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    Should You Be Screened for Prostate Cancer?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    MountainView Hospital strives to provide individuals living in the greater Las Vegas region with the tools they need to protect their health. Cancer is a common disease, but early detection is possible with preventive screenings. If you are a man who may be at risk for prostate cancer, discuss if getting a prostate cancer screening is right for your healthcare needs with your physician. Continue reading to learn more about if you should be screened for prostate cancer:

    You Have an Immediate Family Member with Prostate Cancer

    Like many other types of cancer, prostate cancer tends to arise more frequently in families with at least one affected family member. As a result, you might want to consider a screening should you have a son, brother, or father with prostate cancer. If you are unaware of a prostate cancer diagnosis in your family, it is never too soon to have a conversation with your immediate family members to discuss whether any of them have experienced this health concern.

    You Are of African American Descent

    Research shows that some ethnic groups experience higher rates of prostate cancer in comparison with others. In particular, the African-American community typically sees more of its male members suffer from this disease. If you are of African American descent, you may have a higher risk for prostate cancer than other individuals. Having a prostate cancer screening might be necessary if your physician determines that your ethnicity puts you in danger of this disease.

    You Are 50 or Older

    No matter your race or family history, you immediately fall into a higher risk group once you reach the age of 50. Even if you are in good health, you should discuss your need for a prostate cancer screening with your physician. If you are well beyond the age of 50 and have never undergone this procedure, now is the time to schedule an appointment for your prostate health.

    MountainView Hospital wants you to be in control of your health. Our Las Vegas-based hospital provides many preventive services that can detect potentially life-threatening diseases before they become serious health concerns. To speak with an associate about the preventive screenings we offer, call (702) 233-5474.

    Are You Prepared for Medical Emergencies in Your Household?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Preparedness and emergencies might seem like two mutually exclusive concepts, but should a medical crisis occur, you could save valuable minutes—and potentially a loved one’s life—if you’ve prepared ahead of time. For instance, if you know to text “ER” to 23000, MountainView Hospital can respond with the most current wait time information for our Las Vegas emergency care department. The following information can also help you handle any health crisis that occurs.

    Knowing Where to Find the Nearest ER

    A medical emergency demands the swiftest professional treatment available. If you need ER care, taking even a few minutes to look up the address of your nearest emergency department can result in a delay that may turn a serious situation into a life-threatening one. Before the day comes when you or a family member might require ER attention, know the address and driving route to the facility closest to home.

    Readying Your Medical Documents

    Doctors and nurses must tailor their treatment to the needs of each patient. Existing medical conditions, allergies, and other health issues all factor into how the ER staff addresses a medical emergency. To ensure that you and your loved ones can receive appropriate treatment as soon as possible, prepare the medical histories of each person in your family. You can also have copies made of your insurance paperwork so that you can provide them to the ER staff.

    Packing an ER Travel Bag

    Emergency room treatment means fast attention; however, it might not always translate into a fast departure. If your doctor or nurse is waiting for imaging or blood work results, you might end up staying at the ER for several hours. For your comfort and convenience, consider packing a bag or backpack with snacks, toys, reading materials, and other handy items. If your condition is serious enough to warrant hospitalization, you may also need clothing and personal hygiene products.

    MountainView Hospital wants you to be ready for the unexpected health emergencies that can happen in life. If you have more questions about how to prepare for a trip to the ER, our representatives can help. Call our Las Vegas hospital at (702) 233-5474 to speak with a nurse about emergency preparedness.

    New VP of Quality - Jan Olivas

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Congratulations to Jan Olivas who has been named the new Vice President of Quality. Jan has been a member of the MountainView team since 2009 and has served the role of Director, Risk Management/ Patient Safety Officer.

    Prior to joining MountainView, Jan worked at HCA's Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in several capacities during her four years there, including Vice President of Quality Management, Interim CNO/VP Patient Care Services and Cardiovascular Product Line Director.

    Jan has a wealth of knowledge in the quality arena, including spearheading MountainView's Risk Reduction Program, led a house wide TeamSTEPPS fall reduction program and proactively increasing awareness of patient safety issues.

    Jan received her Masters of Business Administration, and graduated Summa Cum Luda, from Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management. She also has a Bachelors of Business Management from University of Phoenix and an Associates Degree in Nursing from Anne Arundel Community College. Please congratulate Jan on her new position.

    Tips for Preventing Concussions

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Preventing a concussion isn’t always possible, but there are many things you can do to reduce the risk of a head injury for yourself and your loved ones. Remember to seek immediate medical care in an ER if such an injury does occur. Here is a look at a few of the ways you can protect yourself and your family from concussions.

    Wear Seatbelts

    Car accidents are a major cause of concussions. You can’t control when or if you will be involved in a car accident, but wearing a seat belt every time you drive can reduce your risk of suffering a brain injury if a crash does happen. Keep your kids safe by making sure they are buckled into the appropriate child safety seat. Children should stay in car seats until they are about 40 pounds, and then transition to booster seats.  They should remain in the booster seat until the seat belt fits them securely without it.

    Use a Helmet

    Helmets should be worn any time you’re involved in an activity that could lead to a fall or a collision. This includes bike riding, skiing, skateboarding, horseback riding, and all contact sports. Make sure that your kids always wear helmets for these activities as well. It is especially crucial that kids involved in contact sports, like football, always wear helmets during practice and games.

    Remove Trip Hazards

    Concussions can be sustained during a fall. This is a big risk for senior citizens in particular. Make sure your home is free from trip hazards, like area rugs that don’t lay flat and cords that cross walkways. Clean clutter, especially around stairs.

    If you suspect you or a loved one has a concussion, seek help at MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services, from a bariatric surgery team to our Joint Commission certified stroke center. You can make an appointment with one of our experts and learn more about our hospital’s services by calling (702) 233-5474. 

    What Patients Can Do to Improve Their Hospital Care

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Did you know that you are one of the most important members of your healthcare team? Doctors and nurses depend on patients to be active participants in their own care to get the best treatment results possible. This video explains ways you can help boost the quality of your care while you’re in the hospital.

    Start by ensuring that every member of your care team washes his or her hands before they touch you. Report any changes in your symptoms to a doctor or nurse and follow all treatment plans exactly as your doctor recommends.

    Your medical team at MountainView Hospital welcomes your input into your treatment. You can talk to your doctors and nurses about how you can help them give you the best possible care. Call our Las Vegas hospital today at (702) 233-5474 to make an appointment with one of our providers. 

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