• Signs and Complications of a Chronic Wound

    Scraped Knee

    Chronic wounds are the result of cuts, sores, burns, or other injuries that have not healed properly within a period of about 30 days. Typically, wounds heal using the body’s natural responses to injury that repair the damaged tissue. However, certain medical conditions like poor circulation can prevent this response system from acting effectively, leaving the wound unimproved in spite of conventional treatment.

    Identifying a chronic wound

    Chronic wound care may be recommended by a physician when a wound has not responded to treatment as it should, or patients might seek this type of care independently after a period of one month when a wound has not healed. People do heal at different rates, but there should be some positive change to a condition after 30 days of conventional care. If you have conditions such as poorly functioning veins, nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, immobility, or poor circulation, you are more likely to suffer a chronic problem from a typical wound. Without proper specialized care, chronic wounds can lead to complications like those listed below.

    • Infection: When an open wound exists in the skin, bacteria are more likely to penetrate the body and cause infection. Once an infection develops, it can be compromising to the whole body because the immune system is already in a weakened state from the formation of the chronic wound.
    • Amputation: Lower limb amputations are one of the most common complications for diabetic patients with chronic wounds, as patients with diabetes often have circulatory disorders.

    To better understand what can be done to treat chronic wounds and prevent serious complications, schedule a consultation with the Wound Care Team at Good Samaritan Hospital. We offer comprehensive wound care in San Jose, and we work to personalize treatment specifically to the needs of each patient. Contact us for more information by visiting our website or calling (408) 559-2011.

  • Be Prepared for a Trip to the Emergency Room

    Hospitalized

    When you need to visit the emergency room, you are probably under high stress with a strong sense of urgency to get the medical attention you or a family member needs. Therefore, it can be easy to forget important information or documents that can streamline your emergency care. In order to reduce your stress when a trip to the emergency room is necessary, keep these materials handy so that you can have them ready to go before you head to the hospital:

    • Health insurance cards: Hospital billing is much less complicated when you have your health insurance information ready to go. Keep your insurance card in your wallet or purse so that it is easy to find and ready when you need it most.
    • List of medications: If you regularly take prescription medications or over-the-counter medicines, you should have this information written down for easy access. You might even consider making a laminated card to keep in your wallet so that you can quickly share this information with a nurse or doctor and avoid the potential complication of a drug interaction when treatment is taking place. If you have any allergies to certain medications, include this information on your list.
    • iTriage: You can be in tune with your emergency care by utilizing your smart phone with the iTriage app from Good Samaritan Hospital. This app can help you recognize symptoms, find information on common procedures, and know when it is time to go to the emergency room for care. You can also get a look at ER wait times by texting your zip code to 23000.

    At the Emergency Room at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, we are dedicated to offering patients prompt and accurate care for any emergency medical situation with diagnostic laboratory and imaging services on-site. Learn more about our emergency care on our website or give us a call at (408) 559-2011.

  • Exercise During the First Trimester

    Pregnant woman exercising

    Congratulations! You’ve just found out your pregnant. So is it time to lace up your sneakers for a good long walk? Or throw in the towel on exercise?

    During your first trimester of pregnancy, there are many small changes going on inside your body, but you may not feel different at all. So this is a great time to continue your exercise routine…or start one. Exercise in pregnancy has bountiful benefits:

    • Exercise can prevent aches and pains of pregnancy including constipation, varicose veins, backaches, and exhaustion.
    • Exercise may lower the risk of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.
    • Regular exercise helps you sleep better during pregnancy.
    • Staying active can protect your emotional health. Pregnant women who exercise seem to have better self-esteem and a lower risk of depression and anxiety.
    • Active women are often better prepared physically for labor and delivery.
    • Fit women have an easier time getting back to a healthy weight after delivery.

    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise per day on most if not all days of the week, unless you have a medical or pregnancy complication. If you’re active, you’re often able to exercise at the same level of intensity you did prior to pregnancy. If you’re just starting off, ask your Good Samaritan doctor for advice.

    Recommended exercises include:

    • swimming
    • walking
    • biking
    • yoga
    • weight bearing exercise
    • Kegel exercises

    When you exercise, don’t wear tight clothes, but do wear a good sports bra that will give you good support. Wear shoes that also have good support and are not slippery. Drink a lot of water. And remember to keep your heart rate under 140 beats per minute.

