• Avoiding Health Scams Targeted Toward Diabetic Individuals

    Diabetes is a chronic condition that cannot be cured with mail-order pills or over-the-counter medications. This video explains how you can better detect diabetes health scams.

    If a medication’s claims are too good to be true, it’s likely that they are. Especially when it comes to managing diabetes, avoid products that promise to eliminate blood glucose problems with pills or other simple measures. The only way to successfully maintain blood glucose is with healthy lifestyle practices and consistent evaluation of sugar levels. No matter if a commercial uses personal testimonies to sell its products or makes impressive claims on its benefits, it’s far better to save your time, money, and health.

    Have you been diagnosed with diabetes ? Call MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5474 to if you’d like learn more about our three different diabetes management classes.

    Diabetes Classes

  • September is “Emergency Preparedness Month”

    SNHD

    The Southern Nevada Health District encourages everyone to develop preparedness plans that can be implemented in an emergency. An emergency preparedness kit is a first step to ensure families and businesses can sustain themselves in the event of an illness outbreak or a natural disaster. For more information about emergency preparedness or how to develop an emergency preparedness kit, visit www.SNHD.info .

    Family emergency supplies can be contained in a large container, a backpack or a suitcase and can be assembled over several months by adding just one or two items to a grocery list. A kit should include food, water, a first aid kit, tools, copies of important documents, clothing and bedding, medications, and pet supplies. A household preparedness kit should include enough supplies to sustain everyone in the household for as many as three weeks.

    The health district’s recommendations for a family emergency preparedness kit include:

    • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
    • Toiletries, including soap
    • First-aid kit
    • Baby formula and diapers
    • Extra eyeglasses
    • Pet food/medications/leases/collars/ID tags
    • Extra batteries for flashlight(s) and radio(s)
    • Garbage bags
    • Cash
    • Non-perishable food, ready-to-eat canned meats, soups, fruits, vegetables, peanut butter, protein bars, utensils, can openers, sterno heating
    • One gallon of water per person per day and fluids with electrolytes that will last for as many as three weeks.

    Don’t forget to prepare for your pets. Many shelters might not be able to accommodate pets. Before an emergency occurs, check hotels, motels or shelters to see which will be able to accept pets. Prepare a kit for your pets as well and remember to include any medical information or supplies, leashes, food, toys. Check with your vet about the pet carrier that is appropriate for your animal and microchip pets so you can find them if you are separated.

    The health district and its partners will participate in a health and information fair this Saturday, where guests can receive information about how to build their emergency preparedness kits:

    Saturday, Sept. 21,  10a-2p
    Lowes Home Improvement
    2570 E. Craig Rd., NLV

  • Honoring World Sepsis Day September 13th

    Sepsis Infographic

    World Sepsis Day is fast approaching, which is why MountainView Hospital would like the greater Las Vegas community to learn more about this avoidable life-threatening condition. Sepsis entails the collapse of the body’s major organs due to the presence of bacteria in the circulatory system. This problem is a concern across the globe, as it can rapidly occur and lead to death if it is not immediately addressed.

    Cause
    Infections can develop from a multitude of circumstances. The body’s immune system can often eliminate minor infections. If more severe, a combination of white blood cells and antibiotics can frequently eliminate bacteria from the body. In some situations, however, the bacterial agents causing problems overwhelm the body’s defense mechanisms . When this happens, those agents escape the infection site and travel into the rest of the body. Should they enter the bloodstream, they gain immediate access to critical organs such as the lungs, liver, and heart. If the spread of the infection is not stopped in time, these organs may go into failure.

    Symptoms
    The signs of sepsis usually entail the same physical and mental changes from person to person. One primary symptom is body temperature. When the body fights an infection, its internal temperature often rises. Under circumstances where sepsis may be present, body temperature may drop as well. As a result, someone with sepsis may experience chills or extreme fatigue. Many times, sepsis sufferers also lose their capacity for lucid thought.

