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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.

National Cord Blood Awareness Month: What You Need to Know

After receiving the news that you’re an expectant parent, you might begin planning the nursery color scheme, selecting a name, and perhaps researching preschool options. But have you considered banking your infant’s cord blood? July is National Cord Blood Awareness Month and the maternity team at Good Samaritan Hospital encourages expecting parents to become informed of the issues. If you decide to bank your infant’s cord blood for his or her future stem cell needs, be sure to let our maternity team know before you arrive on your big day.

Understanding Stem Cell Transplants

Shortly after a baby is born, the maternity team can preserve the blood from the umbilical cord and send it to a cord blood bank. This blood contains adult stem cells that may play an integral role in future medical treatment. Stem cell transplants can be used in cancer treatment. The cord blood may later be used to treat severe blood diseases or immune-deficiency diseases. It is possible to get these stem cells from a donor. However, it is best if the donor stem cells match the patient as closely as possible. Unfortunately, many patients who can benefit from stem cell transplants do not have a matching donor in their own family. This is why many healthcare experts recommend cord blood banking.

Donating Cord Blood

Charitable organizations have been established to allow new parents to donate their infants’ cord blood to those who need it. Cord blood donations are completed anonymously. It’s essential to ask the hospital about donating cord blood in advance. In the U.S., mothers must sign up for the donation no later than the 34 th week of pregnancy.

Banking Cord Blood Privately

Alternatively, parents may choose to preserve the infant’s cord blood at a private cord blood bank. There are many of them scattered across the U.S. Parents are advised to thoroughly research their options beforehand; a one-time initial deposit is required and parents can expect to pay an annual storage fee thereafter.

Good Samaritan Hospital has been widely recognized as being a leader in maternity, labor, and delivery services for San Jose area families. Our community hospital provides family-centered pediatric care to meet the unique developmental, social, and medical needs of each child. If you have general health care questions for a registered nurse at our community hospital, you can call (888) 724-2362.

Understanding the Most Common Eye Injuries

Since permanent vision loss can result from severe eye injuries, these situations require emergency care at Good Samaritan Hospital. Complications are more likely to occur when the individual delays seeking emergency care. While awaiting medical attention for any sort of eye injury, it is vital that the patient avoids rubbing, touching, or otherwise applying pressure to the injured eye.

Corneal Abrasion

The cornea is the clear, front component of the eye. A corneal abrasion refers to a scratch on this surface. This can occur when foreign matter such as sand or larger particles enters the eye. The risk of developing a corneal abrasion increases when an individual rubs the eye that is affected by foreign matter. A corneal abrasion may be indicated by symptoms such as blurry vision, tearing, redness, sensitivity to light, headache, and pain that may increase upon opening or closing the eye. Saline solution can be used to flush out the eye and remove small particles. Large particles may need to be removed by a medical provider.

Black Eye

Blunt force trauma to the eye region can result in a black eye. The hallmark discoloration of the black eye occurs because of the accumulation of fluids in the tissues. Even a light blow to the face can result in a serious eye injury. If you develop a black eye, it’s advisable to seek medical care right away. In the meantime, you could apply a cold compress to the area to manage your pain and reduce the swelling. A bag of frozen peas may be wrapped in a clean, soft towel and applied to the area for 15 to 20 minutes at a time every hour.

Lacerations and Puncture Wounds

If your eye has sustained a puncture wound or cut, it’s advisable to call 911 or have someone drive you to the ER right away. In the meantime, do not rub the eye, rinse it with water, or try to remove any foreign objects. Instead, you can create a makeshift eye shield by placing the bottom of a paper cup over the eye and taping it to the surrounding skin.

Residents of the San Jose area can count on Good Samaritan Hospital to provide emergency care on a 24/7 basis. Our hospital services also include maternity care, cardiac care, and pain management. Call 911 without delay if you’re experiencing a medical emergency; otherwise, you can contact our hospital at (888) 724-2362 for general inquiries.

Summertime Injury Prevention Tips

Summertime conjures up images of fun, but for doctors who provide emergency care, it also spells busy days and nights in the ER. Unfortunately, some of the very things that people love about summer are the things that can lead to the need for emergency care, but you don’t have to become a summer injury statistic. Keep these safety tips in mind to ensure that all of your summer memories have a happy ending.

Get Savvy About the Sun

Everyone likes to enjoy sunny days, but without the proper precautions, sun exposure can lead to illness and injury. Any time you’re going to be outdoors, apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and reapply it every two hours. Wear a hat to protect your face and long, loose clothing in light colors to further protect your skin from sunburn. Be sure to drink extra water when you’re outdoors to prevent heat-related illness, and stay in the shade as much as possible. If you or someone you know becomes dizzy, dehydrated, light-headed, or have muscle cramps, get out of the sun. If symptoms persist, get emergency care.

Wise Up About Water Activities

Drowning is a significant summer risk for kids and adults alike. Never allow children to swim unattended, and if you have a home pool, make sure your gate locks securely and is high enough to keep kids out when you’re not there. People of all ages should avoid swimming alone and should never swim in rough water or take part in any water sports without the proper swimming skills to react in the event of an emergency.

Face the Dangers of Fireworks

ERs see visits spike around the July 4 th holiday because of fireworks-related injuries. Even fireworks that are marketed to young users are explosives and should be treated with care. Never let children use fireworks without adult supervision. As emergency care provider Dr. David Feldman of Good Samaritan Hospital advises in this video, fireworks and alcohol are a dangerous combination that should be avoided.

When you need emergency care in San Jose any time of year, choose Good Samaritan Hospital. Get all the information you need about our hospital services by calling (888) 724-2362.

Exploring Life as a Cancer Survivor

When people are diagnosed with cancer, they are frequently so focused on fighting the disease that they forget to prepare for recovery. What do you do when the hospital visits, treatments, and emergency care are over? In honor of National Cancer Survivor’s Day on June 5 th, take a look at what life is like after cancer. If you or someone you love is fighting this disease, this information will help you prepare for the next step.

Emotional changes are common.

Fighting cancer is an emotional rollercoaster, and many people find that there is an emotional side to surviving cancer as well. Mixed emotional are common. For instance, when you’re fighting cancer, a team of supportive friends and family members often surrounds you, but when you are cancer-free, you may see less of these people because you no longer need as much help. Some cancer survivors have an initial feeling of loneliness for this reason. It is also common to have anxiety about the cancer returning or about lingering side effects of treatment, such as fertility problems or edema. Support groups are available to help survivors cope with these feelings.

You will still see your cancer team.

Survivors aren’t done seeing their care teams when they are cancer free. They return for checkups to help manage any treatment side effects that remain and to monitor potential signs of cancer recurrence. Cancer recurrence is a concern most patients have, and unfortunately it is difficult to predict when it will happen. Some cancers have a higher rate of recurrence than others, so your care team will help you understand your risk.

A healthy and happy lifestyle is within reach.

Most cancer survivors live happy and healthy lives and are only stronger from their experiences. By maintaining a healthy weight, quitting smoking, eating a healthy diet, and getting care when you need it, you can cut your chances of future bouts of cancer and enjoy a fulfilling and active life.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, support for patients during and after their cancer fights is one of the commitments of our nationally recognized cancer care team. For cancer care, maternity care, emergency care in San Jose, and more, trust our dedicated hospital team. For more information, please call (888) 724-2362.

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