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Unintentional Drowning: Avoiding Tragedy in Your Backyard

The soaring temperatures of a typical Las Vegas summer have convinced many area families to install pools in their backyards. Swimming is a great way to beat the heat and stay in shape, but backyard pools can lead to tragedy when children are left unsupervised. Even if you do not have a child, it’s important to practice pool safety for the protection of the children in your neighborhood. At MountainView Hospital, our emergency care team encourages families throughout Las Vegas to be mindful of the risk of unintentional drowning.

Fence in your backyard pool and keep the gate locked.

All backyard pools ought to be fenced in to keep out wandering children. The fence should be secured by a gate that should be kept locked whenever the pool is not in use.

Consider enrolling your child in swimming lessons.

Whether or not parents have a backyard pool, it’s a good idea to consider enrolling young children in formal swimming lessons. Swimming lessons will not entirely eliminate the risk of unintentional drowning, nor the need for emergency care in dire situations. However, these lessons can help keep kids safer. Most kids can begin pediatric-friendly swimming lessons at age one, but you could consider speaking with your pediatrician for recommendations specific to your child’s needs.

Enforce strict pool rules for adults and children.

Families with backyard pools should establish rules to promote pool safety and they should strictly enforce those rules. Rules such as “No running near the pool,” and “No consuming alcohol before or during swimming,” can be effective in preventing emergency care visits.

Supervise young children at all times near the pool.

Even when young children have been enrolled in swimming lessons, they need to be under the watchful eye of a responsible adult at all times near the pool. Older children can benefit from using the buddy system.

Take a course in CPR.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can help preserve life when an unintentional drowning occurs. First, retrieve the individual from the pool and call 911. Then, begin administering CPR while awaiting emergency responders.

When tragedies do occur, the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital is ready to step in to save lives. If you or your family member requires emergency care, call 911 immediately. In non-emergent situations, families throughout Las Vegas can get in touch with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.


Summer Burn Injuries to Avoid this Season

For many families throughout the Las Vegas area, the summer season means hosting family cookouts and taking a dip in the pool to cool off from the soaring temperatures. Unfortunately, many popular summer activities do come with a risk of burn injuries, some of which may be serious enough to require emergency care. The ER team at MountainView Hospital encourages our neighbors to enjoy a safe and fun summer season.

Sunburn

Sunburn doesn’t always require emergency care, but it’s a good idea to go to the ER if you experience intense pain, fevers, and chills, nausea, vomiting, confusion, faintness, or severe blisters. Since acquiring sunburn just once can increase the risk of skin cancer, it’s best to practice preventive medicine. Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher 30 minutes before going outdoors. Reapply sunscreen as often as the product label recommends. Reduce your sun exposure by wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Campfires

Camping is a fun family activity that many Las Vegas-area residents look forward to. However, since campsites are typically further away from the nearest emergency care department, it’s particularly important to exercise caution. Use established fireplaces or pits or build a campfire in a completely cleared area. Keep a fire extinguisher within reach and supervise children at all times near the fire. Never leave the fire unattended and be sure to thoroughly extinguish it.

Barbecue Grills

Barbecue grills should always be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s directions. Keep the grill away from objects that may catch fire, such as overhanging tree branches or awnings. Never add starter fluid to a fire that is already ignited. Keep children and pets away from the area. When grilling food, use long-handled tongs, tie up long hair, and avoid wearing loose clothing that might catch fire.

If you or a loved one does suffer a burn injury in Las Vegas this summer, you can count on the emergency care team at MountainView Hospital to be available around the clock. Our emergency care team is dedicated to providing rapid patient evaluations and treatment initiations. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency; otherwise, you can direct non-emergent inquiries to a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300.


A Look at Life After a Hysterectomy

Having a hysterectomy is a life-changing procedure for women. As recommended in this video from MountainView Hospital, you should ask your doctor a range of questions about the procedure, from asking about his or her certifications and experience with hysterectomies to what to expect after surgery. Many hysterectomies are robotic surgery procedures, which means the recovery time is faster. In honor of National Cancer Survivors Day on June 5 and the women who are here because of a life-saving hysterectomy, and all of the women who have decided on a hysterectomy for better health here is a closer look at what to expect after the procedure.

Initial Recovery

The initial recovery period for a hysterectomy varies depending on the type of surgery. Robotic surgery patients have less bleeding and pain after the procedure than patients who undergo traditional surgery. Typically, women stay in the hospital for one to two days and recover at home for two to six weeks before returning to normal activities. During this time, the pain will be managed with medication. Your doctor will let you know when you can resume your usual tasks.

