• What Is EMS and How Does It Fit into the ER?

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is an integrated network of emergency responders and organizations that connect acute care patients to the out-of-hospital medical care they need. EMS plays a vital role in the emergency care field. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our emergency care team closely coordinates with EMS personnel in the Las Vegas area.

    EMS Systems
    If you’ve ever seen an ambulance rushing a patient to the hospital, you’ve seen EMS systems in action, but there is much more that goes on behind the scenes that patients may not be aware of. EMS is an intricate network that consists of multiple organizations and teams coordinating closely with each other to save the lives of individuals in their communities. Public and private organizations provide necessary resources. Highly trained emergency responders use transportation and communication networks to get patients the care they need . Hospitals, emergency rooms, trauma centers, and other facilities collaborate with EMS teams and take over the care of patients once they arrive at these facilities.

    EMS Services
    EMS responders can provide a number of life-saving services for patients who are critically ill or injured. When a patient or bystander calls 911, the emergency dispatcher activates the EMS system. Paramedics and other professionals are sent to the patient’s location, where they rapidly check the patient’s vital signs and assess the injuries or illness. The priority of the EMS team is to provide prehospital services that are necessary to keep the patient stable while he or she is being transported to the emergency care facility. Additionally, the EMS team contacts the emergency care team to provide crucial information about the incoming patient. This allows ER physicians, trauma surgeons, or other professionals to be ready and waiting to treat the patient immediately upon arrival.

    If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 without delay instead of trying to drive yourself to the hospital. If you have general questions about our hospital services, you can call Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center at (702) 233-5300. Our emergency care team and our Level II Trauma Center are available around the clock to assist families in the greater Las Vegas area.

  • 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.