    Prevention
    Professional medical care is imperative if a person has sepsis. Individuals with loved ones who have an infection should closely monitor their condition for any unusual signs. Letting sepsis develop for even a few hours can severely impair a person’s ability to recover from this medical emergency.

    MountainView Hospital urges our Las Vegas community to become informed about the dangers of sepsis. Call us today at (702) 233-5474 or visit our website to learn more about how our emergency center can be of help when confronting this condition. Individuals who suspect that a loved one may be suffering from sepsis can take advantage of our iTriage Symptom Checker prior to arrival at our facility. 

  • Why Choose MountainView When There’s an Emergency?

    ED MountainView Hospital

    MountainView Hospital’s expanded, state-of-the-art Emergency Department is now bigger and better to treat you when you need it most.  We pride ourselves on providing you a dedicated, highly experience emergency room team.  We also have a Rapid Rule Out for Chest Pain program, which is designed to help avoid unnecessary admissions, as well as our Fast Track Care and triage program, which helps patients to be quickly assessed by a dedicated triage nurse.  We’re dedicated to ensuring that you and yours are able to live your lives to the fullest.  For average ER wait times, text “ER” to 23000!

  • The Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery at MountainView Hospital Completes First Robotic Lobectomy in Southern Nevada

    Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery

    MountainView Hospital announced that its talented surgical team completed a wedge resection and lobectomy utilizing the da Vinci Si robotic system. This is the first robotic-assisted thoracic surgery for MountainView’s Las Vegas Institute for Robotic Surgery and a first in southern Nevada.

    “This is another example of how MountainView continues to clinically differentiate itself from other hospitals within the community,” said Chris Mowan, Chief Executive Officer of MountainView Hospital. “By offering robotic-assisted thoracic surgery, we are able to meet the community’s healthcare needs with the latest in surgical technology. The robotic system adds another tool for Dr. Chung’s minimally invasive thoracic program.”

    Dr. Arnold Chung, CVT surgeon with MountainView Hospital Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery Associates, completed a wedge resection and lobectomy with lymph node dissection using the da Vinci Si system. Advanced Practice Nurse Tim Foley, APN-BC, assisted in the surgery. The patient is doing well and was discharged from the hospital.

    “The post-operative recovery period for lobectomies and wedge resections can be long and is usually painful,” said Dr. Chung. “However, with the advanced technology at MountainView, we are able to treat patients using minimally invasive techniques and with the robotic capabilities, we are able to get them on the road to recovery faster.”

    A lobectomy is a type surgery in which one lobe of a lung is removed, often used to treat lung cancer. This type of procedure can be done through an open lobectomy, in which the lung is removed through a long incision on the side of the chest, known as a thoracotomy. A VATs lobectomy is when a lobe of the lung is removed through three or four small incisions in the chest. The surgeon uses instruments and a small video camera during the surgery. Dr. Chung performs traditional and VATs surgeries, along with robotic lobectomies.

    During a robotic lobectomy, the surgeon accesses the surgical area through tiny incisions and uses the da Vinci to enhance their range of motion, provide greater dexterity and an enhanced 3-D visualization of the surgical area. Robotic assisted surgery allows for a shorter hospital stay, quicker recovery, and quicker return to normal daily activities. The system does not operate on its own; it replicates the surgeon’s hand movements in real time.

  • Why Choose The Women’s Center at MountainView When Having a Baby?

    MountainView Obstetric Care

    If you decide to have a baby, the Women’s Center at MountainView Hospital is here to help you every step of the way.  Our childbirth preparation class is designed to help parents celebrate the experience of raising a child, and when it’s time to have your baby, our team of obstetric nurses and physicians, the most experienced in northwest Las Vegas, will be here to assist you in the birthing process in a safe environment of all private birthing suites.  For those newborns that may need specialized care after birth, we also have a world-class Level 2 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and direct access to Sunrise Children’s Hospital.  Expecting a baby is an exciting, life-changing time, and we want you to enjoy it, so call us today at (702) 233-5474 for more information.

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