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.

Safely Using Medications at Home

After being diagnosed with a medical condition or receiving emergency care at the hospital, you may be prescribed one or more medications to take at home. Medications are essential tools in the treatment of diseases and conditions, but they can also be dangerous if used improperly. Before leaving the hospital or pharmacy, be sure that you understand how to take the medicine, how much to take, and when to take it. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas, the safety and well-being of our patients are our highest priorities.

Safety Precautions
When you are prescribed a new medication, it’s important to advise your medical provider of all of the medicines you’re currently using, including over-the-counter (OTC) drugs and supplements. Some medications interact with each other, causing undesirable side effects. Your doctor should also know about all of the medical conditions you’ve been diagnosed with. He or she may ask you if you consume alcohol, since combining alcohol with certain medications is not advisable. When you fill the prescription at the pharmacy, you should be provided with important patient safety information. Read this information carefully and ask the pharmacist for clarification if need be.

Most medications are taken by mouth, but you may be given other instructions. Some medicines are dissolved under the tongue, while others are inhaled or injected. Some medications should never be split or crushed. If your medicine requires special administration, your doctor can show you how to take it before you leave the hospital. Follow your dosage instructions carefully. If you take multiple medications or multiple dosages throughout the day, consider keeping a written record of your dosages or using a pill organizer device.

If you have a question about a medication you’ve been prescribed, you can call your doctor or pharmacy for assistance. In the event that a drug overdose or other serious drug reaction occurs, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available 24/7 to assist patients in the Las Vegas area. The Consult-A-Nurse line for our hospital is available at (702) 233-5300 for non-emergent health inquiries.

Choose the Right Footwear to Prevent Falls and Injuries

Many factors can contribute to falls and related injuries. Seniors are at a high risk of falls because of impaired balance, coordination, and vision. Certain types of workplaces can place adults of any age at a higher risk of falls. Since falls are a major cause of emergency care visits and disability in the U.S., it’s worth taking some time to find the right footwear to protect your wellness. And if you do suffer a serious injury in a fall that occurs in the Las Vegas area, you can count on the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.

Avoiding Unsafe Footwear
These days, it is common knowledge that certain types of shoes can cause health issues. For example, you can watch this featured video to hear an orthopedic surgeon discuss the link between high heels and foot deformities. But high heels can cause other problems, including an increased risk of fall-related injuries. High heels lack stability, making a fall more likely. It can be particularly tricky to walk in high heels on uneven ground, or to ascend or descend stairs. Other types of unsafe footwear include slippers and socks without shoes. Slippers and socks might seem low-risk, but they do not usually offer slip resistance.

Identifying Essential Features
Instead of high heels or slippers, choose a sturdy, well-designed walking shoe to prevent falls. Safe footwear features either no protruding heel or a very low heel. Your shoes should surround your entire foot; avoid backless sandals and slippers. The heel counter should be firm enough to prevent the heel from slipping around within the shoe, and the sole should be slip-resistant.

Ensuring a Good Fit
Footwear that fits you well can help protect you from falling. The shoe should be wide enough to let you wiggle your toes, but snug enough to prevent your foot from slipping around inside the shoe as you walk. When your heel is touching the heel counter, there should be about a thumb-width of space between your toes and the end of the shoe.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a full-service facility that provides 24/7 emergency care for individuals with fall-related injuries. Residents in the Las Vegas area can also request a physician referral to our exceptional orthopedic care program. Call a registered nurse at our community hospital at (702) 233-5300.

Helping Your Child Recover from Flu

Young children have a higher risk of developing severe symptoms from the flu. They’re also more likely to develop flu-related complications, such as dehydration. These are just two of the reasons why emergency care physicians encourage parents to consider getting their children a flu vaccine each flu season. But if your child does contract the flu this year, you can count on the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center to lend a helping hand.

Know when to call the hospital.
Due to the risk of complications, it’s advisable to call the hospital when a child younger than five develops flu-like symptoms. A child of any age who has severe flu symptoms may need medical care. It’s also a good idea to call the doctor when a child of any age with a chronic medical condition such as diabetes or asthma has flu symptoms of any severity. Emergency care is needed if a child displays certain symptoms, such as unresponsiveness, bluish skin color, trouble breathing, or a fever with a rash.

