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Teaching Your Child What to Do in Emergency Situations

Medical emergencies can happen at any time. To ensure that your family can approach any situation calmly and confidently, be sure to formulate a good plan of action. Doing so can help facilitate swifter and more effective emergency care when it is needed. Read on for some helpful tips for teaching your child how to react and what to do in an emergency situation.

Child Making Emergency Call

  • Ensure that Your Child Knows to Dial 9-1-1
    The first step in teaching your child about emergency preparedness is helping him or her learn what number to call in case of a crisis. As soon as he or she is old enough to use a telephone, teach your child to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number if someone’s life appears to be in danger, even if your child is not completely sure. It is also important to explain the dangers of making prank calls to emergency numbers—phoning in as a prank can keep someone else from getting the care they desperately need.
  • Make Sure Your Child Knows What to Say
    Once he or she knows what number to call, explain to your child what to say when an emergency occurs. Make sure that he or she knows that it is a friend on the other line waiting to help, and that he or she should follow the dispatcher’s instructions. Have a safe place to store important information, such as medications, phone numbers, and addresses that your child may need to know in case of emergency.
  • Prepare the Day Care Provider or Babysitter
    Provide your daycare provider or babysitter with a list of phone numbers that he or she may need in case a medical emergency occurs when you are away. If your child has any chronic health conditions, his or her care provider should be informed.

When you or a loved one is struck with a medical emergency, you can trust the experts at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose to provide you with prompt, quality care. To learn more about our comprehensive emergency services, call us today at (408) 559-2011. You can also get our emergency room wait times sent directly to your mobile phone by texting ER to 23000 and replying with your zip code.

Cardiac Arrest: The Chain of Survival

First Aid

Cardiac arrest occurs when the heart suddenly and abruptly ceases to function. These deadly events are caused by arrhythmias, or abnormal rhythms, of the heart muscle that result in the complete malfunction of the muscle. The most common arrhythmia that leads to cardiac arrest is called ventricular fibrillation, in which the two lower chambers of the heart beat erratically and do not effectively circulate blood.

Do you know how to react when a loved one or stranger experiences cardiac arrest? With the right knowledge and training, you can become a part of the chain of survival and may even save a life. The American Heart Association recommends that you take the following steps in the event of cardiac arrest:

  • Evaluate the situation and confirm the medical emergency. If the victim is unresponsive, begin emergency care.
  • Call 9-1-1 or have another bystander call.
  • Find an AED and follow the steps if one is available. AEDs are often found in gyms, hospitals, community centers, airports, and shopping malls.
  • Begin chest compressions by pressing into the chest at least two inches at a rate of 100 compressions per minute.
  • If you are trained in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), give two rescue breaths after 30 compressions. If you are more comfortable providing compression-only CPR, do so until the professional healthcare providers arrive on the scene.

Finding a defibrillator and producing an electric charge to the victim’s heart is essential for improving the chances of survival without brain damage. If you are interested in learning more about how to react in the event of cardiac arrest or any other medical emergency, visit the American Heart Association website or contact Good Samaritan Hospital at (408) 559-2011. For any urgent medical needs, the Good Sam emergency room is available every day of the year, 24 hours per day to provide prompt, expert care to the community of San Jose.

Signs of Labor

For expecting first-time mothers, the processes of labor and childbirth can produce both excitement and anxiety. For these women, knowing what to expect from this time can reduce any stress and improve their overall experience. By watching this video, you can learn more about the signs of labor and when you may consider calling your doctor or midwife. The host also discusses the details of the beginning of the labor process, including what it means to have your water break. Check out the video to find out more.

If you are ever concerned about the progression of your pregnancy, contact your healthcare professional to get answers. For a compassionate physician in the San Jose area, call the Good Samaritan Hospital Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 559-2011.

About National Women's Health Week

Every year, the United States Department of Health and Human Services designates the week of Mother’s Day as the national observance for women’s health. This special week was designated to promote the health of the women in our lives by educating them on how to live longer, happier, and healthier lives through continuous, quality healthcare. This May 13th through 19th, celebrate the health of women by increasing your awareness of women’s health issues, participating in promotional healthcare events, and helping the women in your life make health their top priority.

