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    Understanding the Dangers of Distracted Driving

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Distracted driving is a significant cause of car accidents in the United States, many of which lead to traumatic injuries and fatalities that could have been avoided with better driving practices. There are many possible sources of distraction on the road, but the most prevalent in today’s society is cell phones. By making phone calls, texting, and using smartphone apps, drivers are keeping their eyes and ears off the road while their hands are busy operating the phone rather than the vehicle. Teens and young adults are the biggest culprits of distracted driving related to cell phone use, but the danger exists for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians who may encounter a distracted driver. Below you can get a look at the costs of distracted driving as well as some measures that could prevent poor driving habits.

    Increased Accident Risks

    Spending just five seconds with your eyes off the road (the time it takes to send or read a text message) driving at 55 miles per hour, you will cover the length of a football field without knowing what is going on around you. When you consider that one quarter of teens report that they respond to at least one text message every time they get behind the wheel, there are a significant number of drivers with their eyes off the road at any given time. 

    Annual Deaths and Injuries

    As a result of distracted driving, about 3,328 people were killed and another 421,000 people were injured in 2012. In fatal accidents, individuals in their 20s made up 27% of the drivers responsible.

    Distraction Prevention

    Most cell phones feature a driving mode, which will automatically respond to text messages and limit the availability of apps. This feature can reduce the temptation of using a cell phone while driving—especially for teens who are less experienced on the road. You should also be conscious of other possible distractions like eating and drinking, adjusting your music, personal grooming, and talking with passengers. Working to reduce these behaviors in yourself and those around you can have a big impact on the safety of roads in your community.

    For more tips on road safety, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. You can also visit us online to explore the services of our level II trauma center, which may provide lifesaving resources for individuals who have suffered serious injuries in accidents caused by distracted drivers. 

    National Donate Life Month: Why Become an Organ Donor?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Becoming an organ donor only takes a few minutes, but the decision to be an organ donor can change a number of lives by offering hope to many patients in need. To become an organ donor, your first step will be adding your name to the state donor registry, which may be done when you apply for a driver’s license or through a web-based service. Once you have been added to the registry, you might share the decision with your family so that you know your wishes will be carried out accordingly. By choosing to be an organ donor, you have the potential to save up to eight lives and touch the lives of many more people with tissue transplants following trauma, spinal injuries, or vision loss.

    Organ Donors Make Transplants Possible

    Organ transplants can give people a second chance at life, but these transplants are only possible with the help of organ donors. In a single year, organ donors will facilitate 28,000 lifesaving transplants, and another 1 million patients will benefit from cornea and tissue transplants that can greatly improve their quality of life.

    Many Patients Die Every Year Waiting for Organ Transplants

    While many lives are saved by organ donations, there are still thousands of patients who will not get the transplants they need in time. On average, it can take up to 5 years for a kidney transplant, 4 months for heart and lung transplants, and 11 months for liver transplants.

    There Is No Financial Burden for Organ Donors or Their Families

    When you are an organ donor, the medical expenses of transplantation do not fall on you or your family, regardless of whether you are a living or deceased donor.

    April is National Donate Life Month, which might inspire you to make a difference as a donor. To explore more of the benefits of signing up as a donor, contact Regional Medical Center of San Jose at (888) 762-8881. Our registered nurses are available 24/7 to answer your questions, provide physician referrals, and offer details about our hospital services. 

    Celebrating National Doctor's Day this March

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Most physicians decide upon a career in medicine because they want to make a difference in people’s lives. They are devoted to helping patients enjoy the highest quality of life possible through better healthcare. You can celebrate National Doctor’s Day this March to honor the physicians who have made a difference.

    Each year, National Doctor’s Day is designated as March 30th. This tradition began in 1933, when Eudora Brown Almond decided to honor physicians on this day by mailing greeting cards and placing flowers on doctors’ graves. In 1958, the awareness day was made official by a resolution from the House of Representatives. And in 1990, legislation was passed to officially declare National Doctor’s Day on March 30th.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our team of talented physicians, nurses, specialists, and other healthcare providers are committed to healthcare excellence. By offering advanced robotic surgery, sophisticated stroke care, and compassionate breast care, our physicians strive toward improving quality of life for our neighbors. You can speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital by calling (408) 259-4000.

    Healthy Eating Guidelines for Cancer Patients

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Nutrition is critically important for cancer patients. Cancer treatments can adversely affect a person’s nutritional status by changing the way the body metabolizes nutrients and by giving rise to side effects that can affect eating habits. Cancer patients can work with a registered dietitian at their community hospital to develop a healthy eating plan. In general; however, it’s advisable to eat a diet that consists primarily of plant-based foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

    Watch this video to hear an expert from the American Cancer Society discuss the nutritional needs of cancer patients. She explains how maintaining a healthy weight can reduce the risk of cancer recurrence and how certain nutrients can protect cells from damage.

    The Cancer Care Program at Regional Medical Center of San Jose offers advanced treatment options, clinical trials, and state-of-the-art technology to help improve outcomes for cancer patients. You can reach our hospital in San Jose by calling (408) 259-4000.

    An Overview of Colorectal Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    One of the ways oncologists categorize cancer is by its point of origin. Colorectal cancer refers to cancerous cells that begin dividing in the large intestine, or colon, or the rectum. Alternatively, these may be referred to as colon cancer or rectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is among the most common causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. To safeguard your health, consider visiting your community hospital to discuss your risk factors of cancer with your doctor. You might also schedule colorectal screening tests at your local hospital.


    In its early stages, colorectal cancer stays confined within its point of origin. During this time, many people will not experience any symptoms. As the cancer advances, symptoms may arise. These can include changes in bowel habits, such as constipation, diarrhea, or bloody stool. Abdominal discomfort may occur, including frequent cramps or flatulence. Fatigue, unexplained weakness, and the feeling that the bowel has not fully emptied are other possible signs of colorectal cancer.


    Generally, experts recommend visiting a local hospital to begin colorectal cancer screening at the age of 50. However, if you experience possible symptoms of colorectal cancer or you’re at a high risk of developing the disease, your physician may recommend screening earlier in life. The standard test for colorectal cancer screening is a colonoscopy. However, your physician might recommend a fecal occult blood test.

    Risk Factors

    One of the most significant risk factors of colorectal cancer is having a family history of the disease. And while the disease may occur at any age, it is most commonly diagnosed in individuals over the age of 50. Additionally, certain lifestyle factors may increase your risk, including obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, and excessive alcohol consumption.

    For exceptional cancer care, the San Jose community can rely on the specialists at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. Our Cancer Care Program consists of much more than just our skilled specialists and advanced technology; we strive to meet our patients’ social and psychological needs while they fight cancer. If you would like to learn more about cancer care, stroke care, or robotic surgery at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (408) 259-4000.

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