• Learn the Leading Signs of Flu

    The flu virus can be contagious up to 24 hours before symptoms develop. For this reason, it’s essential to spot symptoms as early as possible. Learn how to tell if you have the flu by watching this short clip.

    The most common flu symptoms include body aches, fever, chills, cough, runny nose, general fatigue, and vomiting or diarrhea. Even if you are not the type who gets sick often, you can still transmit the virus to others. While most healthy adults recover without hospitalization, antiviral medications may be recommended for older individuals, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions.

    Riverside Community Hospital  is your source for up-to-date health tips and the latest treatments for a wide range of conditions. From emergency care to preventative treatment, our staff is committed to providing friendly and reliable healthcare year-round. Call (951) 788-3000 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.

  • How to Choose a Healthy New Year’s Resolution

    Though New Year’s resolutions are very common, many of them are discarded within the first few months. Fortunately, there are a several ways to set yourself up for success and stay on track with your New Year’s resolutions. Below are a few tips from Riverside Community Hospital for setting healthy goals for 2014:

    Goals 2014

    Plan Exercise the Right Way
    Just as it takes long periods of eating unhealthy to affect your body, so does it take consistent exercise to reduce long-term health risks and slim down. It can be helpful to plan manageable chunks of exercise throughout each day to get yourself in the habit of exercising regularly. The  AHA guidelines for physical activity  are a good first milestone to work toward. Making plans with a workout buddy will also discourage you from skipping out on plans or quitting early.

    Monitor Your Eating Habits
    Some individuals are fine with suddenly starting a new diet, but for others, it can be helpful to first track their normal eating habits and make the small changes accordingly. The USDA SuperTracker tool is a free resource and a great place to start. Dietary needs differ between individuals, but a generally healthy diet consists of low saturated fats, high fiber, plenty of fruits and vegetables, and lighter proteins (especially fish, which is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids).

    Regain Control of Bad Habits
    Habits such as excessive drinking, smoking, and eating all have a significant impact on your long-term health and can increase your risk of developing certain illnesses. Resolutions that involve altering habits are often the most difficult to accomplish, but there are plenty of online resources available to help you stay on track with your commitment. For example, the American Lung Association offers a free Freedom from Smoking program online. A network of trustworthy individuals can also provide moral support and encourage you to stick with your resolution.

    Riverside Community Hospital is here to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle through compassionate care and high-quality medical services. To  learn more about us  or to schedule an appointment, contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line or call us at (951) 788-3000.

  • Tips for Staying Safe As You Deck the Halls

    There’s no harm in decorating your house to get in the holiday spirit, but it’s also important to exercise basic safety to reduce the risk of electrical shock, fires, or worse. Every holiday season, over 14,000 people receive emergency room treatment related to holiday decorating, and home fires cause millions of dollars in property damage. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) has issued a few guidelines for safe holiday decorating:

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    Tree Safety
    Pine trees are always in high demand this time of year, but they pose a significant fire hazard—especially if they become dried out. A fresh tree is much harder to ignite, so take your time to find one that will not lose many needles. Keep a natural tree away from heat sources—such as candles, fireplaces, and space heaters—and water it consistently. Avoid fragile ornaments that make sharp pieces when they break; consider making your own ornaments with the entire family or investing in plastic ones.

    Electrical/Fire Safety
    Christmas lights all come with warning labels detailing their energy usage and how many may be safely used. Certain items, such as space heaters and hair dryers, can use a significant amount of energy and can easily overload an outlet that is approaching its limit. One of the biggest dangers of electrical fires is that many occur behind the walls, and it can take several minutes to notice such a fire after the outlet fails. Place candles out of reach of children but in an accessible area, and always extinguish them before going to bed.

    Riverside Community Hospital is committed to providing a superior standard of healthcare and comfort to all of our patients. As the largest and most comprehensive acute care facility in the area, we offer a full range of state-of-the-art equipment. Take advantage of our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral service or call (951) 788-3000 to receive a physician referral or to get answers to your healthcare questions.

  • Ways to Get More Exercise During the Holidays

    While it’s tempting to bundle up and wait for more comfortable weather before getting started on diet and exercise resolutions, there are plenty of simple ways to fit a workout into your normal routine today. Check out these tips on how to start burning off those holiday calories:

    The CDC recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity every week and muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week. These figures may sound daunting, but a simple 30-minute walk 5 days a week or three 25-minute sessions of running every other day can easily fulfill your quota. Simple exercises such as squats, crunches, and pushups can also exercise most major muscle groups. Remember: The benefits of exercise are cumulative, so even squeezing in a few reps throughout the day will suffice.

    Walk Park

    Follow Riverside Community Hospital on Facebook and Twitter for more health and wellness tips. As a leading healthcare provider in Riverside County, we have the resources to provide comprehensive and cost-effective healthcare for the entire family. Call (951) 788-3000 or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line with any questions or comments.

  • Women’s Health: Focus on Cancers [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death among women in the U.S.? Only heart disease claims more women’s lives. Women have unique health concerns and needs that an OBGYN can address. Explore this infographic from our Riverside hospital to learn more about two types of cancer that are of particular concern to women. Breast cancer is one of the three most common cancers among women—in fact, about 30% of the cancers diagnosed in women are breast cancers. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer deaths among women, as your OBGYN can tell you. In this infographic, you’ll learn about risk factors, cancer screenings, prevention, and the importance of partnering with your OBGYN for improved health. Please share with the women in your life! 