During National Women’s Health Week, encourage the women in your life to take the following steps for improving their health and preventing disease:

  • Eat well
    A balanced and nutritious diet is the cornerstone for a healthy life. To get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients the body needs to stay well, it is important to eat a variety of foods. Focus on green, leafy vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean proteins, and fruits.
  • Exercise often
    Getting in the habit of exercising regularly will not only help to manage weight—it will also help to boost mood, improve sleep, and promote cardiovascular health. Encourage the women in your life to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most, if not all, days of the week.
  • Get screened regularly
    For women, getting regular screening is especially important for maintaining good health. Tests such as colonoscopies and pap smears can help to detect cancers before they become advanced.
  • Save time for relaxation
    Relaxation is just as important as periods of physical activity. Encourage the women in your life to take time out of their day for themselves to relax.
  • Stay safe
    Encourage your friends and loved ones to stay safe and healthy during their everyday lives by avoiding tobacco, wearing a helmet when biking, and wearing seatbelts.

At Good Samaritan Hospital, our experienced medical team offers the women and families of San Jose high-quality, advanced medical care to promote and sustain health at all stages of life. Our BreastCare Center provides women with a comfortable environment for breast screening and care. If you would like to learn more about promoting the excellent health of the women in your life, please contact Good Sam today at (408) 559-2011.

Happy Mother's Day from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose

Mother's Day

In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve put together a list of quotes honoring mothers and motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society: 


  • A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.  --Tenneva Jordan
  • Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs... since the payment is pure love.  --Mildred B. Vermont
  • Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  --Author Unknown
  • Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  --Oprah Winfrey
  • A mom's hug lasts long after she lets go.  --Author Unknown
  • A mother's heart is a patchwork of love.  --Author Unknown
  • Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  --Marcel Proust
  • Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  --Elizabeth Stone
  • Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.  --Lin Yutang, Chinese writer
  • All women become like their mothers.  That is their tragedy.  No man does.  That's his.  --Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
  • Nobody knows of the work it makes
    To keep the home together.
    Nobody knows of the steps it takes,
    Nobody knows-but Mother.  -- Anonymous
  • Mother - that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries.  --T. DeWitt Talmage
  • There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.  --Chinese Proverb
  • When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.  --Sophia Loren, Women and Beauty
  • A mother understands what a child does not say.  --Jewish Proverb
  • A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.  --Washington Irving (1783-1859)
  • Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  --Marion C. Garretty

  • All I am or can be I owe to my angel Mother.  --Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President
  • My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.  --George Washington, U.S. President
  • There never was a woman like her. She was gentle as a dove and brave as a lioness... The memory of my mother and her teachings were, after all, the only capital I had to start life with, and on that capital I have made my way.  --Andrew Jackson, U.S. President
  • To the world you might just be one person, but to your mother you are the world.  --Author Unknown
  • There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose as lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps.  --Archibald Thompson
  • Mothers can look through a child's eyes and see tomorrow.
    Mothers deserve the credit for raising value-based leaders who accept responsibility; who possess physical, mental, and spiritual strength; who possess courage and confidence; and look with optimism to the future.
    Great mothers help their children to recognize that they can achieve the impossible.
    Great mothers bring the arms of comfort to an insecure child in a world of uncertainty.  --Reed Markham, American Educator
  • There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one.  --Jill Churchill
  • Mother's love is peace. It need not be acquired; it need not be deserved.  --Erich Fromm, psychologist
  • Woman knows what man has long forgotten, that the ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.  --Clare Boothe Luce
  • The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.  --Honore de Balzac
  • A mighty power and stronger Man from his throne has hurled, for the hand that rocks the cradle Is the hand that rules the world.  --William Ross Wallace
  • A mother is person who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.  --Elizabeth Marie
  • Children and mothers never truly part. They're bound in the beating of each other's heart.  --Elizabeth Marie

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