Last updated 4 months ago
Increasingly, more adults and children alike are developing diseases that were once thought to be largely eradicated in the U.S. You can learn about this alarming trend by listening to this interview with a pediatrician at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. He explains that because some parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children according to the schedule recommended by medical experts, the entire population is at risk. Individuals who haven’t been vaccinated can easily spread these diseases to others.
Additionally, as you’ll learn by watching this video, adults may be more prone to contracting diseases such as measles, mumps, and whooping cough because the immunizations they received in childhood can become less effective over time.
The physicians at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center can review your family’s medical records to determine if you and your children require immunizations. Families in Thousand Oaks can contact our community hospital at (805) 497-2727 or explore our healthcare services by visiting our hospital’s website.
Last updated 4 months ago
Countless children are rushed to the emergency room each year because they accidentally ingest toxic substances. Unfortunately, the typical American home contains dozens of products that could be potentially lethal to children, from medications to personal products. Hospitals across the country urge parents to walk through their home to look for common household poisons and to take steps to keep them out of the reach of children.
Medications are commonly overlooked as being potential sources of childhood poisoning. Yet, children who access medications and swallow them risk a life-threatening overdose unless they receive immediate care at an emergency room. Parents should avoid keeping medications in a medicine cabinet because teenagers can easily access them and young children can climb on the toilet or vanity to reach them. Instead, keep medications in a locked area.
Cleaning products, such as furniture polish, bleach-based spray, and toilet bowl cleaners are commonly stored in a cabinet underneath the bathroom or kitchen sink. Since these cabinets are close to the floor, it’s far too easy for young children to access them. Instead, parents should store cleaning products on a high shelf that children cannot access by climbing furniture or objects.
Likewise, personal products should be kept out of reach of children. There are many personal products that can pose a safety hazard to kids, including mouthwash, artificial nail removers, perfume, and topical analgesics.
Did you know that accidental ingestion of toxic household plants is a common reason for emergency room visits among young children? Some parts of certain plants contain toxic substances, such as oxalate crystals. If you have young children, it’s best to keep certain plants out of your home, including those in the poinsettia, philodendron, cactus, and tomato family.
If you or a family member may have accidentally ingested a toxic substance, the emergency room physicians of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center are standing by to help. The Emergency Department at our community hospital includes the area’s only Level II Trauma Center. If you live in the Thousand Oaks area and you wish to learn more about our emergency room or other services, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727.
Last updated 5 months ago
It’s perfectly normal for parents to rush their kids to the local hospital because of bumps and bruises, and sniffles and sneezes. However, some children have more serious health concerns that require long-term treatment and may even lead to emergency room visits. Three of the most common health concerns for children are obesity, allergies, and asthma.
Physicians at community hospitals across the country have been noting an increase in the number of children who are overweight or obese. This is of particular concern because children with obesity are more likely to suffer from serious health problems later in life, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and sleep apnea. Obesity can also contribute to asthma and social discrimination. A pediatrician at your local hospital can assess your child’s weight using a body mass index (BMI) chart that factors in age. It’s best for parents to be supportive of overweight and obese children, and to gently encourage them to choose healthy foods and a physically active lifestyle.
If your child frequently sneezes and wheezes, or suffers a runny nose, itchy eyes, and hives, he or she may have allergies. A pediatrician can perform a simple skin prick test to check for allergic reactions. Allergic reactions occur when the immune system treats harmless substances as germs. Some common triggers of childhood allergies include dust mites, mold, pollen, and foods such as nuts, seafood, milk, and soy.
A child with asthma has chronically inflamed airways. Sometimes, children with asthma suffer from asthma attacks or flare-ups, which occur when the airways become very narrow and swollen. This makes it difficult to breathe. Pediatricians can help parents and children learn how to manage asthma symptoms and respond to an asthma attack.
The pediatric medical staff at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center of Thousand Oaks provides child-friendly care, including specialty services such as pediatric cardiology, nephrology, orthopedics, and rheumatology. You can learn more about the pediatric services available at our hospital by browsing our website. Or, call (805) 497-2727 and ask a registered nurse at our hospital about requesting a free Emergency Kid Care Card.
Last updated 5 months ago
Women have long been counseled that receiving a yearly mammogram at their local hospital is the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages. However, some women may delay getting a mammogram because they fear the discomfort it can sometimes cause. Now, Dutch researchers have developed a new device that can reduce the patient’s discomfort.
Watch this video to hear about this simple solution for mammography discomfort. The device fits over the plates that compress the breast and measures the pressure being exerted. This enables technicians to standardize pressure used for each mammogram.
The Breast Center at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center provides sensitive and compassionate care for women within a high-tech environment. Women throughout the Thousand Oaks area can speak with a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (805) 497-2727.
Last updated 5 months ago
A primary care physician is typically a general practitioner who will be your main point of contact for your healthcare needs. You’ll visit this physician at your local hospital for your regular wellness exams and screening tests, and to discuss any symptoms that you may have noticed. Your doctor can diagnose and treat a wide range of healthcare issues, and refer you to a specialist if need be. Because your primary care physician plays such an integral role in your well-being, there are a number of factors you should consider when choosing a doctor at your community hospital.
Understanding the Types of Healthcare Providers
At your community hospital, there may be many different types of physicians who can provide primary care. Many people choose family practitioners, who treat both children and adults. If you’re a parent, it’s a good idea to select a pediatrician to care for your infant, child, or adolescent. Some women choose obstetricians/gynecologists as their primary care doctors, particularly if family planning considerations are especially important to them. Or, you might decide to select an internist, or a specialist in internal medicine, as your primary physician.
Evaluating Your Healthcare Plan Coverage
For many people, insurance coverage plays a significant role in selecting a primary care doctor. Check with your insurance company to see if a particular doctor or hospital is within your healthcare plan network. Alternatively, you could call a few doctors’ offices to ask if they accept your insurance plan.
Schedule an Interview with the Physician
It’s a good idea to meet with the physician before making your final decision. Since communication between patients and physicians is vital, assess whether you feel comfortable discussing personal medical details with the doctor. Consider other factors such as the doctor’s communication style, office hours, and ease of scheduling appointments.
You can use the physician locator tool to find a healthcare provider at Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center. Browse through our website to learn more about our healthcare services, including emergency room care and cardiology services. Or, call (805) 497-2727 to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital in Thousand Oaks.