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Teaching Your Child to Dial 9-1-1

Every American adult knows that emergency care is just a phone call away, but what happens if the only adult in the area is incapacitated or a child is alone? It’s important that all children are taught the basics of handling emergency situations. The emergency care physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center recommend that children be introduced to the concept of calling 911 as soon as they are developmentally able to understand it. For some children, this may be as early as three years of age, or as late as four or five.

Recognizing Emergencies and Non-Emergencies

Countless calls to 911 are for non-emergencies. You can begin teaching your child about handling emergencies by helping him or her to understand what constitutes an emergency. Lost toys and skinned knees are situations that call for a parent’s intervention, not emergency care. House fires, unconscious and non-responsive adults, drowning, severe bleeding, and choking are situations that require an emergency response. Be sure to tell your child that if he or she isn’t sure if something is an emergency, it’s best to call 911 just in case.

Practicing Emergency Responses

Discussing the act of dialing 911 isn’t always sufficient to empower children to act when necessary. Ask your child questions such as, “What should you do if you see a fire in the kitchen?” and “Is it an emergency if your sister won’t share her toy?” Then, practice dialing 911 using a toy phone or a disconnected landline phone. If your child is still working on number recognition, spell out 911 in large letters and post it by the phone.

Identifying Age-Appropriate Skills

Emergency care physicians can save lives, but sometimes children can, too. Depending on your child’s maturity level, you can teach him or her how to apply pressure to a bleeding wound and perform hands-only CPR. Let your child know that if someone is drowning, your child can throw that person a flotation device and call 911, but he or she should not go into the water. Elementary-age children can even be taught how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Emergency care physicians are available around the clock, every day of the year at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Families in the greater Las Vegas area have been placing their trust in our hospital for nearly 60 years. All medical emergencies should be directed to a 911 dispatcher, but non-emergent, general healthcare questions may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

Do You Need to Go to the ER for a Skin Rash?

Most skin rashes are minor and may be treated at home or with a non-emergent appointment with a family physician, but if discoloration of the skin is accompanied by other symptoms, it may require the attention of an emergency care physician. If you’re ever unsure of whether a child or elderly individual should be seen at the ER for a skin rash, it’s generally best to err on the side of caution. The emergency care physicians at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center are always available to provide prompt care. These are some of the situations in which you should seek emergency care:

The rash appears suddenly.

The sudden onset of a skin rash can be a cause for concern. A skin rash that starts abruptly and spreads rapidly may be triggered by an allergic reaction. An emergency care physician may need to look at it. If small, red, itchy hives develop and a person starts to have trouble breathing, it’s essential to call 911 right away.

The rash covers large areas of the body.

Another possible indicator of an allergic reaction is a skin rash that covers much of the body. Widespread rashes may also be caused by infections, such as measles and chickenpox. Physicians strongly recommend routine measles vaccines for children, but not all parents vaccinate their children. This practice has led to more common outbreaks of measles.

The rash is accompanied by a fever.

A rash accompanied by a fever can be a serious medical problem. An ER physician can evaluate you or your child for measles, shingles, scarlet fever, and severe allergic reactions.

The rash begins to blister or appears infected.

Even if a skin rash appears minor initially, it may later require emergency care. A trip to the ER is warranted if the rash blisters or turns into open sores, especially if the skin around the eyes, genitals, or in the mouth is affected. Skin rashes that itch intensely can be difficult to resist scratching, but this can contribute to infections of the sores. Emergency care is needed for signs of an infection, including swelling, crusting, unusual discharge, increasing pain, and a red streak that emanates from the sore.

For all of your medical emergencies in the Las Vegas area, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available 24/7. From stroke and heart attacks to skin rashes and infections, our emergency care department is fully equipped to handle every medical emergency. You can request a physician referral for non-emergent situations by calling (702) 233-5300.

How Can Women Prevent Cancer?

Cancer prevention is important for everyone, because anyone can be affected by it. For women who are busy juggling the demands of work and family, it’s often difficult to find the time to put their own health first, but leading a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of these deadly diseases. If you’re ready to focus on your wellness, consider speaking with a physician at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center in Las Vegas. You can also watch this featured video to hear one of our OB/GYN specialists discuss the simple changes women can make to prevent cancer.

Compelling evidence points to the importance of a physically active lifestyle for cancer prevention. Specifically, individuals who exercise regularly may be at a lower risk of breast, endometrial, and colon cancer. It’s thought that the benefits of exercise that directly contribute to lower cancer rates include better hormonal balance, weight maintenance, improved immune function, and reduced systemic inflammation.

Avoid Tobacco
Did you know that lung cancer is responsible for more cancer-related deaths among women than any other type? Smoking, secondhand smoke, and tobacco residue are the most common causes of lung cancer. It isn’t enough to avoid smoking yourself. It’s also necessary to ban everyone else from smoking in your home or vehicle.

