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    What Does It Mean to Be a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    If you or someone you love is experiencing a stroke, where you get emergency care matters. Strokes require urgent intervention to prevent as much brain damage as possible, and not every hospital is equipped to handle these medical crises efficiently. Before you need care, find out which hospitals in your area are certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers. What does it mean to be certified as a Comprehensive Stroke Center? Here is what you need to know.

    Certification Requirements

    The Joint Commission awards certifications for stroke centers based on several different criteria. Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center is a step above Primary Stroke Center, and Comprehensive Centers must meet all of the same criteria as Primary Centers. This means that the hospital must have a dedicated stroke program with medical professionals trained in stroke care. They must be able to provide individualized care and assist in post-discharge patient care. To become a Comprehensive Stroke Center, in addition to meeting those requirements, hospitals must also have a 24-hour neuro-critical unit for stroke patients, on-site advanced imaging capabilities, and the ability to perform complex stroke treatments for a set number of patients each year. Comprehensive Stroke Centers must also undergo peer reviews and take part in stroke research.

    Certification Benefits

    Getting treatment at a hospital with a Comprehensive Stroke Center offers many benefits to patients. They can get diagnosis and treatment faster, even in complex cases, thanks to around-the-clock neurology staffing. They also have access to extensive rehabilitation programs and support with coordinating post-discharge care. Overall, stroke patients receive more aggressive treatment and recovery support in Comprehensive Stroke Centers than in other facilities.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is proud to hold the designation of Comprehensive Stroke Center and to provide cutting-edge care to stroke patients. You can get more information about stroke care and all of our medical services by calling us at (408) 259-4000. 

    Diagnostic Procedures You Can Expect in the ER

    Last updated 14 days ago

    When you visit the ER, diagnosing your condition is the first action the doctors will take. A number of different diagnostic tests can be performed in the ER so that doctors can provide you with the urgent care you need. The right tests for you depend on your symptoms and medical history, but here is a look at some of the tests the ER physicians may order:

    Blood Tests

    Blood tests can help your doctor diagnose a wide range of conditions. Blood tests can help your doctor determine if you’re suffering from a heart attack, have high or low blood glucose levels, have a problem with your liver, or any number of other health problems. Blood tests are also useful in cases of drug overdoses. In some cases, blood tests may be the only diagnostic exams your doctor needs to perform, while in other instances, they are used in conjunction with other tests.

    Diagnostic Imaging

    Diagnostic imaging tests, like X-rays and CT scans, are also important components of care in the ER. Imaging tests can diagnose broken bones, inflamed organs, torn muscles, and more. They can also be used to help determine if you are having a stroke. Diagnostic imaging may be used for diagnosis and also to track the effectiveness of your treatment after you’re discharged from the ER.


    An electrocardiogram, or EKG, tracks the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG is an important part of diagnosing heart attacks. If you go to the ER with chest pain, then an EKG will almost certainly be part of your care.

    The emergency room of Regional Medical Center of San Jose is fully equipped to provide the urgent care you need for a wide range of health conditions and is backed by the full scope of all our hospital services. Learn more about the care we provide, from robotic surgery to stroke care, by calling (408) 259-4000. 

    Understanding Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Hemorrhagic strokes are also known as bleeds. They account for about 13 percent of all strokes and occur when a blood vessel ruptures inside of the brain. Although they are less common than ischemic strokes, which are caused by blood clots, they still require the same level of urgent medical care.

    What Causes Hemorrhagic Stroke?

    A rupture of a blood vessel causes hemorrhagic stroke. When this occurs, blood pours into the brain and causes an increase in pressure. Most blood vessel ruptures occur for one of two reasons: aneurysm or arteriovenous malformation (AVN). With an aneurysm, a weakened part of a blood vessel balloons outward, causing it to weaken further. If the aneurysm is left untreated, eventually the blood vessel can rupture. AVN is a cluster of blood vessels that are abnormally formed. The abnormal formation of the blood vessels leaves them vulnerable to breakage. Any vessel in an AVN cluster can rupture and cause bleeding in the brain.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    The symptoms of hemorrhagic stroke are the same as the symptoms for ischemic stroke. These include weakness on one side of the body, slurred speech, severe headache, and confusion. It is not possible to determine what kind of stroke someone is having based on symptoms alone.

