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    Warm Weather Activities to Keep Your Joints Moving

    Last updated 10 hours ago

    The unfriendly winds of winter might prevent you from venturing outside, but the welcoming breezes of summer can provide a perfect escape for outdoor activities. If you suffer from joint pain, activity of any kind might appear difficult, but moderate exercise can actually enhance joint function and ease pain. For more information on how to maintain your joint health, contact Good Samaritan Hospital.

    Walking

    Walking is a great option for cardiovascular exercise, but also a type of physical activity that is easy on joints. Simply slip on a pair of supportive shoes and start exploring the great outdoors. If you like to start your day with a workout, take a walk around your neighborhood before you leave for the office. Should you need a break between client meetings, schedule your walk during your lunch hour. You can also make your walks an opportunity to catch up with friends and family by asking them to exercise with you.

    Hiking

    Looking for a way to make your walks a little more adventurous? Then try hiking your favorite parks and preserves. Numerous trails with scenic backdrops lie within the San Jose area and surrounding regions. If you find it challenging to manage the steep inclines and declines that some hills can present, a sturdy hiking stick can help you traverse the terrain. When you leave for a hike, be sure to stay safe with plenty of water and SPF sunscreen.

    Swimming

    When you experience joint pain flare-ups, you need not stop your workout routine. Water activities can provide you with the comfortable space you need to exercise without exerting pressure on your joints. The warmth of water can relax stiff hips and knees. When immersed in it, water can also shield your joints from painful forces that rigorous land activities might produce. Water yoga offers as well a wonderful opportunity to increase joint flexibility in a soothing environment.

    Are you experiencing joint pain? If you suspect that you might have osteoarthritis, Good Samaritan Hospital can help. Call (888) 724-2362 to discuss your symptoms with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives. 

    Can You Prevent Arthritis?

    Last updated 2 days 13 hours ago

    Arthritis occurs when the joints become inflamed and cause pain. Many people assume that arthritis is an inevitable part of getting older. While it’s true that there are millions of older Americans with arthritis, the development of arthritis is not a foregone conclusion. If you take care of your body and listen to the advice of your HCA Far West Division doctor, you could prevent or at least delay the onset of arthritis.

    The Importance of Exercise

    A regular exercise routine is important for your overall wellbeing—your joints included. Your joints are built to move. Research shows that getting regular exercise can reduce the inflammatory chemicals in your system, thus reducing your chances of developing arthritis. Staying at a healthy weight can also reduce the amount of pressure on your joints. Even if you end up developing arthritis, exercise can help reduce pain and stiffness.

    Taking Care of Your Joints

    Exercise alone may not be enough to prevent the development of arthritis. It’s also important to actively care for your joints by preventing overuse injuries and stretching every time you exercise. If you work at a desk all day, make sure your workstation is sufficiently ergonomic. Being mindful of the general condition of your joints and avoiding situations that place undue stress on them can help you stay arthritis-free.

    Learning About Arthritis

    It’s also a good idea to learn as much about arthritis as you can—especially if you have a family member with arthritis. Not all forms of arthritis run in families, but some do. Ask your doctor all the questions you have about arthritis and how you can avoid it. If you follow your doctor’s directions and take good care of your joints, your golden years may be pain-free.

    The HCA Far West Division hospitals are fully equipped to help people prevent or manage arthritis symptoms. Whether you’re looking for a bone scan or emergency care, our California and Nevada facilities can provide you with outstanding service. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (855) 422-9378 to get in touch with a medical professional. 

    How to Help Your Child Prevent Injuries This Summer

    Last updated 2 days 13 hours ago

    Many children look to summer as a time to catch up on their video games and television shows, so getting your child to engage in sports and other active pastimes can be a great accomplishment. However, when your child decides to take a bike ride around the block or go swimming his friends, the risk of injury can be high if they fail to adhere to some easy safety suggestions. To avoid a trip to emergency care this summer, Good Samaritan Hospital recommends the following tips.

    Require Road Caution

    If your child intends to be on the road, they must know how to safely navigate it. That means knowing and using appropriate hand signals that can notify other drivers of his intention to turn or stop. They should also wear a safety helmet no matter how slow they ride or close they stay to home. Affixing bike reflectors can provide as well an added measure of visibility and safety when riding during low light hours.

    Discuss Water Rules

    Trips to the pool might be common occurrences for your family during the summer. Yet this activity accounts for countless slip and fall and drowning accidents each year. Prior to opening your home pool or going to a public one, discuss water safety with your child. Make sure they understand to walk slowly on the deck and refrains from diving into the pool. You might also want to sign them up for swimming lessons if they aren’t at ease in the water 

    Demonstrate Safety Behavior

    One of the best ways to ensure that your child follows your safety rules is to practice them, too. When you wear a helmet during bike rides and move carefully around the pool, your child can observe your example and learn from it. As a result, your child and entire family can enjoy a fun summer free of accidents and injuries.

    Summertime activities often increase the number of injuries that Good Samaritan Hospital sees. For more information on our San Jose location and services we provide the local community, call (888) 724-2362. You can also browse our website for further details on our complete healthcare options. 