Limit Alcohol
Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to an increased risk of breast, esophageal, mouth, and colorectal cancers. More research is needed in this area, but it’s thought that one possible reason for the increased risk of breast cancer among heavy drinkers is the effect of alcohol on estrogen levels. Physicians generally recommend that women consume no more than one alcoholic beverage daily, if they drink at all.

Beware of UV Light
Skin cancer is an often-overlooked threat, but more American women are diagnosed with skin cancers than breast cancer. It only takes a few minutes to cover exposed skin with liberal amounts of sunscreen. Remember to bring a bottle of sunscreen with you and reapply it every couple of hours. Instead of tanning, consider using sunless tanning lotions.

The oncologists at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provide an unsurpassed level of patient care, including specialized cancer care for women in The Breast Center. At our hospital in Las Vegas, we firmly believe in the importance of prevention, which is why we offer genetic counseling and extensive patient education. You can request a physician referral by calling (702) 233-5300.

How Atrial Fibrillation Affects Your Stroke Risk

Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart arrhythmia. It causes the heart to beat too quickly and irregularly because of abnormalities of the heart’s electrical system. Some people with atrial fibrillation develop troublesome symptoms such as shortness of breath, fatigue, and faintness, while others experience no symptoms at all. The treatment of atrial fibrillation doesn’t only manage its symptoms; it’s essential for managing the risk of stroke. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, comprehensive heart and stroke care is available for families in Las Vegas.

Understanding Your Diagnosis
The upper chambers of the heart are the atria, and the lower chambers are the ventricles. The electrical signals originate in the atria before moving on to the ventricles. These electrical impulses instruct the heart to contract and pump blood. But if you have atrial fibrillation, the electrical signals are too fast and are transmitted in an irregular fashion, causing the atria to quiver instead of contract. Additionally, not all electrical signals may reach the ventricles. Because of these abnormalities, the chambers may be unable to move all of the blood around, causing some blood to pool. When this happens, blood clots can form. It is these blood clots that increase your risk of stroke. A blood clot can travel out of the heart. Within the bloodstream, it can travel to the brain, where it can block blood flow and cause a stroke. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, having atrial fibrillation increases the risk of stroke by about four to six times.

Learning About Silent Strokes
Stroke is known for its sudden onset of easily recognizable symptoms like one-sided muscle weakness and paralysis. Yet, it’s possible to suffer a stroke without experiencing any symptoms. This is known as a silent stroke and having atrial fibrillation increases your risk of them. Despite their lack of obvious symptoms, silent strokes can inflict significant damage on the brain cells and can lead to dementia. It is possible to have several silent strokes without realizing it. They may only be detected if a neurologist runs a brain scan.

When a stroke occurs, every second counts. Exceptional stroke care is available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center—a Certified Primary Stroke Center in Las Vegas. Call 911 to request emergency care for a stroke or, for non-emergent inquiries only, call a registered nurse at our hospital at (702) 233-5300.

What to Expect When You Visit the ER for Chest Pain

Chest pain is perhaps the best-known symptom of a heart attack, although it has many other possible causes, and heart attacks can cause many other symptoms. However, given the risk of a deadly heart attack, all patients who arrive at the emergency care entrance complaining of chest pain are evaluated rapidly and treated appropriately. In Las Vegas, families can count on Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center for exceptional emergency care and cutting-edge heart attack treatments.

In diagnosing a heart attack, the first step is typically an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG). A specially trained technician will apply multiple electrodes to your skin to record the electrical activity of the heart. This test is painless, noninvasive, and takes just a few minutes. The results are available rapidly to advise the heart care team of whether heart attack intervention is needed.

Blood Tests
Along with an EKG, emergency care physicians can request blood tests to confirm the diagnosis or to rule out the possibility of a heart attack. When the blood supply to the heart is obstructed, the heart cells begin to die. This process releases proteins into the bloodstream. A blood test will show whether you have high levels of these proteins.

Medications can be administered to break up a blood clot that is blocking the coronary artery. Thrombolytic drugs, also known as clot busters, are most effective when administered shortly after the heart attack occurs. By breaking up the blood clot, these medicines can restore blood flow to the heart.

Cardiac Catheterization
Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive method of opening blocked blood vessels with medical instruments. The cardiologist will insert a thin, flexible catheter into a blood vessel. This device is guided to the coronary arteries. There, the cardiologist can release a special dye that allows him or her to evaluate the flow of blood through the blood vessels and heart. If a blockage is located, the cardiologist can use the catheter to inflate a special balloon that compresses the plaque and blood clot against the arterial walls. This restores blood flow.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a Chest Pain Center accredited by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This designation reflects our emergency care and heart care teams’ commitment to initiating protocols-driven responses for all chest pain patients. All true medical emergencies should be reported to a 911 dispatcher. Non-emergent questions about our hospital services in Las Vegas can be answered by a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

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