Consider asking the doctor about medicines.
If the pediatrician recommends home care for your child, you can ask about the over-the-counter (OTC) medicines that are safe to give your child. Never give children aspirin because of the risk of Reye’s syndrome. The pediatrician might instead recommend an OTC fever reducer labeled for pediatric use. If your child does need to be seen in the hospital, the doctor may prescribe antiviral medications.

Keep your child home from school.
The flu is a serious illness and your child will need plenty of rest while he or she recovers. Keeping your child home from school also protects the well-being of his or her classmates and teachers. Keep your child home from school until at least 24 hours after the symptoms subside without the use of medications.

Encourage your child to stay hydrated.
Children are at a high risk of dehydration while they are ill. The doctor may recommend that giving your child electrolyte beverages. Water, sports drinks, and broth-based soups are also smart choices.

At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll find compassionate care delivered by highly trained family medicine specialists and emergency care physicians. Our hospital in Las Vegas is available 24/7 to treat children suffering from severe flu symptoms and complications. To request a physician referral for a non-emergent health issue, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

Getting Healthier in the New Year

The New Year is almost here. Have you made your resolutions yet? Some people resist making resolutions because they haven’t had success with their goals in past years. One effective way to keep your resolutions this year is to focus on becoming the person you want to be, rather than doing things that seem burdensome to you. Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas is proud to be your partner in wellness.

Be a Non-Smoker
Quitting smoking is a worthy New Year’s resolution that will improve your health and quality of life in so many ways. Try not to focus too much on the process of quitting, although you might consider talking about smoking cessation methods with a physician. Devote your energy to imagining yourself as a non-smoker and becoming that person. As a non-smoker, your teeth can stay white, your clothes won’t smell of smoke, you’ll have more money in your pocket, and you won’t feel short of breath when doing basic physical activities. All of these benefits can serve as powerful motivation to become a non-smoker.

Be a Healthy Eater
Have you ever noticed how healthy eaters seem to have plenty of energy to spare? If you’ve been feeling worn out lately, reinvigorate your life by becoming a healthy eater. Healthy eaters look for opportunities to give their bodies the right balance of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other important nutrients. Sugary treats can be an occasional indulgence in limited portions, but you’ll find that the longer you abstain from excess sugar, the less you’ll crave unhealthy foods.

Be Well-Rested
Chronic fatigue and sleep deprivation can make a normally cheerful person irritable, cranky, and even prone to accidents. Instead of trying to cut your sleep short to get more work done, become a person who values sleep. When you’re well-rested, you’ll be more productive.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center offers a full menu of preventive, diagnostic, and interventional medical services for families in the greater Las Vegas area. If you have questions about your health, you can request a physician referral by calling our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. One of our registered nurses will also be happy to introduce you to our general and specialty hospital services.

Holiday Accident Prevention Tips

During the holiday season, emergency care doctors often treat patients with injuries caused by falls, fires, car crashes, and other accidents. It’s particularly easy to sustain injuries in an accident if you are rushing around trying to get multiple things done at once. Protect your own health and your family’s well-being by taking your time and being mindful of potential hazards. From our family to yours, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish you a safe and joyous holiday season.

The holiday season typically brings an influx of fall-related injuries, especially among older adults. One major cause is decorating elevated areas, especially the exterior of the home. It’s advisable for individuals with balance issues and frequent dizziness to avoid climbing up on a ladder to hang holiday lights. Those who do use ladders should follow all necessary safety precautions, including placing the ladder on firm, even ground. For older adults, hip fractures are a particular concern with falls. Watch this featured video to hear an orthopedic surgeon discuss traumatic hip fractures and the surgical methods that may be needed for recovery. Ideally, surgery should be done as soon as possible after the injury to prevent complications from immobility.

Candles are festive and holiday feasts are common, but both can be a cause of house fires. Consider replacing conventional candles with flameless LED candles. If you do use real candles, always position them well away from flammable objects, especially the tree. While preparing meals, never leave the stove unattended. If you have young children, keep them out of the kitchen or place pots on the back of the stove.

Car Accidents
Increased traffic on the roads and holiday parties that feature alcohol can both spike traffic accidents. Choose a designated driver before attending a party and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

During the holiday season and all throughout the year, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available on a 24/7 basis to meet the needs of families in Las Vegas. Please call 911 without delay if you or someone else requires emergency care for a serious problem. Otherwise, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral or general information about our hospital services.

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