• Breaking the Stigma of Mental Health Issues

    Mental health is an essential component of a person’s overall wellness, yet it’s often overlooked. Family members may not understand the patient’s needs and even the patient may try to ignore the problem or otherwise fail to seek help at a community hospital. A major reason for this is the social stigma of mental health issues. Here at Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose, our hospital staff encourages our neighbors to become better informed of mental health issues to break the social stigma surrounding them.

    Understanding the Scope of the Problem

    The stigmatization of mental health issues can play a role in whether or not a patient will get the treatment he or she needs. A person who faces severe social stigma may blame him- or herself for the mental health issue. Some common stereotypes about mental health disorders are that they are caused by personal weaknesses, poor character, lack of willpower, or inadequate upbringing. Some people even assume that those who have mental health disorders will become violent-a stereotype perhaps fueled in part by mass shootings in the U.S.

    Identifying the Problematic Results

    As a result of the social stigma of mental health issues, many people with these problems live in fear, shame, and isolation. They may feel hopeless about their situation and they may blame themselves. People with mental health issues are commonly misunderstood by family members, friends, and co-workers. They may have problems holding a job and participating in daily activities. People with mental health issues have even faced misdiagnosed physical health problems and discriminatory practices in the insurance sector.

    Learning About Mental Health

    Breaking the stigma of mental health issues is crucial for society in general and patients in particular. By becoming better informed of the issues, family members and friends can support patients and encourage them to seek the care they need at community hospitals.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is a leading provider of behavioral healthcare for families throughout the greater San Jose area. In addition to inpatient and outpatient behavioral health programs, our community hospital offers compassionate cardiac care and maternity care. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 724-2362.

  • 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.