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    Tips for Bringing Kids to the ER

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Bringing your child to the ER can be an anxiety-inducing experience, but there are a few things you can to make the process a little less stressful. To start, know when to call 911 versus when to drive your child to the ER yourself. Dial 911 if your child is turning blue from breathing problems, has uncontrolled bleeding, is unconscious, or has a spine injury.

    Before you leave for the ER, be sure to bring a list of all of your child’s medications for the ER physicians. It’s a good idea to keep a list handy so you can easily grab it when needed. If possible, also bring information about immunizations, allergies, and previous surgeries. If your child is not too ill, consider packing things like coloring books to pass the time. If you think your child could be admitted, grab some spare clothes and a toothbrush.

    The ER at Riverside Community Hospital is a Level 2 trauma center equipped to handle a long list of medical emergencies. ER patients also have access to our other hospital services, including the heart hospital and OBGYN team. Call (951) 788-3463 to learn more. 

    Tips for Teens Living with Diabetes

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Diabetes management is a challenge for anyone, but for teens, it can be especially difficult. During your teen years, your schedule is changeable, you have a whole new world of social demands, and you must make the transition to adulthood. All of these factors can wreak havoc on your diabetes care plan. Now, more than ever, it’s important to work closely with your endocrinologist to find management strategies that work for you. Riverside Community Hospital offers many resources for diabetes management, from classes to referrals for healthcare providers. Continue reading to find a few teen-friendly tips for keeping diabetes in check.

    Speak Up

    Keep an open line of communication with your parents and your endocrinologist about your diabetes care. If you’re on multiple daily injections (MDIs), you may need to shift your insulin schedule to accommodate classes and afterschool activities. Pump wearers and MDI users alike may need to have parents talk to the school about making time for a snack to avoid hypoglycemia. Alert your diabetes team to any new patterns of blood sugar highs and lows so adjustments to your insulin can be made.

    Test Before Driving

    Getting your driver’s license is exciting, and you can enjoy it to the fullest by taking a few precautions for your diabetes. Always test your blood sugar before you drive, and never get behind the wheel when you’re low. Pull over if you begin to feel low and test yourself. Make sure your car is stocked with glucose tabs or candy for emergencies.

    Practice Party Smarts

    There a good chance that you may find yourself at a party where drinking is going on. Talk to your endocrinologist about the impacts of alcohol on blood glucose. It’s never a good idea to mix alcohol and diabetes, and this is especially true during your teen years. Avoiding situations that involve alcohol or volunteering to be a designated driver are good ways to fend off peer pressure.

    You can learn more about taking control of your diabetes by attending a class at Riverside Community Hospital. The certified diabetes educators who are part of our Diabetes Solutions staff can be an important part of your care team. For more information, call (951) 788-3463. 

    What Happens During CyberKnife Treatment?

    Last updated 3 months ago

    CyberKnife is a radiosurgery system designed to treat cancerous and benign tumors without invasive procedures. It’s ideal for patients with inoperable or complex tumors, as well as those who are looking for an alterative to surgery for their treatments. The CyberKnife Center at Riverside Community Hospital is the first facility in the area to offer this revolutionary treatment. Here is a look at what happens during the procedure.

    CT Imaging

    Before treatment begins, patients undergo a high-resolution CT scan so the clinician can clearly see the location, size, and shape of the tumor being treated. This scan is transferred to the CyberKnife system so that the operator can make specific plans for treatment. The treatment plan is created using CyberKnife software, which determines the correct dose for successful treatment that won’t damage healthy tissue.

    Patient Prep

    For the treatment, patients are asked to change into hospital gowns and are positioned on the treatment table. Because CyberKnife treatment is painless, there is no anesthesia required. Once the clinician reviews the treatment plan and patient’s medical history, treatment can begin. Because it’s necessary to remain very still during treatment, doctors sometimes use a neck or body mold to reduce movement.