Hormonal Changes

Contrary to popular belief, not every woman who has a hysterectomy goes into menopause. That typically only happens when the ovaries are removed as well as the uterus. Your doctor can manage symptoms like mood swings, weight gain, and hair loss that occur with the sudden drop in estrogen with hormone replacement therapy. Even if you do not have your ovaries removed, their function may be somewhat diminished, which can cause an increase in symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

Depression

The vast majority of women are thrilled with their hysterectomies. This surgery can be life-saving or can put an end to prolonged pain, but it is still natural to experience a period of mourning after this big change. Your doctor can refer you to support groups or with a mental health counselor to help you adjust.

At MountainView Hospital, our robotic surgery in Las Vegas makes hysterectomy recovery as fast and easy as possible. Request a referral to one of our specialists by calling (702) 233-5300.


Men's Health Awareness: Common Problems in Aging Men

Much attention is paid to women’s health issues during aging, but what about the issues that impact men? Men have a unique set of health concerns that impact them as they get older yet are frequently less informed and proactive about protecting themselves than women. June is Men’s Health Month, which represents the perfect opportunity for men and their loved ones to take steps to prevent these health issues that could lead to the need for emergency care. Here is a look at some of the health problems men are prone to as they age.

Urinary Incontinence

Many people are surprised to discover that men experience urinary incontinence when they age at nearly the same rate as women. However, the causes and treatments may be different. In this video, MountainView Hospital urologist Dr. Victor Grigoriev explains the different types and causes of urinary incontinence in men, including prostate surgery and stroke care. Men shouldn’t ignore their symptoms, as treatment is available that can end the stress and embarrassment that frequently accompanies incontinence.

Cardiovascular Disease

Heart disease and strokes are the leading causes of death for both men and women in the US. Men tend to experience the onset of atherosclerosis—the hardening of the arteries that causes heart disease—earlier than women, and they also frequently die of heart disease about six years before women do. Doctors suspect that men naturally have lower levels of so-called good LDL cholesterol than women do, so they have to be more vigilant than women about taking care of their heart health.

Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second leading form of cancer in men, behind skin cancer. Approximately one in six men will develop prostate cancer in their lives, but many can be treated successfully with early diagnosis. Prostate cancer moves slowly, so regular screening tests can identify cancer in its early, most treatable stages.

At MountainView Hospital, we’re committed to helping men achieve their best health ever, with comprehensive services ranging from emergency care to stroke care in Las Vegas. Call (702) 233-5300 to request a referral to one of our physicians or for more information about our hospital.


Are You Suffering from a Migraine or a Tension Headache?

You may be surprised to learn that a common reason people seek emergency care is headaches. Severe headaches can indicate a medical emergency, like a stroke, or they could be migraines that can be reduced or prevented with proper treatment. One of the first steps in getting relief from headaches is understanding that type you are having. How can you tell if you are experiencing a migraine or a more common tension headache? Here is what you need to know to differentiate your symptoms.

Causes

Doctors believe that migraines may be caused by abnormally high levels of naturally occurring substances in the brain leading to inflammation that presses on nerves and causes painful symptoms. Tension headaches are thought to possibly be caused by heightened reactions to stress. Tension headaches are the most common type of a headache, but migraines are the most common type of a headache that requires emergency care or other medical treatment.

Triggers

Although the exact causes of these headaches are not known, there are identified triggers for each. Migraine triggers can vary dramatically from patient to patient and include things like disturbed sleep schedules, hormone changes, weather changes, and food additives. Stress is the trigger for most tension headaches. Part of understanding your headaches often involves tracking your symptoms and trying to identify a trigger.

Symptoms

Migraines usually cause severe pain on one side of the head, though occasionally people do have pain on both sides. They are often accompanied by other symptoms, including sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, and vomiting. Some people experience an aura—sensory symptoms such as fuzzy vision or strange tastes—up to 30 minutes before a migraine starts. Tension headaches cause pain on both sides of the head that can be characterized as a steady ache, without any other symptoms. Migraine pain is debilitating while tension headache pain is typically distracting but doesn’t prevent people from doing their normal activities.

A severe headache, especially one that is unusual for you, always requires emergency care, as it could indicate a more serious problem, like the need for stroke care. Visit MountainView Hospital when you need emergency care in Las Vegas for any urgent symptom. Learn more about our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5300.


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