• Addressing CPR Myths

    When someone stops breathing due to cardiac arrest or other causes, rapid initiation of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is critical. By administering CPR to someone in need, you can help save that person’s life while awaiting emergency responders. Unfortunately, there are many myths about CPR, including the misconception that CPR can easily hurt patients. In fact, the chances of this occurring are very low, but the chances of death without CPR are quite high.

    You can hear more about CPR by watching this video. You’ll hear from a safety consultant and a personal trainer as they dispel some of the common myths about CPR. You’ll also learn some surprising statistics. For example, four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home. By learning CPR, you may save your loved one’s life.

    Good Samaritan Hospital encourages members of the San Jose community to consider learning CPR to help save lives . Our community hospital offers comprehensive healthcare services, including cardiac care and emergency care. Call (408) 559-2011 to reach us.

  • Getting to Know the Stroke Awareness Foundation

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    When a stroke occurs, every minute counts. The longer a stroke patient goes without emergency care, the greater the likelihood of long-term disability or death. Although emergency care at community hospitals can save lives and lead to more favorable outcomes, prevention is always preferable. In fact, the majority of all strokes are preventable. Thanks to the efforts of the Stroke Awareness Foundation (SAF), more families are becoming informed of the warning signs of stroke and the necessity of seeking emergency care.

    Stroke Awareness

    SAF is spreading the word throughout San Jose and other communities in California. The organization is helping others to learn the signs of stroke with the acronym “F.A.S.T.” The first three letters stand for symptoms that affect the face, arms, and speech, while the “T” reminds individuals that time is of the essence. By visiting the SAF website, you can discover more important facts about strokes, such as the causes, risk factors, and treatment options.

    Community Initiatives

    SAF launches several initiatives throughout California designed to increase awareness. Their Annual Fight Stroke Walk raises funds that fuel local programs to raise stroke awareness. The organization also established the Santa Clara County Stroke Busters Annual Stroke Fair. Along with local hospitals, including Good Samaritan Hospital, the organization offered free blood pressure screenings and important information about strokes to local families.

    Patient Support

    The SAF website is source of helpful information for recovering stroke patients and their families. Patients can explore a listing of local support groups, some of which are offered at Good Samaritan Hospital. The website also offers informative videos and animation clips.

    Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose was one of the country’s first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers and today, our emergency care team and stroke specialists treat almost 600 stroke patients annually. Our emergency stroke care consistently meets or exceeds our benchmarks, providing more patients with favorable outcomes. If you require emergency care at our hospital, please call 911. If you are not experiencing a medical emergency, you can call (408) 559-2011 to talk to a registered nurse.

  • What Can Expecting Moms Do to Prevent Birth Defects?

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    Birth defects can interfere with important functions of the body. Unfortunately, thousands of babies born in maternity hospitals each year are diagnosed with birth defects. Although not all birth defects are preventable, there are some steps expectant moms can take to safeguard the health of their little ones. If you’re looking forward to welcoming a child, you can talk to a healthcare provider at a maternity hospital about staying healthy during pregnancy.

    Avoid Alcohol

    No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Each time an expectant mom consumes alcohol, her baby does too. By avoiding alcohol during all three trimesters, expectant moms can eliminate the possibility of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDS). These are a group of conditions that can cause learning disabilities, vision and hearing problems, and central nervous system problems, among many others.

    Avoid Smoking

    Another way to keep a baby safe is to avoid smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and secondhand smoke, along with recreational drugs. Smoke inhalation during pregnancy can place a child at risk of being born with cleft lip or cleft palate, and being born prematurely.

    Take Folic Acid

    Expectant moms should get 400 micrograms of folic acid each day to prevent neural tube birth defects , such as spina bifida and anencephaly. Ideally, women who are trying to become pregnant would also supplement with folic acid.

    Discuss Medications

    When taken during pregnancy, certain medications can increase the risk of serious birth defects. Women who are trying to become pregnant or discover that they are pregnant can talk with a healthcare provider at their community hospitals about their current medications. It’s also important to discuss any dietary or herbal supplements.

    The team at the maternity department of Good Samaritan Hospital looks forward to helping you welcome your little bundle of joy into the world! When you choose our community hospital in San Jose for your labor and delivery, you can rest assured knowing that it offers advanced technology, plus all the comforts of home. For more information about our maternity hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • What to Bring When You Take Your Child to the ER

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    When your child requires emergency care, it’s likely that time is of the essence. Although you may be tempted to rush for the ER as quickly as possible, you may need to gather some items and information to bring with you. Parents can be prepared for medical emergencies by assembling this information in advance. Doing so is also helpful in the event the child is with a family member or babysitter when an emergency occurs.

    Medications

    The emergency care team will need to know about any medications your child is taking. It’s helpful to keep a list of your child’s medications. However, it’s best to take along all of the pill bottles, inhalers, or other prescriptions. This lets the physician know the exact dosage your child is using.

    Medical History

    Keep an updated record of your child’s medical history . It can be easy to forget important information when you’re worried about your child’s current medical emergency. Write down any recent illnesses your child has had, and previous surgeries and hospitalizations. Write down important information about your family medical history and make a note of your child’s immunizations.

