer your health-related questions—call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 to speak with our staff today. In addition to answering your healthcare questions, our staff can schedule your consultation with an experienced physician in the Riverside area.

  • How to Celebrate with Fireworks While Preventing Accidents and Injuries

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    For many families, enjoying an Independence Day fireworks show is one of the most beloved and exciting events of summer. Unfortunately, these sparkling light shows come with their fair share of risk. Before you make your plans to enjoy the fireworks this summer, the healthcare specialists at Riverside Community Hospital want to help you learn the best ways to keep your family safe.

    Attend a Public Show
    One of the best ways to avoid the potential burns and eye injuries associated with lighting fireworks is to avoid using them altogether. Do not introduce any fireworks, sparklers, rockets, or firecrackers into your home—instead, enjoy a public fireworks show put on by professionals in your area.

    Prevent Children from Using Fireworks
    If you do plan on setting off fireworks or firecrackers at your home, make sure children are unable to use them. Even small sparklers can reach very dangerous temperatures that may lead to serious burns if not handled carefully by an adult. Once the show is over, soak all fireworks in water before disposing of them and do not allow children to pick up any remaining fragments.

    Be Prepared
    Fireworks should always be lit outdoors with a bucket of water nearby in case of an accident. Keep a safe distance from any fireworks that are being lit. If you are lighting the fireworks, wear protective eyewear and make sure all body parts are clear while lighting. It’s also a good idea to have someone trained in first aid nearby in case someone suffers a serious burn.

    If an accident does happen this summer, be sure to have an emergency care plan in place to ensure your loved ones get the expert care they need. Riverside Community Hospital is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide high-quality medical care. Contact our staff today at (951) 788-3000 to get more helpful information about staying healthy this summer.

  • Coping with Pregnancy in the Hot Weather of July

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    Pregnancy involves a host of physiological changes in the mother’s body—changes that support the development of the growing child. Some of these changes, such as increased blood flow and weight gain, can contribute to increased body temperatures, which can get uncomfortable during the hot summer months. Riverside Community Hospital’s women and children’s specialists are always available to help women move comfortably and safely through the pregnancy, labor, and delivery process. Read on to learn some helpful ways that you can cope with the hot summer weather while pregnant.

    Go Swimming
    Spending some quality time in the swimming pool is a great way to cool off during the summer. In addition to helping an expectant mother stay cool, swimming may help take pressure off the sciatic nerve, which can become impinged as the baby grows larger. Getting physical activity during pregnancy through regular swimming is also a great way to manage weight gain and reduce stress.

    Drink Plenty of Water
    Moms-to-be can often get caught up in the excitement of preparing for the baby and forget to drink plenty of water each day. Especially during the summer months, it is important to drink plenty of water or electrolyte-enhanced beverages to help your body maintain a normal body temperature and to prevent dehydration.

    Keep your Clothing Light
    When you venture outdoors, keep your body cool by stocking your summer maternity wardrobe with light-colored, breathable fabrics that wick moisture well. Wearing lightweight clothing will help minimize sweating and prevent heat rashes from forming.

    If you are expecting a new baby and have any questions about the pregnancy or delivery process, let the experts at Riverside Community Hospital help. Our staff of compassionate healthcare specialists offers a variety of educational classes and professional services to help support mothers-to-be every step of the way. Call us today at (951) 788-3000 for more information about how we can help.