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    What to Do If Your Child Sustains a Bone Fracture

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Bone fractures are among the most common reasons for emergency room visits for youngsters. Children who suffer from bone fractures do not usually require a trip to the surgery center; a cast is typically sufficient to allow the injury to mend. However, a fracture can still cause a great deal of discomfort for youngsters and they’ll need to be taken to a local hospital as soon as possible.

    Identifying the Symptoms

    Identifying the signs of a fracture can prove challenging, particularly when the child is too young to clearly articulate his or her symptoms. If your child appears unable to move or place weight on the affected body part, he or she may have suffered a fracture. You might also notice swelling in the area.

    Addressing the Injury

    You can use a rolled-up magazine as a splint to stabilize the fractured body part while you and your child are on route to the emergency room. If your child is older, you can keep him or her comfortable by wrapping an ice pack in a towel and placing it against the injury. However, avoid using ice packs for infants and toddlers.

    Seeking Emergency Care

    In many cases, you can bring your child to the emergency room yourself. However, if your child has fractured a leg or if the injury is bleeding, you should call 911. At the emergency room, the physician will examine X-rays to assess the injury. Most fractures in children can be treated by applying a cast; however, some youngsters may need surgery to realign the bones.

    Parents in Thousand Oaks can turn to Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center for all of their medical emergencies. Our hospital features a dedicated pediatric ER with specially trained staff members to help your youngster feel at ease in our emergency room. If your child requires transportation to an emergency room, please call 911; otherwise, you may reach our hospital at (805) 497-2727 or visit us online to learn more.

    Screening Guidelines for Cervical Cancer

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Cervical cancer occurs when cancerous cells begin to grow in the cervix, which is the lower part of the uterus. By undergoing regular cervical cancer screenings at their local hospitals, women can reduce their risk of developing this life-threatening disease. During a cervical cancer screening, or Pap test, the healthcare provider will collect a sample of cervical cells to be analyzed in the laboratory for signs of precancerous changes.

    Who Should Undergo Screening?

    Current guidelines recommend that all women between the ages of 21 and 65 visit their community hospitals for a Pap smear. While you are within this age range, it’s important to continue to undergo cervical cancer screening even if you are currently abstaining from sexual intercourse. Additionally, women who are 30 years or older may wish to ask their physicians about co-testing, which refers to having an HPV test at the same time as a Pap test.

    How Often Should Screening Be Done?

    The guidelines with regard to the frequency of screening depend on your personal medical history. If you’ve previously had normal Pap results, your physician may advise you to schedule a test every three years. Women who have had normal results from the Pap test and the HPV test may be advised to wait five years for their next screening. You can ask your doctor for advice regarding your unique medical needs.

    Who Doesn’t Require Screening?

    Women who have reached their 65th birthday may be advised to discontinue cervical cancer screening, provided they have had normal results for the past few years. In addition, women who have had their cervix removed during a hysterectomy may no longer require cervical cancer screening.

    Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides an array of healthcare services, including preventive health screenings and exams. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks also offers emergency room care and heart health services. Visit our website to learn more about our hospital or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727.

    Everything You Need to Know About Blood Donation

    Last updated 3 months ago

    In the U.S., someone is in need of blood every two seconds. Donated blood is frequently needed for patients at emergency rooms who have suffered from traumatic injuries, along with those at surgery centers who are undergoing procedures. You can help save lives and contribute to the welfare of your community by becoming a blood donor.


    Many first-time blood donors are concerned about the safety of the procedure. You can rest assured that the process is safe and generally well-tolerated. You may feel a little dizzy for a few minutes after donating blood at your local hospital or other community venue. Also, you should be aware that the physicians at blood drives use new, sterile needles for each donor, eliminating the risk of transferring infectious diseases to donors.


    Not everyone is eligible to donate blood. When you arrive at the blood drive, you’ll be screened for eligibility. Candidates for blood donation are in good overall health and do not have a history of cancer, hepatitis B or C, autoimmune diseases, or HIV infection. Additionally, a previous history of drug abuse or a serious chronic disease can preclude you from donating blood.


    You may wish to consider becoming a regular blood donor. Men may donate blood every three months, while women may donate every four months. Each time you donate blood, up to 450 ml will be taken from your body. Your body is capable of producing this amount within 24 hours.


    Sometimes, it may be necessary to postpone your blood donation, such as if you’ve had a respiratory infection, vaccination, tooth extraction, major surgery, or tattoo. You may also need to postpone your donation if you’ve taken certain medications or traveled to high-risk locations.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, you’ll find more than 600 highly trained physicians, servicing more than 50 medical and dental specialties. Our hospital staff is dedicated to providing compassionate care within our state-of-the-art facility. Residents throughout the Thousand Oaks area can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (805) 497-2727 to inquire about our specialty services, including cardiology and emergency room medicine. 

    Women Taking Charge of Their Heart Health

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S., but most women underestimate their own risks. Women are far more likely to be concerned about diseases like breast cancer than heart disease, but now, thanks to other women sharing their stories about living with heart disease, more and more women are waking up to the risk.

    Watch this video to hear from women who survived heart attacks and are living with managing their heart health. Many of them ignored their risk factors for heart problems and paid the price. They offer their stories so you can avoid the same mistakes.

    Don’t ignore your heart health. The heart hospital at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can help. Ask your physician for a referral to one of our cardiology experts or call us today at (805) 497-2727 for more information. 

    How Is Childhood Obesity Being Managed Today?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Childhood obesity is no longer confined to developed nations. This serious pediatric health issue is now a global epidemic. Battling childhood obesity isn’t as simple as encourage kids to choose healthier snacks and swap video games for outside play. This video explores how a multidisciplinary approach can help make real change possible.

    Obesity isn’t just caused by poor food choices and sedentary lifestyles. Many economic, cultural, and physiological factors are also at play. A systems science approach that integrates research into all of these influences and makes partners of hospitals, policy makers, and empowered patients, may be the best chance of overcoming childhood obesity.

    At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to improving the health of our Thousand Oaks communities through conscientious care and patient education. From our ER to our cardiology hospital and pediatric specialists, find out how we can help your entire family achieve good health by calling (805) 497-2727. 

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