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Safety Equipment for Bikers of All Ages

Bicycling is a great way to get your heart rate up and improve your cardiovascular fitness. It’s also an eco-friendly way to get around town. But if you’re planning on biking around the busy Las Vegas area, it’s particularly important to follow some safety guidelines to reduce your risk of a crash. When injuries do occur, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is ready to help.

Helmet

A helmet is an essential piece of equipment that every bicyclist should have. Helmets range from basic to elaborate; consider looking for a helmet that features ventilation to keep you cooler under the hot Las Vegas sun. If you’re a mountain biker, it’s advisable to choose a helmet that offers full-face protection. Whichever helmet you choose should fit you securely and snugly. Try on the helmet before purchasing it to make sure it fits well.

Mouth Guards

Mouth Guards are commonly worn by sports enthusiasts who play football, hockey, and other impact sports. They’re also a good choice for bicyclists. Your mouth guard should engage both the upper and lower jaws for maximum stabilization and protection.

Gloves

Protective gloves can help prevent injuries to your hands in the event that you fall from your bike. If you enjoy long bicycle rides, consider choosing gloves that are padded. These can help keep you comfortable despite gripping the handlebars for long periods of time.

Reflective Materials

Every bicyclist should be mindful of his or her visibility while on the roads. Wearing a brightly colored shirt and putting reflective tape on your helmet can increase your visibility and reduce your risk of a collision with a car.

The emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available 24/7, every day of the week to respond immediately to medical emergencies. Please call 911 if you require emergency transportation to our community hospital in Las Vegas; otherwise, you can call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse or to request a physician referral. In addition to emergency care, our hospital is a leading provider of diagnostic imaging, orthopedic care, and physical rehabilitation.


Tips for Coping with Extreme Las Vegas Heat

It’s no secret that Las Vegas residents can expect soaring temperatures during the summer months. Every summer, emergency care departments treat increasing numbers of patients suffering from heat-related illnesses. Even if you think you’re accustomed to the hot temperatures in the area, it’s best to be mindful of the weather and adjust your activities accordingly. If you do develop signs of a heat-related illness, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center can get you back on your feet.

Know your risk factors for heat-related illnesses.

Certain people are at a higher risk of suffering medical problems during very hot weather. By knowing your risk factors, you can take precautions to protect yourself. Infants, young children, senior citizens, and those who are taking certain medications or have chronic medical conditions are at a higher risk. The risk is also elevated in individuals who are overweight or obese and those who must be physically active outdoors, such as construction workers.

Limit your outdoor activities.

During heatwaves, it’s advisable to avoid nonessential outdoor activities. Stay in air-conditioned rooms, particularly if you’re at a higher risk of heat-related illnesses. If you do go outdoors during extreme heat, try to schedule your outdoor activities for the morning or evening hours.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Staying hydrated requires drinking water frequently throughout the day. Every person’s water requirements are different. As a general rule of thumb, people should drink as much water as is necessary to keep their urine lightly colored. It’s also important to replace your electrolytes with beverages such as sports drinks. However, if your doctor has given you special dietary guidelines to follow, consider checking with him or her before increasing your salt intake.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is well-known throughout the Las Vegas region for adhering to exceptionally high standards of patient care and safety. In addition to our high-quality, responsive emergency care services, our community hospital is a leading provider of stroke care and heart health services. You can direct non-emergent questions to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.


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.


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