• Debunking Myths about Concussion

    A concussion is a common kind of brain injury that requires emergency care to prevent long-term complications. It can occur any time there is an impact on the head and is a very common injury for athletes and car accident victims. Although concussions are common, there are many myths about them that could endanger you or your child. Don’t let these common concussion myths interfere with getting necessary emergency care after a head injury.

    Myth: Don’t Sleep After a Concussion

    Typically, only infants and toddlers need to stay awake after a concussion . For others, rest can be an important part of the healing process. If you suspect a concussion in yourself or your child, get emergency care so you can get the right diagnosis. After that, sleep is very beneficial in helping the brain heal. Interrupting sleep can interfere with the recovery process.

    Myth: You Can’t Get a Concussion If You Wear a Helmet

    It’s important for kids and adults alike to wear helmets when riding a bike or taking part in any other activity in which a head injury is possible. However, wearing a helmet does not protect your head from a concussion. A concussion occurs when the brain is shaken in the head and crashes into the skull—something a helmet cannot prevent. Helmets reduce the risk of catastrophic brain injuries like skull fractures, but a concussion is still possible.

    Myth: If You Don’t Pass Out, You Don’t Have a Concussion

    Some people mistakenly believe that if you don’t lose consciousness, you don’t have to worry about a concussion. In reality, only a very small number of people who get concussions actually pass out. In fact, losing consciousness isn’t even necessarily indicative of a severe concussion. If you think a concussion is a possibility, seek emergency care.

    With our emergency care, pediatrics, neurosciences, and diagnostic imaging departments, Good Samaritan Hospital has all the tools necessary to treat concussion patients of all ages. For more information about all of our hospital services in San Jose , please call (888) 724-2362.

  • When Should You Go to the ER for an Allergic Reaction?

    Allergic reactions can vary in severity from very mild rashes to life-threatening anaphylactic shock. In the case of severe allergic reactions, emergency care is essential for preventing breathing complications and other serious symptoms. However, when it is not obvious that your reaction is an emergency, how do you know if you should go to the ER? For allergic reactions, as with any medical condition, if you think your symptoms are severe, err on the side of caution and go to the ER rather than trying to wait the problem out. If you’re considering what steps to take, here are some indications that you may need emergency care for an allergic reaction.

    You Have Breathing Difficulties

    Breathing difficulties generally mean that you should go to the ER. Even if the breathing difficulties are minor at first, it’s important to get emergency care right away in case they become worse. If you are having breathing problems, consider calling an ambulance, as driving could be dangerous. You should also avoid taking oral allergy medications or liquids if you are having breathing problems, as they could cause choking.

    You Have Had the Reaction Before

    If you have had a previous allergic reaction to the same substance, consider going to the ER, even if the last reaction was not serious. In most cases, allergic reactions get worse with each episode. That is because the body reacts more intensely to the allergen with every exposure, as it recognizes it and sees it as dangerous. If you have had a past reaction, there is a good chance that a new reaction will be more severe.

    You Have Digestive, Neurological, or Dermatological Symptoms

    Allergic reactions can cause a variety of symptoms, and they may not even be the same every time you are exposed to the substance. If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, mental confusion, itching, or hives, you may need emergency care before your symptoms intensify.

    Get emergency care in San Jose around the clock in the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital. With a fully-equipped ER and dedicated pediatric emergency care services, we can provide care when your family needs it most. You can lean more about the services we offer by calling (888) 724-2362.

  • Safety Guidelines for Prescription Painkillers

    Prescription pain medications provide tremendous relief for people suffering from acute pain from an injury or surgery, or chronic pain from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. However, when not used correctly, these pain medications can lead to addiction, overdoses that require emergency care , and even loss of life. If you are prescribed painkillers, work closely with your doctor to ensure you are taking them correctly. These guidelines will also help you take pain medications safely.

    Take Medications Exactly As Prescribed

    Although it is always important to follow the instructions when taking any medication, with painkillers , sticking to your doctor’s instructions is essential. Taking your pain medications as prescribed is the best way minimize the risk of addiction and overdose. It may be helpful to set an alarm on your phone to alert you when you are due for the next dose, so you don’t get off track and accidently take more than you should. Avoid crushing or breaking pills unless told to do so by your doctor, as this can alter the way your body absorbs the medication and lead to an overdose. If you are concerned that you may have taken too many painkillers, seek emergency care right away.

    Avoid Combining Medications

    Do not take any medication with your painkillers unless it has been cleared with your doctor. Sometimes, medications—including over-the-counter medications—can have ingredients you may not be aware of that can interact with your pain medications. If your pain medications aren’t effective, talk to your doctor before supplementing them with over-the-counter painkillers, which could lead to overdose.

    Communicate with Your Doctor

    Be proactive about communicating with your doctor about your pain medications. If you are finding that they are ineffective, ask your doctor about changing to a different kind. If you are feeling the urge to take more than prescribed or have withdrawal symptoms when you move to a lower dose, talk to your doctor about safely transitioning to a different medication.

    From ER care to our pain management team and behavioral health services, Good Samaritan Hospital can help you overcome pain safely and deal with any complication associated with pain medications. Get more information about our hospital in San Jose by calling (888) 724-2362.

  • Teaching Your Children to Play It Safe Around Dogs

    Dogs and children usually make great playmates, but teaching kids some basic safety rules can help them avoid scary interactions with dogs that could lead to injuries that require emergency care. It’s easy to give your children a healthy respect for dogs without making them fearful. Follow these steps to teach your children the rules for interacting safely with dogs.

    Calmness Is Key

    It’s natural for kids to get excited when they meet a dog, but their excitement can easily encourage undesirable behavior in the animal. Jumping around, waving arms, and shouting can make a dog nervous or cause the dog to match the child’s excitement. A nervous dog can become aggressive, and an overly excited dog may inadvertently hurt or scare young children. Teach your children to approach dogs calmly, even if they know a dog well. After a calm greeting, supervised play can begin.

    Permission Is Required

    Young children with dogs at home may assume that all dogs are as friendly as their own, so they may have little fear about approaching an unknown animal in public. Teach your children that they must always get permission from a dog’s owner before approaching it and that they should never go up to an unattended dog. Children make some dogs skittish, which can lead to aggression and bites.

    Proper Introductions Count

    Teach your children that touching an unknown dog without making an introduction can make the animal scared. Show your children how to make a fist and extend it slowly so that the dog can sniff the back of their hand. This introduction will help the dog feel comfortable. You should also teach your kids to recognize the signs of aggression in dogs, such as a tense body, growling, and showing teeth. Kids shouldn’t try to interact with dogs showing these signs.

    If your child has a medical emergency, from a dog bite to an asthma attack, the ER at Good Samaritan Hospital is here around the clock with swift emergency care when you need it most. Our hospital in San Jose is also home to labor and delivery services, cardiac care, and much more. Call (888) 724-2362 for more information.