• What do you donate as an organ donor?

    Organ donation plays an important role in the health care system. Donation saves lives of people who need emergency care and those living with a chronic, critical illness. People of all ages can donate organs, and registering to become an organ donor does not ever impact the medical care you receive. If you have questions about organ donation, talk to your physician, who can explain the process to you. Here is a look at what you can donate if you become an organ donor.


    Organs can be donated via deceased donation and living donation, depending on the specific organs. The following organs can be taken from deceased donors:

    • Heart
    • Liver
    • Both lungs
    • Both kidneys
    • Intestines
    • Pancreas
    • Hands
    • Face

    With living donors, the following organs can be donated:

    • One kidney
    • One lung
    • Part of the pancreas
    • Part of the liver
    • Part of the intestines

    Hand and face donations were added to the organ transplant list in 2014 and are still relatively rare. Only about 125 have been done worldwide, but advances in techniques are making the procedures easier and more effective.


    In some cases, donors provide tissue to recipients. Tissue donation is done after death, and it must be harvested within 24 hours of the death. Once the tissue is retrieved, it can be stored for a long period of time. Tissue that can donated includes:

    • Heart valves
    • Bone
    • Skin
    • Tendons
    • Corneas
    • Middle ear
    • Ligaments

    Blood, bone marrow and stem cells

    Blood, bone marrow and cells can all be donated by living donors. These donations are critical to emergency rooms and critical care units, and it is important for donors from all ethnicities and racial groups to donate, so that patients have access to the appropriate blood type. Living donors can provide these cells:

    • Bone marrow
    • Cord blood stem cells
    • Peripheral blood stem cells
    • Blood
    • Platelets

    Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, like all hospitals, relies on the generosity of donors to provide lifesaving care to our patients. If you are interested in organ donation or have questions about the donation process, talk to a compassionate member of our medical team today. Dial (702) 233-5300 to reach our Las Vegas hospital.

  • Prevent injuries as you get active this spring

    When spring weather beckons you to get outside and get active, the last thing you want is a trip to the emergency room for treatment of an injury that could leave you sidelined until the fall. With just a few simple steps, you can keep injuries at bay while still enjoying the activities you love. Reduce your risk of a springtime sports injury with these tips.

    Warm up before you begin

    As Fred Redfern, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, discusses in this video, warming up before you begin any physical activity is crucial in preventing injuries.

    When you warm up, you stretch your muscles slowly and get your blood pumping so that it is not such a shock to your system when you begin more rigorous activity. If you fail to warm up and jump right into activity, you have a higher risk of pulling or tearing a muscle, tendon or ligament.

    Increase your conditioning slowly

    If you have spent most of the winter on the couch, don’t expect to jump into a physically demanding activity right away. Slowly increase your fitness levels as you start a new activity regime. If your physical conditioning is not advanced enough for the activity you’re attempting, your body may be too fatigued to maintain proper form, which could lead to an injury.

    Use the appropriate safety gear

    Never participate in any physical activity without the necessary safety gear. From helmets to face masks and shin guards, safety equipment protects you from broken bones, concussions, broken teeth and eye injuries, which all require emergency care. Make sure your safety gear fits you correctly, and replace it if it becomes worn or damaged.

    If an injury does occur, the emergency care team in Las Vegas at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center is on standby to provide urgent treatment so you can get back in the game fast. Learn more about our ER or get a referral to a physician by calling (702) 233-5300.

  • How Pets Can Increase Your Risk of Falls

    Pets bring joy and unconditional love to everyday life, but are they safe for high-risk patients? Every year, emergency care physicians treat thousands of patients for fall-related injuries caused by pets. Seniors are at a high risk of falls because of impaired balance, coordination, reaction time, and vision. Additionally, having osteoporosis can turn a simple fall into a long-term disability. Yet, for many people, the emotional health benefits of companion animals outweigh the risks. Here at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, our emergency care physicians encourage seniors in Las Vegas to take preventive steps to improve safety around pets.

    Seeing a Pet Trainer

    Dogs may inadvertently cause falls during their daily walks. Consider taking your dog to a professional trainer to teach him or her to learn to walk beside you, rather than in front of you. Dogs should also be taught not to pull at the leash and not to jump up on people to greet them.

    Walking Your Dog

    Some dogs may resist obedience training. For some people who are at a high risk of fractures, it may be wise to hire a dog walker. If you do walk your dog yourself, be aware of potential hazards that may lead to a fall, such as dizziness and heat-related illnesses. Certain medications can cause dizziness and seniors are at a particularly high risk of heat-related illnesses, which can cause fainting.

    Minimizing Pet-Related Clutter

    Inside the home, pets can indirectly contribute to falls. A cat or dog may scatter toys around the home or nudge the food bowl out of its designated area. These objects are tripping hazards. You can reduce the risk of tripping and falling by keeping the home well-lit and minimizing the number of toys available to your pets.

    Adding Collar Accessories

    In many cases, people have required emergency care after tripping over their pets. Consider attaching a small bell to your pet’s collar. The motion-activated sound will let you know if your furry friend is nearby.

    If you or a loved one sustains serious injuries from a fall, please call 911 right away for emergency care . General questions about the medical services available at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center may be directed to a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300. Our hospital staff in Las Vegas is committed to empowering patients with the resources and information they need to live life well.

  • 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.