• Technologies to Aid in Stroke Recovery

    Stroke recovery requires a multidisciplinary approach, but adjusting to the job of managing health after a stroke can be overwhelming at first. There is a lot to remember, from taking multiple medications to monitoring physical activities.

    Watch this video to learn about assistive technologies that can make stroke aftercare much easier to adapt to. For instance, you can invest in devices that track your physical activity during the day and medication reminder systems so you don’t miss another dose. These tools are helpful for patients and physicians as they make important care decisions.

    Stroke recovery begins at our Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. Get answers to all of your questions about our hospital departments (702) 233-5300. 

  • Diabetes-Friendly Dessert Ideas

    Having diabetes doesn’t mean forgoing dessert. By making some smart choices with your ingredients and preparation, you can have the dessert you want without the blood sugar spikes you don’t.

    Watch this video to learn how to prepare a fruit tart that is as healthy as it is delicious. This dessert is packed with fiber, thanks to the use of oatmeal in the crust. Instead of using sugar to sweeten the tart, this recipe calls for honey, which has less of an impact on blood glucose since is broken down more slowly.

    The diabetes management team at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center can offer great tips for how to manage your diabetes without slowing down. Take a free diabetes class at our Las Vegas hospital to learn more. To find out how to register and learn more about our hospital services, call (702) 233-5300. 

  • Tips for Communicating with a Loved One Who Has Suffered a Stroke

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    Communication difficulties are common after a stroke. When communication abilities have been diminished by stroke, the condition is called aphasia. Aphasia can impact both speech and comprehension. At Las Vegas’ Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center , our stroke center can help with rehabilitation services to improve aphasia, but it’s also useful for stroke survivors and their loved ones to learn new communication techniques. If someone you love has suffered a stroke, here are some ways you can make communicating with him or her a little easier.

    Get Your Loved One’s Attention

    Avoid starting conversations when you’re out of your loved one’s view. Sit in front of him or her and make eye contract before you start talking, so you know you have his or her full attention. It can also help to minimize background noise as much as possible. Turn off TVs and radios and try to have conversations away from other people, whose own conversations could be distractions.

    Avoid “Talking Down”

    Your loved one may need you to simplify your speech, but don’t talk down to him or her. There is no need to use “baby talk.” Stick with adult words, but speak a little slower than normal, and try to use one idea per sentence. Ask yes or no questions that are easy for your loved one to answer. Allow him or her time to gather his or her thoughts to respond to you, and avoid the urge to finish sentences.

    Use Non-Verbal Communication

    Non-verbal communication is a very useful tool for stroke survivors. Communicate how you’re feeling by using facial expressions and gestures. When speech isn’t possible, encourage your loved one to communicate with writing and drawings, and you can do the same.

    The Nevada Neurosciences Institute at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is a Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center. Fast stroke treatment begins with in our emergency room, and we continue to support recovery with our rehabilitation services. If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, seek urgent medical care. Learn more about all of our hospital services by calling (702) 233-5300. 

  • Is Your House First-Aid Ready?

    First Aid Kit

    Some injuries require urgent medical care , but in other cases, home care is the right first step. A well-stocked first-aid kit is essential for facing down all of the cuts, scrapes, and other minor injuries that are a part of life for kids and adults alike. How does your kit stack up? Here is what you need to know to make your home first-aid ready.

    First-Aid Kit Basics

    Although you can purchase a first-aid kit, you can also make your own using variety of supplies and storage boxes. Making your own kit has the advantage of personalizing the supplies. Start by purchasing storage boxes. Anything you can keep supplies in is fine, although investing in a water-resistant box is a good idea if you plan to keep it with you during outdoor activities. Add emergency phone numbers and lists of medications for your family to your box, as well as a flashlight with new batteries.

    Medical Supplies

    Your kit should be stocked with ample supplies to treat minor injuries. You’ll need absorbent compress dressings, bandages, and cloth tape, as well antibiotic ointments and antiseptic wipes. Non-latex gloves, aspirin, roller bandages, sterile gauze, and tweezers are also helpful. Consider including a blanket and an instant cold compress. If anyone in your family has a specific medical condition, like diabetes, include related emergency supplies, like glucose tablets. The Red Cross is a good source of information about what should be in your kit. Your physician can also help with suggestions.

    First-Aid Kit Management

    Your first-aid kit needs to be checked periodically for outdated supplies. You should also check that your flashlight batteries are still in good condition. National Safety Month is a great time to double-check your kit’s contents.

    When a first-aid kit isn’t enough, get emergency care at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas. We also provide stroke care, a heart hospital, and much more. For a physician referral or for more information about our services, call (702) 233-5300.

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