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Preventing Runners' Injuries When You Hit the Pavement This Summer

Shin splints, pulled muscles, Achilles tendinitis, and stress fractures are all common examples of running injuries. Since a running injury can interfere with your training program, prevention is preferable. However, if you do sustain an injury in the Las Vegas area, you can turn to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for exceptional care.

Choose Supportive Footwear

Injury prevention begins with selecting the right footwear. Invest in high-quality running shoes that fit well and offer sufficient support. When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear an orthopedic surgeon discuss some of the features that you should find in an ideal running shoe. These include a sturdy back around the heel to prevent twisting. Arch supports can also be helpful, particularly if you have high arches. Some runners might benefit from custom-made orthotic inserts.

Prevent Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuries are common among avid runners. They often occur when a runner drastically increases the duration or intensity of his or her training. To reduce your risk of overuse injuries, the American Academy of Family Physicians warns against increasing your mileage by more than 10 percent in a week and running more than 45 miles total per week. It’s best to alternate intense training days with lighter training days and to choose soft, flat, and even terrain.

Promote Flexibility and Strength

Stretching, warming up, and cooling down are musts for athletes. You might wish to consult a physical therapist or a personal fitness trainer for help developing your ideal stretching and strength training routine. Some good stretches for runners include the groin stretch, iliotibial band stretch, hamstring stretch, and plantar fascia stretch. Some helpful strengthening exercises include side leg lifts, inner thigh lifts, and lateral step-ups.

When you need emergency care in the Las Vegas area, you can count on Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Our emergency care physicians are available 24/7 and we offer rehabilitation services to help you get back on your feet quickly. To request a physician referral at our community hospital, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. Visit us online for more on our other services, including stroke care and heart health services.


Should You Use a Medical ID?

Medical identification items were designed with the intention of facilitating life-saving interventions for patients who are unable to communicate with emergency care staff or first responders. If you’re unsure of whether you should be wearing a medical ID item, consider asking a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Your doctor can also let you know which critical information you should have engraved on the medical ID.

Patients Who Should Have a Medical ID

Patients with virtually any chronic or serious medical condition can benefit from wearing a medical ID. These include patients with cancer, seizure disorders, food allergies, asthma, lung disease, and multiple sclerosis (MS). Patients with diabetes, anemia, blood disorders, and heart disease are advised to consider getting a medical ID. It’s also recommended for children with special needs, including autism, and seniors with health problems such as Alzheimer’s disease. Patients who are participating in clinical trials and those taking certain medications such as blood thinners should always wear a medical ID. Some people even choose to order a medical ID despite their lack of chronic or serious health problems. In these cases, a medical ID that states the person’s blood type and the words “No known medical conditions” might facilitate emergency care.

Benefits of Wearing a Medical ID

Emergency responders quickly check for medical IDs on unconscious or otherwise unresponsive patients. These items can help prevent an incorrect assessment of the patient. For instance, a patient who has been in a car accident and is unconscious might be presumed to have a head injury, when in fact, he or she could be suffering a complication of diabetes. In short, medical IDs can save lives.

Options for Medical Identification

Many people assume that keeping critical medical information in a wallet or purse is sufficient. But in an emergency, first responders won’t have time to go through personal items. They typically check the patient’s neck and wrist to see if a medical ID necklace or bracelet is present. There are many style options available, including feminine and masculine styles.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll find comprehensive medical services to help you take control of your disease or disorder. Our community hospital in Las Vegas provides emergency care, stroke care, heart care, oncology services, and diabetes care. For general information about our hospital services or to request a physician referral, call (702) 233-5300.


Practicing Burn Safety When You Grill This Summer

Grilling is a pleasant way to introduce creativity to your culinary creations. If you plan on setting up your grill this summer, take a few minutes to remind yourself of some basic grilling safety guidelines. Doing so could save you or a loved one from serious burn injuries that require emergency care. Even when precautions are taken, however, accidents can occur from time to time. The emergency care department at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center of Las Vegas is available 24/7 for your family’s needs.

Setting Up the Grill as Directed

Review the manufacturer’s instructions and set up the grill as directed. Always place gas, charcoal, and electric grills on a flat surface away from overhanging branches and leaves. Grills should never be set up in an enclosed area such as a tent, garage, or shed because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s also best to set up the grill away from high-traffic areas.

