Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center
Sunrise Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital are committed to providing a healthier environment for members of our community, employees, physicians, patients, families, and visitors.

Taking stock of your food safety habits

The food supply in the U.S. is far safer than in most countries, but millions of Americans still develop foodborne illnesses each year. Thousands require emergency care and hospitalization for severe cases of food poisoning, and some cases prove fatal. Foodborne illnesses can certainly be serious, but the good news is that they are often preventable. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand how uncomfortable food poisoning can be. Our emergency care team is committed to giving you the superior care you need to feel well again.

Start with clean hands
Handwashing is a simple, yet effective way to curb cases of foodborne illnesses. Slapping on some soap and rinsing off quickly, however, won’t remove germs well. Instead, use these hand-washing tips:

  • Use running water and plenty of soap
  • Scrub your hands well for at least 20 seconds
  • Scrub under the fingernails, between the fingers and up to the wrists
  • Dry your hands with a clean towel

Wash your hands before preparing meals and eating, and immediately after handling any raw meat, poultry or seafood.

Keep raw and cooked foods separate
Raw food like chicken and beef can easily contaminate cooked dishes and raw produce. Keep foods separate to prevent cross-contamination, and use separate kitchen utensils for these items.

For example, do not use the same cutting board for vegetables that you use for meat. Place cooked food on a clean platter, instead of using the same platter that held raw food.

Use a meat thermometer
Cooking foods to the proper internal temperature is essential for killing off micro-organisms inside the food. Print out a chart of safe internal food temperatures, and keep it posted on your fridge for easy reference. A meat thermometer is the only effective way to determine whether food is fully cooked and safe to eat.

The Emergency Room at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is open 24/7, 365 days per year to save the lives of our neighbors throughout the Las Vegas community. True medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but you can speak with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 if you have general questions. Our free nurse line can also connect you with a physician referral.

Early signs of prostate cancer to know

Prostate cancer is among the most common types of cancer diagnosed in men, second only to skin cancer. A diagnosis of any type of cancer is emotionally devastating, but it may comfort you to know that the prognosis for men with prostate cancer is generally favorable. In most cases, the cancer grows very slowly. Early detection of prostate cancer is still crucial, however, as some types do grow more aggressively. For all of your questions and concerns about prostate cancer, you can rely on the Cancer Care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Prostate cancer symptoms
Every man should be alert to unusual changes in health, as they can sometimes indicate an underlying problem that needs treatment. Prostate cancer often doesn’t result in noticeable symptoms in its early stages. Consider talking to your primary care physician about whether you should have health screenings, which check for potential problems in the absence of symptoms.

Urinary changes
The primary indicators of prostate cancer are urinary changes. Men may notice any of the following:

  • Pain or burning sensations during urination
  • Frequent urges to urinate, especially at night
  • Decreased urinary flow or velocity
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Problems starting and maintaining the urinary flow
  • Blood in the urine
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Feeling unable to completely empty the bladder

Sexual health issues
Some men with prostate cancer may experience sexual health problems. These can include bloody semen and pain while ejaculating. Erectile dysfunction can also occur, which refers to problems getting or maintaining an erection.

It’s important to note that erectile dysfunction, and other possible symptoms of prostate cancer, can also have many other potential causes. Your doctor can perform a full evaluation and recommend medical tests as needed to determine what the source of these problems are.

Cancer Care at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is comprised of a multidisciplinary team of genuinely compassionate specialists who care about our patients’ quality of life. If you’re receiving treatment from Cancer Care in Las Vegas, you’ll have access to the latest, state-of-the-art therapies, our Patient Navigator, and exceptional patient amenities in our dedicated oncology unit. Request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

What is asthma treatment like at the ER?

The goal of asthma treatment is to avoid asthma attacks. The airways are chronically inflamed in people with asthma. An asthma attack occurs when the airway becomes narrower than usual, causing severe breathing problems. With the superior care you’ll receive at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll know how to avoid your asthma triggers and use your medications properly. But if you ever do require emergency care for an asthma attack, we’re always here to help.

Know when to go to the ER
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear from one of the highly skilled emergency medicine physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He recommends seeking emergency care if you suffer an asthma attack and don’t have a rescue inhaler. You should also go to the ER if you must use your rescue inhaler more than three times in one hour, without relief of your symptoms.

Receive fast-acting medications
The emergency care team will need to know about all of the medications you’ve already taken. It’s likely that you’ll be asked to use a nebulizer. This machine turns fast-acting asthma medicines into a mist that you can easily inhale.