    Fitness goes hand in hand with eating right to maintain your physical health and well-being during pregnancy. If you have any questions, you can connect with our nurses on our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 559-2011. They can field a variety of questions, including those about exercise and your pregnancy.

  • Diet During the First Trimester

    Pregnant woman cooking

    You’re pregnant. Congratulations! Any cravings?

    Many women have strong desires for specific foods during pregnancy, and it starts as early as the first trimester. The desire for “pickles and ice cream” or other cravings is often caused by changes in your nutritional needs during pregnancy. The fetus needs nourishment. And your body absorbs and processes nutrients differently while pregnant.

    So once the early pregnancy nausea passes, if you have it, the experts here at Good Samaritan Hospital have some advice on what you should be eating.

    Eating healthy is more important than ever. Concentrate on quality, making sure that what you manage to get down is both nutritious and delicious. Stick to whatever foods you find comforting. Bland is okay, even if you’ve always loved spicy stuff!. You need more protein, iron, calcium, and folic acid than you did before pregnancy. The MyPyramid for pregnant and breastfeeding women is a good place to learn about what is recommended from each food group.

    You may also want to avoid three big meals a day, instead opting to graze through multiple, small meals throughout the day. You’ll feel better and your digestive system with thank you.

    You also need more calories. But “eating for two” doesn’t mean eating twice as much. It means that the foods you eat are the main source of nutrients for your baby. Sensible, balanced meals will be best for you and your baby. Try to avoid the empty calories of candy and sodas and other “junk” food.

    The amount of weight you should gain during pregnancy depends on your body mass index (BMI) before you got pregnant. The Institute of Medicine provides these guidelines:

    • If you were at a normal weight before pregnancy, you should gain about 25 to 30 pounds.
    • If you were underweight before pregnancy, you should gain between 28 and 40 pounds.
    • If you were overweight before pregnancy, you should gain between 15 and 25 pounds.
    • If you were obese before pregnancy, you should gain between 11 and 20 pounds.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, we believe every birth is a special one. That’s why we have designed our birthing center to meet the individualized needs of you and your family – and installed state-of-the-art technology to ensure a safe delivery. We encourage you to take one of our free tours of our maternity hospital – just give us a call today at (408) 559-2011.

  • How Breastfeeding Affects Your Baby and Your Body

    breastfeeding

    A growing body of research shows breast milk is the ideal food for your baby. It contains a natural mix of nutrients, designed to protect your baby from common childhood illnesses, all while helping him grow into a strong, healthy toddler.

    Studies suggest that nursing can decrease your child’s future risk of obesity, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, childhood leukemia, and other forms of cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, breastfeeding offers many benefits to your little one.

    • Breastfed infants have fewer deaths during the first year and experience fewer illnesses than babies fed formula. Expressed breast milk provides these same benefits.
    • Some of the nutrients in breast milk also help protect an infant against conditions like diarrhea, middle ear infections, and certain lung infections.
    • Some recent government-supported research also suggests that breast milk contains important fatty acids (building blocks) that help an infant’s brain develop. Two specific fatty acids, known as DHA and AA, may help increase infants’ cognitive skills.

    But the positives don’t end there. There are big benefits for Mom, too. Breastfeeding doesn’t cost a penny. Since there are no bottles to prepare or wash it saves time, and you don’t have to worry if the milk is the right temperature; it’s always perfect!

    Even better, breastfeeding can help you drop your pregnancy pounds faster, lower stress and may even protect you from cancer. Mom’s health benefits also include the following:

    • A baby’s sucking mechanism makes a mother’s body release a hormone that signals her uterus to contract and get smaller.
    • The closeness of mother and child during breastfeeding gives an emotional boost to many women.
    • Some research suggests that mothers who breastfeed their babies have fewer episodes of post-partum depression.
    • There is evolving evidence to indicate that certain types of cancer (such as breast, uterus, and ovarian cancer) occur less often in mothers who have breastfed their babies.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital, we believe every birth is a special one. That’s why we have designed our birthing center to meet the individualized needs of you and your family – and installed state-of-the-art technology to ensure a safe delivery. We encourage you to take a free tour of our maternity hospital – just give us a call on our Consult a Nurse line at (408) 559-2011.

  • See Which Foods to Eat While You’re Pregnant

    Good nutrition is important for all men and women, but it becomes especially important when a woman becomes pregnant. Instead of eating for one, a woman is now eating for two and must focus on getting enough calories and nutrients to sustain herself and her quickly growing child.