    How Are Hemorrhagic Strokes Treated?

    When you go to the hospital with stroke symptoms, the first step the medical team will take is to determine if you are having a stroke and what kind you are having. In the case of a hemorrhagic stroke, treatment is focused on stopping the bleed and relieving pressure. This can include endovascular procedures and surgical treatment.

    The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can provide the urgent treatment stroke patients need for the best possible outcomes. Learn more about our stroke care and neurology services by calling (408) 259-4000. 

    Taking a Closer Look at Pediatric Occupational Therapy

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Occupational therapy (OT) is a branch of rehabilitative care often associated with adult patients, but it can be used in a pediatric setting with its own unique guidelines to help children learn age-appropriate skills for improved social and personal development. At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we provide pediatric occupational therapy with personalized patient care to address challenges in physical, sensory, or cognitive development, which may be associated with a number of different conditions and causes of disability. With ongoing OT, a child facing traumatic injury, developmental disorders, or birth injury may be able to gain independence and participate in more normal activities that kids enjoy for a happier childhood.

    Reasons for children to have OT

    Any child that has trouble with fine motor skills, social interaction, sensory skills, or coordination may benefit from pediatric OT. Common conditions addressed through this type of therapy include cancer, spina bifida, orthopedic injuries, autism, multiple sclerosis, and cerebral palsy. Because there is a fairly wide range of disorders addressed through therapy, pediatric occupational therapists work one-on-one with children to assess their unique needs and design activities most appropriate for them.

    OT guidelines for young patients

    Occupational therapy is different from physical therapy, since the primary focus is on fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, cognitive development, and sensory processing rather than pain, endurance, and gross motor skills. In pediatric OT, a therapist may help a child learn basic grooming tasks, handwriting and typing, appropriate social behaviors, and hand-eye coordination. Activities utilize toys and instruments that children may use in their daily lives so that therapy has an immediate and clear benefit in a child’s regular activities.

    If you think your child may benefit from occupational therapy, connect with Regional Medical Center for a look at our rehabilitation services online or at (888) 762-8881. We offer a number of rehabilitation programs for patients of all ages and backgrounds. 

    Innovative Lung Cancer Care at Regional Medical Center of San Jose

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer in the United States and the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. However, when lung cancer is identified early on, the chances of survival are dramatically increased. That’s why Regional Medical Center of San Jose has invested in the most advanced diagnostic and therapeutic technologies in the field on interventional pulmonology, which includes procedures that are generally safer and easier on patients than conventional surgeries and other cancer treatments. Below you can explore some of the state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment modalities we utilize to provide the best possible care for patients with lung cancer and individuals with a high risk for the disease.

    Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy

    Conventional bronchoscopic procedures allow interventional pulmonologists a view inside the lungs to check for possible lesions. With Electromagnetic Navigational Bronchoscopy (ENB), your physician will have the capability to locate, biopsy, and plan treatment for tumors detected deep in the lung tissue. This can allow the detection of lung cancer before it spreads to other areas of the lungs and lymph nodes. Sophisticated GPS-like technology lets the pulmonologist explore the lungs through the natural airways, allowing access to lesions that are inaccessible with other bronchoscopic techniques.

    Stereotactic Radiosurgery

    When tumors are not able to be accessed with traditional surgery, stereotactic radiosurgery can be an effective treatment option that utilizes radiation to eradicate cancerous tissue. With fiducial marker placement, a minimally invasive procedure performed in an outpatient setting, the pulmonologist can identify tumors to ensure precise delivery of radiation for more effective cancer care.

    For more facts on lung cancer and a closer look at your treatment options in San Jose, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881. Our interventional pulmonology team includes specialists in radiation oncology, medical oncology, and thoracic surgery to facilitate a multi-disciplinary approach that maximizes the potential for lung cancer treatment and early diagnoses. 

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