Sometimes, the doctor will recommend corticosteroids. If you’re able to swallow, you can take this medicine by mouth. Otherwise, you’ll receive it intravenously.

Stay on oxygen therapy
Severe asthma attacks may require oxygen therapy. Oxygen therapy will keep air flowing into your lungs while the medications work to get the episode under control.

Be admitted to the hospital
If your symptoms subside, you’ll likely be monitored for a few hours before being discharged. Persistent symptoms may require hospital admittance. Very severe asthma attacks might lead to a stay in the intensive care unit.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we understand that it can be frightening to be rushed to our ER with a serious medical problem. Our entire team—from our emergency care physicians to our Guest Services Department—continually strives to deliver healthcare excellence within a comforting setting. Call 911 for emergency help, or chat with a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent questions.

Is it too hot to exercise outside?

If you love outdoor workouts, then you know exercising can be more challenging during the summer months. Unfortunately, high temperatures put you at risk for dangerous heat-related illnesses that require emergency care. The good news is that you don’t have to say goodbye to your favorite outdoor exercise sessions until the winter. By taking some proactive steps to protect yourself, you can still be active outside during the summer months. Keep this advice in mind.

Check with your physician
If you have chronic health conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, ask your physician before you begin exercising outdoors on hot days. Some medications can intensify the way your body responds to heat, including:

  • Ace inhibitors
  • Ace receptor blockers
  • Calcium channel blockers
  • Diuretics
  • Beta blockers

Drink up
Hydration is critical when you’re being active outside. Drink some water before your workout, take breaks while exercising to drink, and replenish your fluids after your workout with water or a sports drink. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty—if you’re thirsty, then you’re already dehydrated.

You can also increase your intake of foods with high water contents during the summer, including:

  • Cucumbers
  • Watermelon
  • Celery

Hydration is an important ingredient in avoiding heat-related illnesses, so listen to your body. If you feel thirst or have other symptoms of dehydration, such as dizziness, muscle cramps, and fatigue, stop your workout and try again another day.

Pick the perfect time
During summer, the hottest time of the deal is usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Schedule your workouts for early in the morning and late in the afternoon or evening, when the temperature and humidity is usually lower.

Don’t forget to give yourself time to adjust to the temperatures. It can take up to two weeks for your body to get used to the heat, so go slowly and lower the intensity of your workout out until your body can handle it.

If you’re working out outside and experience symptoms of a heat-related illness, seek emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center right away. We offer the urgent care you need in Las Vegas when a medical crisis occurs any time, day or night. You can learn more about all of our hospital services or request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

Why adults need immunizations too

Vaccines are strongly associated with childhood and adolescence, but serious diseases can affect people of any age. In fact, some of the shots given during childhood can lose their effectiveness over time, making adults susceptible to serious illnesses like whooping cough. It can be confusing for adults to keep track of their immunization records and vaccine recommendations, but the healthcare providers at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are here to help with personalized medical guidance.

Some vaccines lose effectiveness over time
Certain shots, such as the polio vaccine, confer lifelong immunity from the disease. But others lose their effectiveness over time. This is why kids and adults should get booster shots at recommended intervals.

One example is pertussis, or whooping cough. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that women get a booster shot of TDaP at each pregnancy.

Some vaccines are solely intended for older adults
The shingles vaccine is only recommended for adults ages 60 and older. Shingles is caused by the herpes zoster virus, which is the same one that causes chickenpox. Regardless of whether a person did or didn’t get chickenpox as a child, the shingles vaccine is still recommended.

This shot protects adults from the painful rash of shingles, and from its potential complications. Shingles can cause post-herpetic neuralgia, which can result in debilitating pain that lingers for weeks or months. Occasionally, shingles can cause vision loss, hearing loss and brain inflammation.

Some older adults might have missed getting vaccines in childhood
Over the years, researchers have introduced newly developed vaccines to the public. This means that people who were born before the vaccines were available, or before the vaccines were routinely recommended, might not have been protected with them.

It’s still possible to contract these serious diseases later in life. Older adults may need to contact their past and current healthcare providers to find their complete immunization records.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, your health is our highest priority. Our physicians and nurses are strong advocates for preventive medicine, including vaccines, because healthy families strengthen our Las Vegas community. You can call a trusted member of our nursing staff at (702) 233-5300.

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