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There Is No Safe Way to Text and Drive Safely

Becoming distracted while behind the wheel is never a good idea, yet thousands of people still die every year or are sent to the emergency care department because of distracted drivers. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that it only takes a few seconds of distraction to cause a life-changing car accident. Texting is one of the biggest culprits of car crashes. Here at Good Samaritan Hospital, our emergency care team encourages drivers of all ages to put down the phone and pay attention to the road when driving around San Jose.

Understanding the Facts

Distracted driving is a problem across the country, including right here in Silicon Valley. According to the official U.S. government website for distracted driving, 3,179 people lost their lives and 431,000 were injured because of distracted driving in 2014 alone. Many of those accidents were caused by people who were sending or reading text messages while behind the wheel. In fact, at any given time during the day in the U.S., about 660,000 drivers will be using cellphones or another electronic device while behind the wheel. Some people might not fully understand the potential consequences of their actions. The average text takes about five seconds to read. If the car is traveling at 55 miles per hour (mph), five seconds is long enough to drive the length of a football field. Plenty of problems can arise during that time to cause a car wreck when a driver isn’t paying attention to the road.

Identifying the Consequences of Distracted Driving

Sending or reading a text while driving can change your life forever. If the car accident claims someone else’s life, you’ll have to live with the guilt of having caused it. You’ll also likely be spending some time in jail for vehicular manslaughter. Even when a car crash isn’t fatal, it can cause traumatic injuries that may result in permanent disabilities and disfigurement despite the best efforts of emergency care doctors. Whatever your text message is about, it isn’t nearly as important as paying attention to the road.

When a car crash does occur in the San Jose area, the emergency care physicians and nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital are available 24/7 to provide life-saving medical care. If you’re involved in a car crash, you should call 911 right away. General questions about our hospital services may be directed to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.


Why Immunizations Are Essential for Kids

Vaccines, which contain dead or weakened diseases, stimulate the body to produce antibodies against that disease. This results in immunization, which is the process by which a person gains protection against a disease. Every child needs certain vaccines administered at specific times. In fact, your child should receive his or her first vaccine before leaving the hospital after labor and delivery. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s vaccination schedule and you live in San Jose, consider speaking with a pediatrician at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Vaccinations protect your child.

There are many serious diseases that can be entirely prevented by administering vaccines. These include diphtheria, whooping cough, polio, measles, and meningitis. Not only do these dangerous diseases cause considerable suffering, but they can result in the death of unvaccinated children. Having your child vaccinated in accordance with his or her pediatrician’s recommendations will protect your child’s health for many years to come.

Vaccinations have minimal risks.

Many parents have concerns about the potential risks of vaccines. Health experts widely agree that the risks are minimal. Most often, vaccinated individuals will experience some redness, swelling, and discomfort at the injection site. These side effects are temporary and a small price to pay for protection against deadly diseases.

Vaccinations protect your community.

Getting your child vaccinated is a civic responsibility because it safeguards public health. Many people are unable to be vaccinated, including those with weakened immune systems and certain allergies. These individuals are at risk of contracting diseases spread by others who were voluntarily left unvaccinated. Babies who are too young to have received all of their vaccines are also at risk.

Vaccinations support your family’s lifestyle.

Receiving a vaccination is much like getting an insurance policy. It protects your family’s lifestyle as well as your child’s health. Dealing with a serious, prolonged illness can result in significant medical costs and perhaps long-term disability care. Additionally, even if they never become ill, unvaccinated children may be prohibited from being enrolled in daycare and schools.

For years, families throughout San Jose have turned to Good Samaritan Hospital for compassionate, family-centered care for their children. Our community hospital offers a full spectrum of preventive and interventional care for children, along with supportive maternity services. You can request a referral to a specialist at our hospital by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.


Knowing When You Are Dehydrated During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting and joyous time, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking because there are so many health issues that expectant moms need to be aware of. Dehydration is one serious concern, particularly for women who are having a summer pregnancy. If you have concerns about your wellness during pregnancy, a maternity provider at Good Samaritan Hospital can help.

Water Requirements

Dehydration is a serious risk for pregnant women because their water requirements are greater than average. A steady supply of water is crucial for maternal and fetal health. For pregnant women, water helps fight many problems associated with pregnancy, including constipation, fatigue, and water retention.

Dehydration Signs and Symptoms

If you suspect you might be dehydrated and you’re expecting, consider calling your doctor for guidance or visiting the emergency care department in severe cases. Dehydration can be indicated by darker urine, headaches, dry mouth, and increased thirst. In severe cases, it may result in weakness, dizziness, confusion, and fainting.

