• Setting expectations for joint replacement surgery

    After joint replacement surgery, you will undergo a multistage period of recovery during which your body will heal from the procedure and adjust to your new joint. It’s important to work closely with your providers to create a personalized recovery plan and to develop realistic expectations of the healing process. Here is a look at what you can expect after joint replacement surgery.

    You will be out of bed the same day as the surgery

    Most patients assume that they will be bedridden after joint replacement surgery, but the opposite is true. As explained in the featured video, in almost every instance, you will be up and moving around the same day as your replacement surgery.

    Getting up after surgery helps to reduce stiffness that can cause pain and inflammation and encourages healthy blood flow to the surgical site. It can also reduce the risk of complications like blood clots and help patients spend less tie in the hospital overall.

    You will have a pain management plan

    Pain is something that concerns many patients as they approach joint replacement surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will work closely with you to create a plan to keep you comfortable during and after surgery.

    There are a variety of pain medications that physicians can prescribe after surgery. In addition to oral medications, you may receive an implanted pain device that lets you administer your pain medications under the skin. Although some discomfort is an inevitable part of surgery, you should not be in severe pain during your recovery.

    You will have exercises to complete

    To strengthen the area around the joint replacement and reduce the risk of blood clots, you will have exercises you need to do each day. Your healthcare providers will give you an exercise plan, and you may also work with a physical therapist as you regain strength and mobility.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our orthopedics and joint replacement team is committed to providing patients with the support, education and encouragement they need before, during and after surgery. Get more information about joint replacement in Riverside, CA or a referral to a physician by calling (951) 788-3463.

  • 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.

  • 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.