    In this video , you can learn more about what to eat during your pregnancy. The host not only discusses which types of high-nutrient and high-calorie foods women should look for, but also describes how much weight gain is healthy during pregnancy.

    Are you looking for more guidance in taking care of your health during pregnancy? Let the healthcare professionals at Good Samaritan Hospital help—contact us at (408) 559-2011 at any time of day.

  • Preventing Cardiac Disease in Your Child

    Pharmacist at pharmacy holding red heart

    Conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and atherosclerosis used to be considered exclusively adult diseases, but with over one-third of children between the ages of six and 11 qualifying as overweight or obese, healthcare providers are becoming increasingly concerned with the incidence of heart disease in children. We here at the Good Samaritan Hospital have compiled this guide to help concerned parents oversee their child’s cardiovascular health:

    Exercise

    Reports from the CDC indicate that childhood obesity figures have tripled over the past 30 years due, in part, to a sedentary lifestyle facilitated by computers, video games, television, and similar media. Even if a child is not particularly interested in competitive sports, it is important to find recreational activities that will allow him or her to stay active for at least a few hours every week. Guidelines established by the U.S. Health & Human Services Department recommend at least one hour of moderate to vigorous daily exercise for children from ages six to 17. Be aware that your child’s individual level of recommended physical activity can vary based on preexisting medical conditions, medications, and other factors.

    Nutritional Diet

    Between fast foods, preservatives, and your child’s natural preferences, developing a nutritional diet is often easier said than done. However, diets that are high in trans and saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium increase one’s risk for heart disease over time. Therefore, it is important that you work with your child to incorporate a diverse array of grains, fruits, and vegetables in their daily diet.

    Our team of professionals here at the Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose is committed to providing you with access to the medical resources and services necessary to protect your family’s health. Read what some of our patients had to say about us and call (408) 559-2011 for more information about our facilities.

  • Pre-eclampsia from the Patient’s Perspective

    Pre-eclampsia is a potentially life-threatening condition that can occur during pregnancy, usually in the late second or third trimester. This short video describes how consistent doctor/patient interaction can help address the long-term physical, psychological, and emotional effects of this condition.

    Pre-eclampsia occurs in about five to eight percent of all pregnancies and results in a sudden raise in blood pressure during pregnancy. This condition significantly increases the risk of sudden organ failure, seizure, and death. Although its causes are still unknown, early detection can reduce the risk of complications.

    We at Good Samaritan Hospital know that pregnancy can be a distressing experience, especially if and when any complications arise. Our maternity care specialists utilize the latest medical technology and techniques to help you get through your pregnancy as safely and comfortably as possible, from start to finish. Call (408) 559-2011 today schedule a tour of our maternity center. 

  • Tips for Keeping Your Child Safe This Summer

    Child Swimming

    The summer season provides several opportunities for fun, relaxation, and recreation, but it is also the season in which children are at the highest risk for unintentional injury or death. According to a recent report from the Safe Kids Worldwide Association, nearly half of all unintentional childhood deaths and injuries occur between the months of May and August (with most incidents occurring in July). Take steps to prevent a visit to the emergency room and protect your child with these simple summer safety tips from Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose:

    • Travel
      Motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death among children under 14 and among teenagers. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that child passenger fatalities rise 20 percent above the monthly average during summer, with the highest concentration around the summer holidays. Be sure to use a safety seat that is appropriate for your child’s height and weight, and never leave them unattended inside a vehicle. Be aware that IIHS statistics indicate that teenage drivers have the highest risk of fatal automotive collision, especially around age 16.
    • Recreational Sports
      Drowning is the second-leading cause of death in children under 14, and the rate of water-related incidents increases by 89 percent during warm-weather months. According the Safe Kids report , nine out of 10 fatal events result from a brief oversight during supervision. Help keep children safe from water-related injuries by utilizing items like protective fencing, pool covers, and alarms, and by keeping them in constant visual contact during swimming activities whether or not they know how to swim. Encourage children to use proper safety equipment for other activities such as biking, skateboarding, or high-contact sports, and be sure that items such as helmets meet the necessary safety standards.

    We here at Good Samaritan Hospital know that some accidents are unavoidable, which is why we strive to provide residents of Santa Clara County with access to quality healthcare and emergency care services. Take advantage of our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line by calling (408) 559-2011 for more information.

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