Dehydration Complications

Dehydration doesn’t just affect pregnant women; it can also lead to serious risks for the baby. During pregnancy, dehydration may increase the risk of neural tube birth defects, low amniotic fluid, and premature labor. If you’re breastfeeding, you should be aware that dehydration can result in the decreased production of breast milk.

Prevention Tips

Everyone has unique water intake needs. As a general rule of thumb, you should be drinking enough water so that your urine is clear or very lightly colored. Keep a bottle of water nearby as you go about your day and take frequent sips. Avoid consuming caffeinated beverages, since caffeine has a diuretic effect. Increase your water intake during hot weather and before, during, and after exercising.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a renowned maternity hospital that offers the specialized medical care of a Level III NICU combined with all the comforts of home. Many new parents in San Jose choose our maternity hospital because of our beautifully designed, private labor and delivery suites and our extensive parenting support services. If you have general questions about our maternity services, call us at (888) 724-2362.


Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

Mental health is an essential component of a person’s overall wellness, yet it’s often overlooked. Family members may not understand the patient’s needs and even the patient may try to ignore the problem or otherwise fail to seek help at a community hospital. A major reason for this is the social stigma of mental health issues. Here at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, our hospital staff encourages our neighbors to become better informed of mental health issues to break the social stigma surrounding them.

Understanding the Scope of the Problem

The stigmatization of mental health issues can play a role in whether or not a patient will get the treatment he or she needs. A person who faces severe social stigma may blame him- or herself for the mental health issue. Some common stereotypes about mental health disorders are that they are caused by personal weaknesses, poor character, lack of willpower, or inadequate upbringing. Some people even assume that those who have mental health disorders will become violent-a stereotype perhaps fueled in part by mass shootings in the U.S.

Identifying the Problematic Results

As a result of the social stigma of mental health issues, many people with these problems live in fear, shame, and isolation. They may feel hopeless about their situation and they may blame themselves. People with mental health issues are commonly misunderstood by family members, friends, and co-workers. They may have problems holding a job and participating in daily activities. People with mental health issues have even faced misdiagnosed physical health problems and discriminatory practices in the insurance sector.

Learning About Mental Health

Breaking the stigma of mental health issues is crucial for society in general and patients in particular. By becoming better informed of the issues, family members and friends can support patients and encourage them to seek the care they need at community hospitals.

Good Samaritan Hospital is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare for families throughout the greater San Jose area. In addition to inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs, our community hospital offers compassionate cardiac care and maternity care. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.


Are Contact Sports Safe for Your Child?

The risk of concussions and other serious injuries during sports activities is certainly not new. Every year, young athletes require emergency care at a community hospital for serious sports injuries. With the release of emerging research regarding long-term brain damage in football players; however, the topic is getting renewed attention and many parents have begun questioning whether to let their kids play contact sports at all. If you’re concerned for your child’s welfare and you live in the San Jose area, you might consider consulting a pediatrician at Good Samaritan Hospital.

Understanding the Risk of Injury

A pediatrician can offer guidance on the safety of contact sports, but in the end, it’s left to the parents to make the decision of whether to let a child play. As the doctor in this featured video point out, it’s a judgment call that parents must make. Before making this decision, parents can become better informed of the risks of a particular sport, such as the short-term and potential long-term effects of concussions. In addition to head injuries, it is possible for contact sports to result in fractures elsewhere in the body, tooth loss, and eye injuries.

Identifying the Benefits of Team Sports

Although there’s no denying the fact that contact sports are associated with health risks, there are also plenty of benefits in letting kids play them. Team sports build character, encourage dedication and persistence, and develop teamwork and leadership skills. Playing a physically challenging sport can help kids develop resilience a key trait they’ll use for life.

Considering Non-Contact Sports Activities

When parents want to let their kids play sports, but don’t want to run the risk of serious head injuries, they might consider low-risk sports instead. Swimming has an extremely low risk of concussions. Tennis and golf are also considered to be quite safe, although there’s a risk of injury with any sport. Fencing is another good choice since fencers wear heavy padding and the “swords” they use aren’t actually sharp at all.

When accidents do occur and your child requires emergency care, you can trust the team at Good Samaritan Hospital to be on-call 24/7. Our emergency care services include a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and providers who focus on family-centered pediatric care. Medical emergencies should be directed to (888) 724-2362; non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services in San Jose can be directed to a registered nurse at (888) 724-2362.


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