Last updated 5 months ago
The winter season brings with it cold weather, the holidays, and more visits to the emergency room than any other time of the year. In order to lower your chances of spending your holidays in the ER, Riverside Community Hospital warns you to watch out for the following accidents this season.
There are several burn hazards in the home to be aware of this season. Cooking injuries are a leading cause of burns in the home, and these can be caused by contact with hot cookware and cooking surfaces or accidental fires caused by kitchen clutter. Holiday décor can also be responsible for burn injuries when outlets are overloaded.
Holiday meals require extensive preparation, and cooking may last for several hours. During this time, it is important to keep foods at proper temperatures so they are not able to carry foodborne illnesses. When items are not being cooked or served, they should be kept hot or refrigerated.
Seasonal travel causes more congestion on the roadways, which can be a hazard when you are in the car. Drunk driving is another danger to be aware of through the holidays, as it causes a significant number of car accidents with a high rate of fatalities.
When you prepare your home for the holidays, you might hang decorations in and out of the house. While you are climbing a ladder or step stool, take your time so that you maintain your balance and avoid a fall that could lead to injury.
If bad luck does find you this holiday season and you are in need of medical care, visit the Emergency Center at Riverside Community Hospital. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so you can always have the fastest possible care when you need it most. Contact us on our website or call (951) 788-3463 to learn more about us. For healthcare on-the-go, download our iTriage Symptom Checker App.
Last updated 5 months ago
Robots have proven that they can handle all kinds of jobs, from factory work to exploring deep into the ocean. They’re also becoming more and more popular in operating rooms.
Robotic equipment doesn’t usually work on its own. Instead, the robot typically serves as a high-tech tool that the surgeon uses. The surgeon sits at a special work station with a console that shows the inside of the patient’s body, and uses hand and foot controls that move the surgical instruments with great precision.
The advent of minimally invasive surgery in recent decades created a need for robotic assistance. These procedures allow the surgeon to operate using small tools and cameras placed into relatively tiny cuts in the body.
The robot allows the surgeon to see the operating area in 3D, providing for better control of the instruments. The robot’s “hands” also have better range of motion than the tools surgeons use during minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. Plus, any tremors in the surgeon’s hands don’t affect the robot’s movements.
A robot was first used in surgery in 1985, when it assisted during brain surgery by helping the surgeon drill holes and collect tissue samples for a biopsy. In 1988, a surgeon performed a prostate surgery using the assistance of a robot. In 1992, a robot became available that ground away bone surface during hip replacement surgery.
These non-human “surgical assistants” quickly became popular in the operating room. Only 1,500 surgeries were performed with a robot in 2000, a number that leaped to more than 20,000 in 2004. Robotic surgery has become especially popular for removing diseased prostate glands. However, it’s also used in many other operations, including certain heart surgeries, joint replacements, and eye surgeries.
Since the surgeon doesn’t have to be located next to the patient during a robotic-assisted surgery, experts are interested in using robots in the future to help perform surgeries at long distances, such as to treat wounded soldiers.
For robotic surgery in Riverside, look no further than Riverside Community Hospital. We offer the da Vinci Surgical System, a cutting-edge breakthrough that can be used for treating a number of conditions from cardiac procedures to urologic procedures. Call (951) 788-3463 for more information about robotic surgery at RCH.
Last updated 6 months ago
Diabetes risk factors including insulin resistance are explained at NIDDK.NIH.gov.
FamilyDoctor.org encourages patients with diabetes to get more exercise to control blood glucose.
Medline Plus offers a look at how cigarette smoking impacts lung cancer risk.
The National Cancer Institute explains the basics of cancer prevention through good habits.
The American Cancer Society discusses why lung cancer may occur when no risk factors are present in an individual.
Visiting the following websites can help you learn more about women’s health, organ donation, and much more. If you have any further questions, please call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463.
Last updated 6 months ago
Riverside Community Hospital is proud today to announce its plans for a $315 million expansion on the facility’s campus to meet the needs of a growing community and to ensure and even higher level of care and service for our patients. This expansion project will be an incredible achievement for our hospital as it represents the single largest investment in the Hospital’s 111 year history. Please visit our website and Facebook for expansion updates and details as our project progresses. There will be a Fact & Detail sheet posted on our site sometime in the next week as well.
The expansion project is a seven-floor, 292,000 square-foot tower which will house 12 intensive care patient rooms, 60 medical and surgical patient rooms, a laboratory and food services operations. The expansion project will include several major components including:
A new 4-level, 861-space Parking Garage
A new 3-floor, 60,000 square-foot Medical Office Building
A seismic retrofit and cosmetic upgrades to an existing patient tower
Imaging Department equipment additions and replacements with facility updates and expansion.
In addition, the expansion project will enable Riverside Community Hospital to offer 72 private rooms in the new seven-floor tower, providing more space to accommodate families and expanding its service offerings to more critically ill patients. Several floors of the patient tower will be shelled space available for future growth and expansion.
The project is anticipated to create nearly 400 temporary jobs in various construction trades and nearly 300 full-time hospital positions when completed.
For more information, or if you have any questions or comments contact our marketing department at 951.236.2772.
Last updated 6 months ago
Robot-assisted surgery has ushered in a new way for doctors to perform surgery with greater precision and effectiveness. It is a type of minimally invasive surgery that is increasingly used for a variety of procedures including:
One of the most popular robotic surgical systems is called the da Vinci Surgical System, which is used here at Riverside Community Hospital. The system benefits both doctors and patients. It allows surgeons to perform surgeries in less time with more accuracy and it helps patients recover more quickly.
During Da Vinci robotic surgery, tiny tools on long rods are inserted into several small incisions in the patient’s body. The rods are attached to robotic arms located next to the patient in the operating room. One of the rods contains a high definition 3-D camera, which enables the doctor to see inside the body during surgery.
The surgeon performs the operation while seated at a computer console positioned at a distance from the operating table. The doctor maneuvers the robotic arms from hand controls on the console. A powerful three dimensional monitor on the console gives the doctor high definition images for a better view of the operating field. The surgeon uses hand and finger movements to guide the robotic tools and has the ability to zoom in and magnify spots to get a more detailed view of the surgical site than is possible with the human eye.
The tools inside the body are designed to twist and turn like a surgeon’s wrists, but with greater flexibility and range of motion. The tiny instruments are particularly helpful in operating on parts of the body that are difficult to reach. The robotic system also detects and eliminates hand tremors, which allows for more precision in delicate and complex procedures than can be performed “by-hand.”
Research shows da Vinci robotic surgery patients experience less blood loss, reduced pain and fewer complications. Because the incisions are small, there’s less risk of infection, minimal scarring and patients heal faster so they can leave the hospital and resume normal activities sooner.
Riverside Community Hospital employs the da Vinci robotic surgery system in many procedures. If you would like to learn more about robot-assisted surgery, call (951) 788-3463.