• Common Workplace Injuries That Could Land You in the ER

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    Almost all work environments can present hazards that may lead to injury or illness, and these ailments may require a trip to the emergency room if proper precautions are not taken to avoid them. When emergency medical situations do arise at work, you can rely on the ER at MountainView Hospital  to provide rapid, accurate care that will help you get back on your feet. However, we do encourage you to follow safe practices in the workplace so that you don’t have to deal with these serious work-related injuries.

    If you work in food service, construction, or retail, you may frequently work with sharp tools that could easily cause serious cuts if proper safety measures are not taken. To prevent deep lacerations on the job, be sure to wear all recommended safety equipment and dedicate your full attention to any task requiring the use of sharp objects.

    While minor burns will be easily treatable with a first-aid kit, large second degree burns and all third degree burns require immediate medical treatment. You can identify a serious burn by severe blistering, exposure of soft tissue or even bone, and charred skin. Use of proper clothing and recommended safety measures will help you prevent burns in potentially dangerous work environments where heat or harmful chemicals are present.

    Spinal Injuries
    Office environments may not seem like a common place of injury, but a typical desk job can severely damage your spine . The pressure of sitting down all day can make your spine more susceptible to injuries from daily activities or cause direct damage resulting in severe pain and immobility.

    If you have sustained an injury of this nature on the job, you can get up-to-date wait times and check in at the ER at Mountain View Hospital Las Vegas with our iTriage app for your smart device . You can also contact us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

  • Reasons to Have Your Baby at MountainView Hospital

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    As you prepare to welcome your new baby into the world, one of the most important decisions in planning your baby’s birth is choosing a hospital where you can deliver. If you are a resident of the northwest Las Vegas area, MountainView Hospital is an excellent choice for a number of reasons, including those discussed in further detail below.

    Easy access to childbirth classes
    Childbirth classes can help you prepare for the physical challenges of labor and delivery, get your home ready for your newborn, and learn the basics of infant care—including breastfeeding. At Mountain View Hospital, we offer childbirth classes throughout each month along with tours of our Women’s Center to help you feel prepared for parenthood.

    Private birthing suites
    Your labor and delivery will be a private, intimate experience in our spacious patient suites, which are equipped with the latest security technology, wireless Internet access, and gourmet room service. While you enjoy private accommodations during labor, delivery, and postpartum care, you will be attended to by a highly experienced staff of specialists and nurses.

    Family-friendly care
    We understand that childbirth is a family experience, so our facilities are welcoming to your significant other and your family members. Overnight accommodations are readily available for your partner, and every aspect of the birthing process is designed to be family-centered.

    Level-II Intensive Care Nursery
    Should your baby require intensive care after delivery, you can feel comfort knowing that our facilities are equipped with an eight-bed Level-II Intensive Care Nursery staffed by extensively trained nurses and physicians.

    If you want to schedule a tour of our Women’s Center for an even closer look at the technology and services we provide at MountainView Hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474. You can also visit us on the Web to see a complete schedule of our upcoming childbirth and newborn care classes.

  • Avoiding Upper Body Injuries in the Workplace

    Jobs that involve frequent power tool use can lead to serious injuries of the hand or wrist that may require long-term care for pain management and recovery. Repetitive stress injuries could also lead to injuries such as carpal tunnel, but this is more likely related to a genetic predisposition to this condition.

    This video explains upper body injuries in more detail along with the treatment options for these injuries. If you do need orthopedic care for your hand or wrist, you should see an orthopedic surgeon for a complete look at your options for treatment. While surgery may be an option, the surgeon will likely explore conservative treatment options first, because these can typically offer sufficient relief.

    If you are in search of an orthopedic surgeon specializing in the type of injury you have sustained, contact MountainView Hospital at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line by calling (702) 233-5474. You can also explore all of the orthopedic and emergency services offered at our hospital by visiting our website .

  • Promoting Relaxation to Improve Your Heart and Brain Health


    With heart disease and stroke taking so many lives in America each day, the value of healthy lifestyle changes is incredibly high. Better stress management through relaxation is one way in which nearly all people could stand to improve their heart and brain health. Stress raises your blood pressure, increases your heart rate, and releases hormones that could trigger a number of physiological reactions that can make you feel ill. Over time, these reactions can dramatically increase your risk of heart attack and stroke . To take control of stress in your life, try these strategies recommended by the staff at MountainView Hospital.

    Explore Meditation or Yoga
    Yoga and meditation are both activities that can create a sense of calm, help you release negative thoughts, and allow you to feel more control over your body. If you are unfamiliar with the principles behind these practices, MountainView Hospital can help you learn more through our free meditation, yoga, and tai chi courses for h2u members.

    Take Time to Breathe
    In moments where you feel overwhelmed with stress or anger, it is best to take a step back and breathe to calm down. Simply breathing deeply for 10-15 seconds can help you let go of unneeded stress and center yourself before you take on more of the day’s challenges. Making a habit of using therapeutic breathing to keep stress in check can have significant long-term effects for your heart health.

    Ask for Support from Those Around You
    Coworkers, family members, and friends can all pile on stress on hard days, but if you communicate with those around you, they may be more willing to give you a moment of peace. When you are having a bad day, kindly ask those around you to for time to yourself or to help you find a distraction from the source of your stress.

    For more healthy living tips to keep you feeling great for life, contact MountainView Hospital to join our h2u program. You can connect with us at our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474.

  • How Body Language Can Indicate a Stroke

    Humans use body language to communicate all types of feelings and emotions, but body language can also be a critical indicator of serious health conditions—specifically stroke . When a person is having a stroke, there are three characteristic signs that may be seen in the face and body.

    This video from the American Stroke Association reviews the body language associated with stroke so that you can be prepared to seek emergency care at the first signs. Droopiness on one side of the face, weakness in the arms, and slurred speech are all signs of stroke that should prompt a quick call to 911.

    At MountainView Hospital, a Certified Stroke Center, we have dedicated emergency facilities that can make the difference in survival after stroke, so you can rely on us for care of yourself and your loved ones. You can find out more about our emergency care by calling (702) 233-5474 or visiting our website. If you think you are having a stroke – call 911.

  • Why You Should Follow an Immunization Schedule for Your Newborn

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    Once your child is born , you should work to build a relationship with your family’s pediatrician to ensure that your baby gets a healthy start in life. As you discuss healthy routines for your child with the doctor, you will probably get a vaccination schedule that includes several important immunizations to be administered from birth to age 18. While all of these vaccinations are important, the most critical are those scheduled within the first year of your baby’s life, when his or her immune system is most vulnerable. Below is a closer look at the reasons these vaccines are a necessary part of your child’s visits to the pediatrician.

    Personal safety for your child
    Vaccines protect children from serious and potentially fatal diseases, including hepatitis, polio, and measles. Following the recommended schedule of immunization for these conditions is important, because shots are scheduled when they will be most effective and safe for your child.

    Contribution to public health
    You may think that because the diseases that immunizations work to prevent are so rare, there is no real threat to your child. However, it is because of vaccines that these viruses are now under control. Therefore, it is the responsibility of every parent to ensure that their children are properly vaccinated so that they do not contribute to a future outbreak of certain conditions. This type of outbreak has been seen recently with a rise in cases of whooping cough, which is in part the result of failure to vaccinate against this virus in several communities around the country. 

    Acceptance to schools and daycare
    Most public and private schools and daycare facilities will not allow your child to enroll unless he or she is up to date on immunizations, because these busy environments are so conducive to the spread of viruses.

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5474 to get the answers to your questions about newborn health, to schedule immunizations for your baby, or to find a pediatrician.