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    Keeping Toys from Causing Serious Injuries in Children

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The holidays usually mean one thing to children: toys. The introduction of new toys can be very exciting for kids, but it can bring about unanticipated injuries as well. MountainView Hospital urges all parents in the greater Las Vegas area to be mindful of the following suggestions during this holiday season. By supervising the purchase and usage of children’s toys, the holidays can be a safe and happy experience for kids of all ages.

    Purchase Age-Appropriate Toys
    As interesting as a toy may appear, if a child is too young for it, it can turn into a dangerous object. That is why many toy packages come with age regulations. Children under the recommended age limit may lack the motor skills or cognitive development to understand and safely use a given toy. Even if a child seems advanced for their age, it’s better to purchase a toy that has safety expert approval for their age range.

    Prevent Playing with Toy Packaging
    Upon opening their toys, some children may be more enthralled with the packaging in which the toy came. However, packaging elements such as plastic bags and foam reinforcement can have life-threatening complications for young children. Foam packaging can easily crumble, which may prompt small children to put pieces in their mouths. Plastic bags can quickly cut off a child’s air supply and induce suffocation.

    Dispose of Broken Toys
    A broken toy may leave a child upset, but it can also leave him injured if they continue to play with it. Damaged toys should be thrown out if they cannot be properly fixed. Should a wooden toy crack, its splintered parts can lead to a laceration or puncture wound. If a plastic toy breaks, its pieces can be ingested and cause internal harm. To protect children at the holidays and all year long, remove broken toys from the home as soon as possible.

    In the event that your child suffers an injury, MountainView Hospital can help. Our Emergency Department offers quick and capable care to Las Vegas patients of all ages. To contact us, call (702) 233-5474. You can also access our iTriage Symptom Checker to provide up-to-the-minute information on your emergency needs and hospital arrival.

    Are You Suffering From Atrial Fibrillation?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Did you know that 2.2 million people in the United States suffer from atrial fibrillation, or A-Fib?  A-Fib, also known as an irregular heartbeat, is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, or a heart rhythm disorder, and has been shown to potentially lead to a stroke or heart failure.  This is why it’s very important to speak to your cardiologist about A-Fib and your treatment options.

    One treatment option that MountainView Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Center offers catheter cyroablation.  Cryoablation involves freezing targeted portions of heart tissue to correct irregular heartbeats.

    MountainView Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center, which means we have demonstrated our expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and completing on-site evaluations.  So, be sure to contact your cardiologist about cyroablation at MountainView Hospital, or call us at (702) 233-5474, and remember, at MountainView Hospital, your heart is in good hands.

    How to Prevent Holiday-Related Injuries

    Last updated 10 months ago

    One surprise you do not want during the holidays is an injury that puts you in the hospital. That’s why MountainView Hospital wants to stress the importance of looking after your orthopedic health during this holiday season. Incidents both at home and on the road can cause significant injury to your muscles, bones, and joints. Keeping in mind these tips can help you prevent unexpected accidents.

    Make Holiday Decorating a Group Effort
    Many people decorate their homes and offices during the holidays. With the introduction of holiday décor, though, comes more opportunities to get hurt. Trying to hang decorations from a doorway, ceiling, or rooftop presents the chance of fall-related accidents. Attempting to carry heavy or bulky holiday decorations can create a dangerous situation for back-related injuries. If you want to put up holiday décor, always have a friend, family member, or coworker help you.

    Watch Where You Step
    Decorations may not always stay where you put them. A stray ornament can provide the catalyst for a serious slip and fall accident. A fallen string of lights or garland can create a hazardous tripping scenario. During the holidays, make a point to check all walkways to remove items. If you plan to open gifts during the holiday season, make sure to rid your office reception area, living room, and other commonly walked spaces of all wrapping paper and presents to prevent accidents.

    Travel Light When Visiting Loved Ones
    Millions of people take to the road and sky during the holidays to visit with friends and family. Should you have plans to travel over the holiday season, make sure that your luggage does not cause you or your family injury. If you are bringing gifts to loved ones, mail them ahead of time to avoid having to carry them at the airport. When packing your clothing and other items, keep it to essentials. Especially when traveling to a cold climate, sweaters, boots, and other winter attire can quickly add weight to your suitcase. Pare down your wardrobe to lighten your load.

    The holidays are a time to relax and celebrate with friends and family.  We at MountainView Hospital wish you and yours a happy holiday season, and while we hope that everyone remains safe and healthy, we understand that accidents sometimes happen.  This is why our doors are always open for you and your family, just in case you need us.  For more information, call our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Service at (702) 233-5474).

    Guidelines for Proper Medication Use

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Medications to help your health can actually do harm if handled improperly. This video discusses the steps to take to ensure correct medication usage.

    Each time you go to a doctor, bring every medication you take. This includes prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs, and even vitamin and herbal supplements. By informing your physicians of your current usage, they can help you avoid duplicating your prescriptions. Transparency among your doctors can also prevent the mixing of drugs that could have potentially dangerous side effects. When given a new prescription, inquire as to its benefits. By knowing how a medication should help you, you can better note unusual complications from it.

    MountainView Hospital offers personalized healthcare options for residents in the greater Las Vegas area. Call us today at (702) 233-5474 for more information about our hospital and our urgent care services. 

    Keeping Your Heart Healthy Through the Holidays

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The holiday season can be a dubious time for your health. The plethora of holiday dishes and desserts combined with a calendar of social obligations can leave you eating more and exercising less than normal. Both activities can put added stress on your heart. MountainView Hospital aims to help Las Vegas residents keep on task with their heart health objectives. 

    Prepare for Holiday Party Temptations
    Tables full of delectable appetizers and desserts are a common sight at holiday parties. If you arrive just in time for dinner, though, those platters of savory and sweet treats may prove too irresistible to ignore. To avoid binging on foods high in fat and cholesterol, never go to a holiday party without a dining plan. That may mean sampling only the veggie tray when you grab a plate. It might also mean keeping a healthy snack in your briefcase, purse, or car console that you can eat prior to your arrival.

    Don’t Put Your Exercise Plans on Holiday
    Deciding to stop your workout regimen for even a month or two can have serious consequences on your heart health. Consistent exercise strengthens your cardiovascular system and eliminates the presence of plaque in the arteries. In the absence of a physical fitness routine, those benefits can disappear. Given the greater likelihood of eating high-calorie and high-fat foods during the holidays, abstaining from exercise at this time of year can have even more substantial side effects on your heart’s wellbeing.

    Cook Your Own Holiday Meals
    A busy holiday schedule can make finding time to cook and bake your own dishes difficult. When you buy pre-made meals from restaurants, fast food chains, or even the grocery store, though, you have little information about what ingredients went into those foods. To please the palates of their customers, many of these outlets season their dishes with high amounts of butter, oil, salt, and sugar. To cut down on your consumption of these foods, make a commitment to make your own holiday dishes.

    MountainView Hospital provides comprehensive healthcare services for the greater Las Vegas community. For more information about our services, call us at (702) 233-5474. We will be offering numerous Heart Nutrition Classes in 2014, so be sure to check our calendar for those details.  You can also subscribe to our H2U, or Health to You, program for more tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle.

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