    Treatment Procedure

    The CyberKnife system has a large, computer-controlled robotic arm that moves around the patient, delivering precise doses of radiation to the tumor from all angles. The process takes between 30 and 90 minutes and varies depending on the tumor location. Some patients only require one CyberKnife session, while others need to have a series of treatments. For patients receiving multiple treatments, sessions are usually scheduled over five or fewer days. Most patients are able to return to normal activities right away, though nausea and fatigue are possible, depending on the treatment area.

    To learn more about CyberKnife care at Riverside Community Hospital, call (951) 788-3463. Our hospital also offers OBGYN care, is home to a heart hospital, and provides the only organ transplant services in Riverside County. Please visit our website to find additional information about our hospital.

    Fighting Back Against Childhood Obesity

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Childhood obesity is an epidemic in the United States. The repercussions for kids now and in the future are serious. Kids who are obese are at risk for conditions that once only affected adults, like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and joint problems, in addition to depression, social anxiety, and low self-esteem. At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re dedicated to helping all members of our community understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight and the things we can all do together to get there. Fight back against childhood obesity with these tips.

    Clean Up School Lunches

    While parents may make great strides in providing a healthy diet at home, many kids still have access to high-calorie, high-fat foods at school. Lobby for your child’s school to stop offering sugary beverages and to replace unhealthy lunch options with more nutritious fare. If your child’s school doesn’t offer suitable choices for meals, consider packing a healthier lunch and only allowing your child to buy school lunches occasionally.

    Prioritize PE

    With busy schedules, the lure of video games, and other modern factors, kids today tend to get less physical activity than ever before. This is why physical education in school is so important. The government recommends that children get 60 minutes of physical activity daily for good health, and PE class is one of the most effective ways to ensure they get that consistently. However, changing curricula in many schools mean far fewer of them are offering daily PE classes. Be an advocate for PE in your child’s school.

    Practice Portion Control

    Make portion control part of mealtime for your family. Talk to your child’s pediatrician about food serving guidelines, and don’t forget to set an example with the way you eat. When kids aren’t used to super-sized portions, they’re less likely to overindulge outside of the house.

    Do you need help managing your child’s weight? Ask for a referral to a Riverside Community Hospital physician. At our hospital, patients of all ages can find a comprehensive list of services, from OBGYN care to organ transplants, bariatric surgery, and heart care. For a referral to a doctor and additional information, call (951) 788-3463. 

    A Look at the Process of Diagnosing Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 3 months ago

    With early diagnosis of prostate cancer, treatments are often less invasive and more effective. There are a number of tools doctors can use to diagnose prostate cancer so treatment can begin. At Riverside Community Hospital, our imaging specialists and cancer team will walk with you through the entire process of diagnosis, care, and recovery. Here is a look at the diagnostic tools doctors use for prostate cancer.

    Blood Test and Exam

    The first stage of prostate cancer diagnosis begins in the doctor’s office. Your physician may perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) and a blood test to check for elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen (PSA). During the DRE, your doctor will check for prostate lumps and enlargement. The PSA test tells your doctor if you have high levels of an antigen that sometimes—but not always—occurs with prostate cancer. PSA levels are also used to determine prostate cancer staging if a diagnosis is made.

    Transrectal Ultrasound

    A transrectal ultrasound, or TRUS, allows your doctor to see if your prostate gland is enlarged or if it has any suspicious growths. The test is usually ordered if your doctor is concerned about the results of your DRE or PSA test. TRUS is performed on an outpatient basis and usually takes about 10 minutes. Although you may feel some pressure when the probe is inserted, the procedure is not painful for most patients.


    A biopsy may also be ordered based on the results of DRE or PSA tests. Prostate biopsies are usually performed by urologists. The biopsy usually takes about 10 minutes and is performed by inserting a small, hollow needle into the prostate via the rectum to remove prostate tissue for testing.

    If you’re diagnosed with prostate cancer, Riverside Community Hospital’s Cancer Center can help. We offer superior care from a team of compassionate oncology experts. Our hospital’s range of facilities and services also includes a heart hospital, bariatric weight loss, OBGYN care and much more. To learn more, call (951) 788-3463. 

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