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    Exploring the Role of Technology in Modern Healthcare

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The picture of healthcare has evolved dramatically over the past decades as more advanced technologies have become available for care management, diagnostics, and medical treatments. In this video, the American Heart Association CEO discusses how new technologies have made great strides in cardiac care. Along with improvements in the clinical setting, medical technologies have empowered patients to take their care into their own hands for improved outcomes.

    Regional Medical Center of San Jose is dedicated to remaining on the cutting edge of medical technologies to improve the care of the diverse residents of the East Bay. You can see the advanced technology we utilize every day by visiting our website or calling (408) 259-4000 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 

    What You Need to Know to Stay Safe on the Road during the Holidays

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Whether your holiday plans include a long road trip or a short commute to parties and family events, you will want to keep some road safety rules in mind as you hit the road this season. Roads tend to be busiest around the holidays, and not all drivers will be using safe travel tactics. To avoid car accidents and the serious injuries that may result from them this year, remember these important facts about holiday travel on the road.

    Road Trips May Take Longer

    With more drivers on the road and a higher rate of auto accidents, road trips might take a few hours longer than usual. You should account for this in your travel planning so that you are not in a hurry that could cause you to get in an accident yourself.

    Weather Conditions Can Quickly Become Severe

    In the wintertime, bad weather can seemingly come out of nowhere when you drive into a storm or climb in elevation. You will want to always be prepared to pull over and wait for a storm to pass by keeping non-perishable healthy snacks and bottled water handy. If you plan to drive through a snowy area, be sure that you have the appropriate tires or chains to put on when needed.

    Distractions Are All Around

    Today’s technology presents more distractions than ever for drivers, and some may even be built into your dashboard. Remember that driving for any length of time requires your full attention, which means putting the phone down, keeping conversation light, and leaving your eyes on the road. You should never drive when you are too tired or in too much stress to focus behind the wheel.

    Impaired Drivers Are on the Road

    You can prevent yourself from driving impaired, but holiday festivities do tend to put more drunk drivers on the road. If you see a driver you suspect has been drinking, keep your distance and notify the police as soon as you can.

    If the worst does occur on the road this holiday season, the ER and advanced 34-bed ICU at Regional Medical Center of San Jose can provide lifesaving care following an auto accident. You can see the difference of our care by visiting our website or calling us at (408) 259-4000. 

    Holiday Travel Tips to Help You Prevent Common Winter Illnesses

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Traveling is an essential part of the holiday season for many people, but it can raise your chances of getting sick by exposing you to a vast world of germs on planes, at gas stations, in the airport, and in any other area where travelers gather to reach their holiday destinations. To prevent a cold or flu from ruining your holiday fun, keep these helpful tips in mind for healthier traveling this winter.

    Boost Your Vitamin Intake

    You can fortify your immune system by skipping junk food options and snacking on fresh fruit, nuts, and veggie sticks. These choices can offer beneficial vitamins and nutrients that help your body fight off seasonal viruses more effectively. You might also ask your doctor about herbal supplements and vitamins that can give you a bigger immunity boost when you need it. Drinking extra water to stay hydrated is another helpful way to support your immune health when illnesses are on the rise.

    Dress for the Weather

    Going out in the cold will not necessarily give you a cold, but it will make you more likely to get sick. If you travel to cold areas, make sure that you pack the right clothing and bundle up. Airports and planes also tend to be relatively chilly, so you will want to travel with a jacket and warm shoes to play it safe.

    Keep Your Hands Clean

    Proper hand washing cannot be emphasized enough during flu season—especially if you are around large crowds of people during your travels. Almost every surface in a public area might be covered in germs during flu season, but washing your hands frequently will help you avoid further transmission of these germs. When you wash your hands, make sure that you use plenty of soap and scrub vigorously for at least 20 seconds. The amount of hand washing you need to stay germ-free might actually begin to dry out your skin, so carry a small tube of lotion to stay moisturized.

    Before you travel this winter, call Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000 for even more travel health tips. We are there for you 24/7 serving the San Jose community with a wide range of health services

    Taking a Closer Look at the Flexible Bronchoscopy Procedure

    Last updated 5 months ago

    If you see your physician presenting respiratory problems marked by symptoms such as trouble breathing, chronic coughing, and wheezing, you may be scheduled for a bronchoscopy procedure. This procedure allows physicians to see your airways and lungs to locate a tumor, infection, excess mucus, or a blockage. Flexible bronchoscopy is typically the preferred method for this exam, because it does not require general anesthesia like a rigid bronchoscopy does. You will, however, be given a sedative that may make you sleepy and relaxed while the flexible bronchoscopy tube is used. The bronchoscope is inserted through the mouth and guided by the physician through both of the lungs. The doctor can see images of the bronchi and lungs on a TV screen as the bronchoscope moves through the airways. If any additional interventional pulmonology procedures are needed, the bronchoscope allows the insertion of special tools the doctor can use for biopsy or balloon placement.

    For a closer look at this and other interventional pulmonology procedures, connect with the East Bay’s most advanced interventional pulmonology center at Regional Medical Center of San Jose. You can reach us on our website or at (408) 259-4000.

    What to Expect When You Need Dialysis

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When the kidneys are not able to function properly as filtration systems for the body, patients may need dialysis to filter the blood of toxins, waste, and excess fluid. This treatment may be offered at dedicated dialysis centers or hospitals, and it is provided under the care of a nephrologist.

    If you need hemodialysis, which uses a highly sophisticated machine to filter the blood, you will need to have treatment about 3-4 times weekly with treatment sessions that last about 3 hours. You will be seated during the treatment, and you can read, watch TV, or take a nap. The first few sessions may take longer and have side effects like nausea, cramping, dizziness, and headaches. Eventually these symptoms will subside and treatment will get easier, though you will likely continue to feel tired after each session with the dialysis machine.

    At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, we have a highly trained staff specializing in both hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, making it convenient for patients to schedule their care with us. For a physician referral to manage your chronic kidney disease, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000. 

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