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  • Shopping for Safe Toys for Your Children This Holiday Season

    An estimated 181,500 children received emergency room treatment for toy-related injuries in 2010. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for assessing the safety and age-appropriateness of toys, but it can take weeks or months to issue a recall, and simple toys can still cause injury. Consider these tips to avoid toy-related emergency room visits to Riverside Community Hospital this holiday season.

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    Age-Appropriateness
    Age ratings are not simply arbitrary recommendations from toy manufacturers or oversight organizations; they are solely based on safety considerations, not intelligence or maturity. Most children develop through several distinct milestones around certain ages, and giving a child a toy before he is ready could result in injury. For example, a young toddler who has recently learned to walk and run may have trouble coordinating hand and foot movements inside a toy car.

    Common Hazards
    Many toys (especially board games) come with small pieces that may pose a choking hazard. It is especially important to watch out for toys with small batteries and to make sure the compartment is completely secure. “Button” batteries can be easily swallowed and cause choking, internal bleeding, or chemical burns. You should also beware of toys with pieces of string longer than 7 inches. Even if a child is old enough to use a bicycle or other riding toy, it is still important to provide a CPSC or Snell-certified helmet and other protective pads.

    Storage
    Even age appropriate toys can be dangerous of the child falls on them, misuses them, or breaks off a piece and swallows it. That’s why it’s important to provide proper supervision during playtime. A large storage bin or container can be used to store toys or separate toys for different children. Be sure to place storage bins in places where there is no risk of it falling on the child.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been serving Riverside County since 1901, and we’ve grown into one of the largest full-service, acute care facilities in the area. We continue to value timely and reliable patient care above all else, and our team of healthcare specialists has access to the latest equipment and treatments. For more information about our services, call (951) 788-3000.

  • Check Out the Great Events Happening at Riverside Community Hospital!

    Riverside Community Hospital plays an active role in the community by offering plenty of resources, fundraisers, and activities to promote total health awareness. This short video covers some of our highlights from the recent 2013 Heart Walk.

    Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $10,687 and donate a total of $18,187 to the American Heart Association to fund heart disease and stroke treatment research. Our Heart Care Institute team also provided nearly 100 cardiac screens for attendees.

    We hope you will continue to support Riverside Community Hospital throughout 2014 as well. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates about our upcoming events, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral at (951) 788-3000 for more information about our facilities.

  • Using Proper Handwashing to Prevent Cold and Flu

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    Washing your hands is a basic and effective way to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Still, a surprising number of people get their hands dirty immediately after washing, or worse, don’t wash at all. Be sure to check out this brief guide on the importance of washing your hands from Riverside Community Hospital below!

    Proper Handwashing Technique
    CDC handwashing recommendations state that a person should wash her hands before and after meals, before and after coming into contact with an individual who is sick, after touching garbage, after using the bathroom, and after touching an animal. For the best results, wash and lather your hands for at least 20 seconds (hum the “Happy Birthday” song twice to keep time) and dry them with a clean towel or air dryer.

    A Word About Hand Sanitizer
    If soap is unavailable, an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol can kill most bacteria. However, hand sanitizer may not be as effective when your hands are visibly dirty, and the overuse of alcohol-based sanitizers can dry out the skin and irritate small scratches and cuts.

    Keep Those Hands Clean!
    You should assume that individuals who did not wash their hands have touched a doorknob before you, so touching that doorknob after washing your hands will only get them dirty again. Once bacteria are on your hand, they only require brief contact with your eyes, mouth, or nose to spread. The same goes for other commonly touched surfaces, such as paper towel dispensers and shopping carts.

    As a leading hospital in the area, Riverside Community Hospital is committed to providing families with the information and resources they need to enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe holiday. Take advantage of our free iTriage Symptom Checker app to receive up-to-date information on a wide range of conditions, or call us at (951) 788-3000 to speak with a knowledgeable representative.

  • Learn the Leading Signs of Flu

    The flu virus can be contagious up to 24 hours before symptoms develop. For this reason, it’s essential to spot symptoms as early as possible. Learn how to tell if you have the flu by watching this short clip.

    The most common flu symptoms include body aches, fever, chills, cough, runny nose, general fatigue, and vomiting or diarrhea. Even if you are not the type who gets sick often, you can still transmit the virus to others. While most healthy adults recover without hospitalization, antiviral medications may be recommended for older individuals, young children, pregnant women, and people with chronic health conditions.

    Riverside Community Hospital is your source for up-to-date health tips and the latest treatments for a wide range of conditions. From emergency care to preventative treatment, our staff is committed to providing friendly and reliable healthcare year-round. Call (951) 788-3000 to schedule an appointment or to receive a physician referral.

  • Proper Lifting Techniques to Help You Avoid Spinal Injuries

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    It’s important to know how to properly lift large gifts, furniture, and other heavy objects in order to avoid a potentially dangerous spinal injury. A trip to the emergency room can ruin any holiday.

    A basic rule of thumb is that it’s always safer to get help from a friend for especially heavy or bulky objects. Objects in an average-sized container should be placed flat on the ground. When lifting, kneel near the object, use your hands and arms to lift the box onto your knee, then lift the object while maintaining the natural curve of your back and holding it as close to your body as possible. You may also squat instead of kneeling if the object is light enough. Avoid twisting your back while carrying heavy loads. If an object is too heavy, consider using a dolly to make your life easier.

    Riverside Community Hospital is here to provide reliable and compassionate medical care. Check out our free iTriage app to instantly check our current ER waiting times, or call us at (951) 788-3000 for more information.

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