Keeping Kids Safe

If you have young children, remind them to never go near the grill while it’s hot. There should be an adult near the grill at all times to prevent young children from sustaining burn injuries from the hot grill.

Grilling Food Safely

Adults are susceptible to burn injuries, too. Before grilling put on a short-sleeved shirt that isn’t too loose. Loose clothing can readily catch on fire. Use a long-handled fork or pair of tongues to move food around on the grill; this can help prevent burn injuries from splatters. You should also have a fire extinguisher nearby while the grill is hot. Never add starter fluid or any other flammable fluid to the charcoal once the fire has already been started.

When serious burns occur in the Las Vegas area, the emergency care and wound care teams at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can provide rapid interventions. If you or a loved one requires emergency care, please call 911 now. Non-emergent inquiries and physician referral requests may be directed to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300.


What Can You Expect When You Donate Blood?

During surgery, after a traumatic accident, and during certain treatments for diseases, patients, and their physicians rely on the kindness of strangers for their donated blood. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of individuals donate blood each year. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center of Las Vegas, our emergency care team encourages members of our community to give the gift of life. Our heart hospital relies on blood donors to save lives every day.

Medical History

When you arrive at the blood donation site, you’ll be asked to fill out a detailed medical questionnaire to determine your eligibility to give blood. You’ll be asked questions about your medical conditions and medications. It can be helpful to bring a list of your medications and conditions to your appointment. You’ll also be asked about your travel history and you’ll be asked to present identification.

Physical Exam

Your blood donation includes a brief physical exam. This includes a check of your temperature, blood pressure, pulse, and hemoglobin level. This quick physical exam helps ensure your own safety during your donation.

Blood Collection

After cleansing the skin of your arm, the provider will insert a new, sterile needle. Please inform the provider of whether you are nervous about needles; he or she can help you overcome this problem. It takes about eight to 10 minutes for a typical blood collection, during which time you’ll rest comfortably. Afterward, the provider will apply a bandage to your arm.

Observation

For your own safety, you’ll be asked to relax at the blood donation site for about 15 minutes after the collection. Enjoy some light refreshments and notify the staff if you notice any side effects, such as dizziness, lightheadedness, or nauseated.

If you’re anticipating an upcoming surgery at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, consider asking your physician if you could donate your blood to be used during the procedure. Our community hospital is pleased to offer exceptional medical care to Las Vegas residents, including stroke care, emergency care, and heart health services. Call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse.


Ankle Sprains and Other Common Summer Shoe Injuries

Hot Las Vegas summers require a wardrobe to keep you cool, but it is important to remember that your summer footwear can lead to injuries. While flip-flops and strappy flats may be stylish selections for the season, they might not be the best choices for everyday footwear, because they lack adequate support to help you maintain good posture and balance. This article will take a closer look at some of the most common summer foot injuries that you should be wary of as you shop for summer footwear.

Sprains

Because sandals do not provide arch support or any support at the ankle, it can be easy to turn your ankle when you walk on stairs or uneven terrain. Twisting your ankle can lead to a sprain with enough stress on the ligaments and other soft tissues. In the video above, you can hear about how sprained ankles can be significant injuries that might require up to a year to heal in the most severe cases.

Heel Pain

If you begin to feel pain in the heels of your feet after weeks of wearing flip-flops or other sandals, you might be experiencing a strain on the muscles and ligaments in the arch of the foot. When the arch is not properly supported, the foot becomes flattened as you walk, and this can cause lasting damage. To avoid this type of stress on your foot, try finding sandals with better arch support or using orthotic inserts to improve your posture in sandals.

Broken Bones

Wearing open-toed shoes might keep your feet cooler in the warm weather, but it can also put your toes at risk. Stubbing your toe or dropping a heavy object on your foot might be the cause of broken toes or other fractures in the foot, which can keep you off your feet for several weeks.

For emergency care following summer injuries and dedicated orthopedic care in Las Vegas, you can count on Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. You can stay connected with our hospital by calling (702) 233-5300 to speak with one of our registered nurses any time, 24/7.


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