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    Why Washing Hands Is Essential for Everyone's Health

    Last updated 25 days ago

    One of the easiest things you can do to preserve your health is wash your hands often. When you wash your hands, you clean away viruses and bacteria that can make you and others sick. Unfortunately, most people don’t wash their hands enough, and the effects can have repercussions throughout the community. In schools, when kids and teachers don’t wash their hands often enough, illnesses can quickly spread throughout the student body and staff. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of washing hands.

    If you do become ill, Riverside Community Hospital has the care you need. We offer a network of physicians, a heart hospital, OBGYN services, and more, and will provide quality healthcare for your family. Find out more by calling (951) 788-3463.

    Looking Back at Riverside's 2014 Red Dress Fashion Show

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re committed to making health services and education accessible to everyone in our community. Our Red Dress Fashion Show is just one way we fulfill that responsibility. Take a look back at this memorable event in this video.

    Heart health awareness was the focus of our Red Dress Fashion Show. Cardiovascular specialists were on hand to offer advice, and attendees enjoyed a buffet, free massages, and health screenings. The highlight of the event was seeing patients and community members modeling red dresses in honor of heart health.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been providing quality, compassionate healthcare to our community for 78 years and counting. Learn more about our heart hospital and all of our medical services by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    A Quick Look at Riverside's Transplant Program

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Riverside Community Hospital is home to the only organ transplant program in Riverside County. We provide kidney transplant services to patients with end stage renal failure (ESRF) with the comfort of being close to home. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists is committed to providing patients the very best in care and education to help them through the transplant and recovery process.

    Our program offers kidney transplants from both living and deceased donors. Transplanting a kidney from a living donor has significant advantages, including better matching, faster transplants, and easier surgery scheduling. However, both types of transplants can be transformative for patients and help them regain good health. During the post-surgical hospital stay, patients and their caregivers will receive extensive education about home care, recovery, and warning signs of rejection.

    Find out more about organ transplants at Riverside Community Hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. Our organ transplant team can help you understand the process and determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.  

    Tips for Bringing Kids to the ER

    Last updated 1 month 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 1 month 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. 

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