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EMS and ER Staff: Partners in Emergency Care

The relationship between the emergency medical services, or EMS team and the ER medical staff is an essential part of emergency care. By working together, the EMS and ER staffs can provide faster and more efficient care and improve patient outcomes. Here is a closer look at this special working relationship.

EMS: First Responders
The EMS staff are the first responders on the scene of any emergency. They can evaluate the medical needs of the people on the scene and determine if they can be treated onsite or need to receive emergency care in the ER. This means the EMS team may come to someone’s house who has dialed 911 for an ambulance because of heart attack symptoms or they may arrive at a multi-vehicle accident with several injured people who need to be evaluated and treated. In each instance, the EMS team has protocols that they follow to decide what kind of care each person needs and to provide them with life-saving treatment immediately while they transfer patients to the ER. Through the process of providing care on the scene and making hospital transfers, the EMS team may be in contact with both their own medical supervisor and the ER staff, in order to alert the hospital about the needs of the patients they are bringing in.

ER: Life-Saving Emergency Care
As Dr. David Feldman of Good Samaritan Hospital’s ER explains in this video, the ER staff frequently consult with the EMS team when they are en route to the hospital to find out about the critical needs of the incoming patients. These communications allow the ER team to prepare for a patient before he or she arrives, saving precious minutes when a patient needs emergency care for a heart attack, stroke, or other crisis. The ER staff can also offer recommendations for care to the EMS team as needed to further improve the treatment outcomes for patients.

Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to providing high-quality emergency care in San Jose by using all of the resources available to us, from our comprehensive hospital services to the skills of our dedicated local EMS providers. You can find out more about our hospital’s commitment to care by calling (888) 724-2362.

Safely Taking Medications During Pregnancy

Safely Taking Medications During Pregnancy
When you are pregnant, everything you put into your body is for two, including your medications. Although some medications can safely be taken throughout pregnancy, others could endanger your baby, so it is important to consult with your maternity doctor about any medications you currently take or are considering taking, including over-the-counter drugs. This guide will help you understand how to safely approach taking medications during pregnancy.

How can medications affect an unborn baby?
Some medications have been directly linked to birth defects, such as the acne medicine Accutane. Taking any of these medicines can dramatically increase the risk of birth defects in your baby. For other medications, the risk is less clear and depends on many different factors, including how much of the medicine you take, when during your pregnancy you take it, and for how long you take it. Your maternity doctor may recommend that you stop or avoid certain medicines when pregnant to be safe, even if the exact risk to your baby is not known.

How are chronic medical conditions managed during pregnancy?
If you have a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, controlling your illness is essential for your baby’s health. Many medications for chronic conditions can be safely taken throughout pregnancy to protect both you and your baby. In some cases, your maternity doctor may recommend you switch to a different medication to manage your condition during your pregnancy.

How can I treat acute illnesses?
When you are pregnant and come down with a cold or headache, you can’t simply reach for your medicine cabinet. It is important to discuss any medication you want to take with your maternity doctor before taking them. Some over-the-counter medicines, including ibuprofen and many cold medicines, are dangerous for babies and should be avoided. Your maternity doctor can offer alternatives.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, we provide care for mothers-to-be at all stages of pregnancy, from checkups to labor and delivery in San Jose. Call our hospital today at (888) 724-2362 for a referral to a maternity specialist or more information about our birthing center.

Are You Suffering from a Cold or the Flu?

Cold and flu symptoms can be similar, but it is important to know which one you have, as the flu can sometimes lead to complications that require emergency care. The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to visit your doctor for a flu test, but by paying attention to your symptoms, you can decide if a trip to see your physician is warranted. Consider this comparison of cold symptoms versus flu symptoms to decide which seems more closely aligned with how you’re feeling.

Cold Symptoms
Colds typically start with a nagging sore throat that persists for a day or two and then clears up, only to be replaced a runny nose, congestion, and a cough that usually appears four or five days after the sore throat appeared. Initially, the mucus that drains from your nose with a cold is clear and watery, and as the illness progresses, it becomes thick and dark. Most adults don’t experience a fever with a cold, but some children might. Colds usually last for about a week, though some of the symptoms, such as a cough, can linger for longer. Because you are contagious during the first three days of symptoms, you should stay home and rest.