    Important Information

    In addition to your child’s medications and medical history, you may need other important information when you seek emergency care. You may need the name and number of your child’s pediatrician, in addition to the name and number of your preferred pharmacy. The physician at the ER might ask you when your child last ate or drank.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, we’ve made emergency care a little easier on kids with our dedicated Pediatric Unit, specially trained nurses, and rapid response times. Whether you’re in need of emergency care, maternity services, cardiac care, or other healthcare services, you can rely on the team at our community hospital to provide compassionate care. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 to arrange emergency care; otherwise, you can contact our community hospital at (408) 559-2011.

  • Avoid the Dangers of Stacking with Your Exercise Goals

    If you’re new to bodybuilding, you might think that the term “stack” refers to the amount of weight you can lift. In actuality, it refers to bodybuilding supplements. A bodybuilding stack is a group of supplements that some companies claim can increase energy, enhance recovery, and improve muscle gain. Unfortunately, stacking can be a dangerous activity for fitness enthusiasts. Some supplements have been known to cause liver damage, testicle shrinkage, rage, and mood swings, among other problems.

    Learn more about the dangers of stacking by watching this portrayal of two bodybuilders. One of these young men quit stacking after his girlfriend informed him of the dangerous side effects. After hearing about these dangers, the other man also decided to quit.

    Good Samaritan Hospital provides residents throughout the San Jose area with emergency care, cardiac care, maternity services, and much more. Visit our website for more information or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (408) 559-2011.

  • Taking a Look at Modern Oncology

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    Cancer claims far too many lives each year. However, more cancer patients have a second chance at life these days, thanks to incredible advances in medical technology and techniques. For example, at your community hospital , you may find advanced radiation therapy such as CyberKnife and brachytherapy. Your local hospital may also offer medical oncology services with the latest drug therapies. These new advances in modern oncology offer hope to families across the country.

    Radiation Oncology

    Advances in radiation oncology in recent years have translated to greater precision, with minimal impact on healthy tissues. For example, the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System allows for precision treatment planning with sophisticated computer programs. With this system, high-dose radiation beams can be directed precisely at the tumor, sparing the noncancerous tissues around it. Brachytherapy is another option for cancer patients. It involves the placement of a radioactive substance right next to the tumor or inside it.

    Medical Oncology

    Medical oncologists specialize in helping patients recover from cancer through the use of drugs. Often, this involves chemotherapy drugs. One recent advance in modern oncology is the use of targeted therapy drugs. With targeted therapy, the specific genes, proteins, or tissue environment of a cancer cell is targeted. Essentially, this is a way to personalize cancer treatment.

    Screening Services

    Prevention and early detection are important tools in the fight against cancer. More screening tests are becoming widely available, such as low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer in its early stages. Breast cancer can be detected with a combination of tests, such as mammography, ultrasound, and MRI.

    At Good Samaritan Hospital , cancer patients and their families will find the latest technology available in radiation oncology and medical oncology. Our hospital also offers extensive cancer support services and screening services, along with exceptional emergency care, cardiac care, and maternity services. Residents of the San Jose area and beyond can reach our community hospital by calling (408) 559-2011. 

  • What You Need to Know for Your First Blood Donation

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    Did you know that January is National Blood Donor Month? Consider joining countless other Americans in giving the gift of life this month. The American Red Cross frequently holds blood drives at community hospitals and other venues. Before you swing by your local hospital to give blood, drink about 16 ounces of extra fluids and enjoy a healthy, low-fat meal. Additionally, if you are a platelet donor, you should avoid taking aspirin for two days prior to your blood donation.

    Remember to bring your driver’s license or two other forms of identification with you when you visit the blood drive and wear a top with sleeves that are easy to lift above your elbow. Before you donate blood, you’ll receive a mini physical and you’ll be asked some health questions to verify your eligibility. This interview is private and confidential. Be sure to tell the blood drive volunteer about any medications you’re taking or medical conditions you have.

    Good Samaritan Hospital has been pleased to serve residents of the San Jose community since the 1960’s. Today, our community hospital features advanced medical technology and state-of-the-art facilities. Call (408) 559-2011 with any questions you may have.

  • Tips for Picking the Right New Year’s Resolution

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    If you intend to make a New Year’s resolution this coming year, consider making one that can improve your health. Many people resolve to lose weight or to join a gym and get in shape. Others resolve to quit smoking or quit drinking. These are all excellent resolutions; however, to reach your goal, you’ll need a plan. You can start by visiting your local hospital and talking to your doctor about your health goals. Your doctor can provide guidance with regard to smoking cessation methods, safe weight loss, and safe exercise programs, for example.

    After consulting a physician at your local hospital, consider putting your goal and your plan in writing. Break your major goal into smaller goals. For example, if you would like to lose 20 pounds, your smaller goal might be to lose one pound per week. Then, develop a plan to reach those goals. You might decide to cut out sugary drinks, start drinking your coffee black, and exercise for 30 minutes per day. Instead of trying to adjust to all of these changes at once, pick one small change to work on each week.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is your community resource for reliable, actionable healthcare information. You can request a referral to a physician at our community hospital by calling (408) 559-2011.