    May is Stroke Awareness Month- GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL is recognized with quality achievement award for stroke care

    Last updated 2 months ago

    MAY 1, 2014 – (GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL) has received the Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold-Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for the treatment of stroke patients. A ceremony will be held, May 6th at Noon, at Good Samaritan Hospital in honor of Stroke Awareness Month. The Good Samaritan Stroke Team, including physicians, will be available for interviews.
          Get With The Guidelines Stroke helps hospital teams provide the most up-to-date, research-based guidelines with the goal of speeding recovery and reducing death and disability for stroke patients. Good Samaritan Hospital earned the award by meeting specific quality achievement measures for the diagnosis and treatment of stroke patients at a set level for a designated period.  These measures include aggressive use of medications and risk-reduction therapies aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.

          Good Samaritan Hospital also received the association’s Target: Stroke Honor Roll for meeting stroke quality measures that reduce the time between hospital arrival and treatment with the clot-buster  tPA, the only drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat ischemic stroke. People who suffer a stroke who receive the drug within three hours of the onset of symptoms may recover quicker and are less likely to suffer severe disability.

          Good Samaritan Hospital is dedicated to improving the quality of stroke care and The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke helps us achieve that goal,” said Allison Everman, Director Marketing and Communications. “With this award, our hospital demonstrates our commitment to ensure that our patients receive care based on internationally-respected clinical guidelines.”

          “We are pleased to recognize Good Samaritan Hospital for their commitment and dedication to stroke care,” said Deepak L. Bhatt, M.D., M.P.H., national chairman of the Get With The Guidelines steering committee and Executive Director of Interventional Cardiovascular Programs at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “Studies have shown that hospitals that consistently follow Get With The Guidelines quality improvement measures can reduce patients’ length of stays and 30-day readmission rates and reduce disparity gaps in care.”

          Get With The Guidelines–Stroke also helps Good Samaritan Hospital’s staff implement prevention measures, which include educating stroke patients to manage their risk factors and to be aware of warning signs for stroke, and ensuring they take their medications properly. Hospitals can make customized patient education materials available upon discharge, based on the patients’ individual risk profiles. The take-away materials are written in an easy-to-understand format in either English or Spanish.        

          According to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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    ABOUT GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL:

    Good Samaritan Hospital is an acute care hospital serving Santa Clara County, California, in two locations: main campus in San Jose and Mission Oaks campus in Los Gatos. Good Samaritan Hospital is one of the first five hospitals in the United States certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and the first in Santa Clara County to be certified as a Comprehensive  Stroke Center. Our Inpatient Acute Rehabilitation Program is the first Silicon Valley hospital with a CARF accreditation specifically for stroke. For more information visit, goodsamsanjose.com.

    About Get With The Guidelines

    Get With The Guidelines® is the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s hospital-based quality improvement program that provides hospitals with the latest research-based guidelines.  Developed with the goal of saving lives and hastening recovery, Get With The Guidelines has touched the lives of more than 4 million patients since 2001. For more information, visit heart.org/quality or heart.org/myhealthcare.

    Understanding Concussions and TBIs

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Each year, at least 1.7 million TBIs occur as an isolated injury or along with other injuries. Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can have serious and long-lasting health symptoms or disabilities, though they may not become apparent until hours, days, or even months later. The brain contains a sensitive network of nerves and arteries, and even light trauma could cause significant chemical changes inside the brain. Learn more about TBIs and how to prevent them below.

    Do All Head Injuries Cause TBIs?

    It is true that not all blows to the head cause TBIs. Concussions are often described as “mild” brain injuries if they are not immediately life-threatening, but they can still have a wide range of health effects without proper supervision and treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics states that a loss of consciousness longer than 30 seconds may indicate more significant intracranial injuries, but be aware that most concussions do not involve any loss of consciousness and can still cause various symptoms.

    What Are the Health Risks of TBIs?

    The severity and longevity of TBI symptoms can vary significantly, and may notice cognitive impairments, loss of sensations, or even emotional changes. Symptoms of a mild concussion usually resolve within a month, but if they persist or worsen it may be a sign of post-concussion syndrome (PCS). Depending on the severity of the TBI, risk for dementia or epilepsy may also increase. Long-term research suggests that repeated mild TBIs can lead to cumulative health effects.

    How Can I Prevent Severe TBIs?

    Mild concussions are fairly common sports injuries, so it is important to always wear a properly fitted helmet certified by the Snell Foundation. Do not use helmets for anything other than their intended purpose, as testing standards vary for different activities—a sports helmet will not necessarily provide adequate protection and support on a bicycle or other self-propelled vehicle.

    Good Samaritan Hospital is an award-winning institution that has been serving Santa Clara County since the early 1960s, and since then we’ve grown into a trusted family hospital with award-winning facilities for emergency and specialty care. Subscribe to our blog for the latest health and wellness tips, or stay prepared for any emergency by saving our 24-Hour Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral number at (888) 724-2362.




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