Flu Symptoms
Flu symptoms are similar to those that occur with a cold, but they usually come on faster and are much more severe. The flu is also more likely to cause muscle aches, headaches, and extreme exhaustion. Fevers are much more common with the flu, though not everyone gets them. Some forms of the flu, such as swine flu, may also cause vomiting and diarrhea. Flu symptoms last for longer than cold symptoms. Although the worst of the symptoms are gone within five days, many people feel run down from the flu for weeks.

If you have the flu and experience shortness of breath, chest tightness, or a spiking fever, visit the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital. Because the flu can lead to serious complications like pneumonia or a cardiac crisis, getting fast emergency care in San Jose is important. You can find out more about our hospital services by calling (888) 724-2362.

New Year, New Healthy You

A new year offers one of the best opportunities to give your lifestyle a healthy makeover. Whether you want to focus more on cardiac care, lose some excess weight, or learn to control your stress levels, the new year is the time to kick-start your efforts. Keep in mind that setting small, attainable goals adds up to big, sustainable changes, so decide what you want to accomplish and lay the groundwork to get there. Here are some easy steps you can take to remake your health this year.

See Your Doctor
Preventative health care can have a tremendous impact on your well-being. Make seeing your primary care doctor a priority, so you can have a checkup and learn all of your important health numbers, such as your cholesterol, blood pressure, weight, and blood sugar levels. Your doctor can also offer advice about how to control chronic health conditions, monitor the progress of your treatment plans, and help to catch potentially serious health problems in their early, most treatable stages. See your doctor once annually, or as recommended.

Rethink Your Eating Habits
Instead of thinking in terms of being on or off a diet, take steps towards making healthy eating a lifestyle. Eat lean meats, whole grain carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Keep an eye on portion control, and limit your intake of added sugar and salt. These simple tips can pay dividends for cardiac care, high blood pressure management, and your waistline, without leaving you feeling deprived.

Get More Rest
Most people live busy lives that leave less time for sleep than ever before. However, your body needs rest to repair itself each day. When you don’t sleep, you increase your risk of obesity, heart disease, depression, memory loss, and even auto accidents. Make adequate sleep a non-negotiable part of your schedule.

Let Good Samaritan Hospital be part of your plan for a healthier lifestyle. We provide weight loss surgery, a network of physicians, and cardiac care in San Jose to help you have your healthiest year yet. To request a referral to one of our physicians, please call (888) 724-2362.

Why Are Falls More Common in the Holidays?

For ER doctors, the holidays are synonymous with fall injuries. During the season, the risk of falling increases for a number of different reasons, which means more people need emergency care for falls during the holidays than at any other time of the year. Here is a look at why falls are so common during the holidays, and steps you can take to prevent them.

Decorating Dangers
Decorating is a major contributor to the increase in falls during the holiday season. Whether it is taking risks by climbing up an unstable ladder or combining spiked eggnog with decorating activities, creating a festive environment could leave you in need of emergency care. You can protect yourself by using your ladder on a flat, stable surface and staying off the top two rungs. Always have someone nearby when you’re on a ladder in case you need help. Wait until the decorating is done to toast your efforts instead of drinking while decorating.

Rearranged Furniture
Many people rearrange furniture during the holidays to make room for decorations, and the new layout could increase the risk of falls. It is easy to fall over items that have been placed in what was once a clear pathway. If you move furniture, make sure everyone in your home is aware of the changes you’ve made, and take care when you’re navigating the space.

Cluttered Spaces
Clutter is common during the holidays, as decorations, wrapping supplies, and luggage crowd walkways in your home. Be mindful of the fall risks that clutter creates, and keep the floor as clear as possible. Make sure there are clear paths throughout the home for your family. Even a small bag or gift box can lead to a fall that causes injuries and a trip to the ER.

If you or your loved one falls victim to a holiday fall, get the help you need at Good Samaritan Hospital. From emergency care in our ER to orthopedic inpatient and outpatient care, we can get you back to your holiday festivities fast. Contact our hospital in San Jose at (888) 724-2362 to learn more.

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