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    Tips for Choosing the Right Primary Care Provider

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Many people do not think about their healthcare until symptoms or emergency situations arise, but having a primary care provider to offer a preventive approach to care can reduce the likelihood that you will face a more urgent medical situation down the road. When you regularly see a doctor for routine checkups, you can manage your health more proactively and gain a better understanding of how your daily habits affect your overall wellness. If you are new to the Las Vegas area or you are simply looking for a new practitioner for your primary care, follow these helpful tips from Southern Hills Hospital to find the right fit.

    Consider Your Healthcare Needs

    There are several types of physicians who may serve as primary care providers. Family practitioners care for patients of all ages, while pediatricians focus only on the care of children and internists generally only treat adult patients. Women may choose to seek primary care through an OBGYN, since these physicians are sensitive to the healthcare needs of women in both reproductive and general care. Thinking about what kind of physician you want to work with for your care can significantly narrow your search when you are seeking a new provider.

    Think of the Practice as a Whole

    When you have an appointment with your primary care physician, you may spend more time with the office staff and nurses than you spend with the doctor. Therefore, you will want to assess the practice as a whole unit rather than only considering the physician’s personality and qualifications. If you seek care in a practice where you feel comfortable, you are more likely to return for future appointments and openly discuss your healthcare needs, even in the face of more embarrassing conditions.

    Ask Plenty of Questions

    Strong communication with your doctor is important for the quality of your care, so you should not hesitate to ask plenty of questions during an interview or initial appointment. If the doctor is not able to answer all of your questions or tries to rush through the visit, you may want to explore other physicians to handle your primary care.

    To begin managing your healthcare more effectively, enroll in Southern Hills Hospital’s H2U program and call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line for physician referrals in the Las Vegas Valley. You can learn more about our state-of-the-art hospital facilities and community health services on our website or at (702) 880-2100. 

    How Many Lives Can One Organ Donor Save?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    April is National Donate Life Month, which may have you considering becoming an organ donor. As an organ donor, you can build a legacy for yourself and save the lives of others after you have passed away. This article will take a closer look at the life-saving potential of organ donation along with the high need for organ donors in the United States.

    Organ Donors May Save up to 8 Lives

    A single organ donor can save up to 8 lives while touching the lives of more than 50 people with non-life-saving donations such as corneal transplants that may dramatically improve a person’s vision. Organ donors also affect the lives of the families of patients in need, since these individuals are given a second chance at life with donor tissues.

    Organ Donor Status Does Not Affect a Person’s Medical Care or Funeral Arrangements

    There are many misconceptions about organ donation—including the myth that registered organ donors will not receive adequate care if they are hospitalized. A person’s donor status is only ever considered when the person has died, which means that choosing to be an organ donor will have no effect on your medical care. As an organ donor, you may still have an open casket funeral and follow the ethical code of your religious beliefs.

    123,000 Patients Are Waiting for Organ or Tissue Transplants

    While the number of organ donors in the United States is growing all the time, there are still thousands of patients waiting on lifesaving transplants. About 18 people will die each day waiting for an organ transplant.

    Almost Anyone Can Be an Organ Donor

    There are many lives at stake when it comes to organ donation, but the good news is that anyone can become a donor, no matter what their age or medical history is.

    If you are thinking of joining the thousands of Americans who have already chosen to donate life, call Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center to speak with one of our registered nurses about your decision. You can reach us through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line 24/7 at (702) 880-2100. 

    Tips for Recovering from Common Knee Injuries

    Last updated 22 days ago

    Since the knee is a weight-bearing joint and it has many complex components, it’s particularly susceptible to sustaining an orthopedic injury. The best way to facilitate your recovery from a knee injury is to carefully follow the advice of an orthopedic doctor. In some cases, this may involve working with a physical therapist and using other conservative treatment measures. For severe knee injuries; however, orthopedic surgery may be required.

    Strengthen Supporting Muscles

    One common type of knee injury, particularly among runners, is patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), or runner’s knee. This occurs when the cartilage underneath the kneecap becomes irritated. Adding some extra rest to your workout schedule can help you recover from PFPS. Additionally, consider working with a physical therapist to strengthen your glute and hip muscles. One exercise your physical therapist may recommend is lateral side steps with a resistance band placed just above your knees. With your feet separated, bend your knees to assume a crouched position. Stay in this position while walking sideways for about 10 steps, and then reverse directions.

    Modify Your Physical Activity

    Discuss your workout routine with your physical therapist. He or she may recommend modifying your activities. For example, if you’re a runner, you can shorten your stride and keep your knee slightly bent as your foot lands. This reduces stress on the knee joint.

    Consider Orthopedic Surgery

    Sometimes, physical therapy and activity modifications aren’t enough to recover from a knee injury. Consider talking to an orthopedic surgeon about whether you might be a good candidate for knee surgery. Often, orthopedic surgery can be accomplished with minimally invasive techniques, which facilitates a faster recovery.

    Surgical services at Southern Hills Hospital include advanced orthopedic surgery, such as knee replacement surgery. Our community hospital is also pleased to provide Las Vegas residents with superb emergency care, maternity services, and stroke care. If you would like a referral to an orthopedic surgeon or you wish to learn more about our range of services, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100.

    Screenings to Detect Colorectal Cancer Early On

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Colorectal cancer develops from abnormal cells located in the colon or the rectum. As these abnormal cells begin to divide in an uncontrollable manner, a tumor is formed. Although colorectal cancer is among the most prevalent types of cancer, there are screening tests available at community hospitals that can detect this disease early. During a screening test, a physician at the community hospital may even be able to prevent colorectal cancer by removing precancerous growths.

    Colonoscopy

    One of the standard tests available at hospitals for detecting colorectal cancer is the colonoscopy. This involves inserting a colonoscope into the rectum and through the colon. The tiny camera on the colonoscope allows the physician to examine the tissues carefully for polyps, which are abnormal growths that may be precancerous. If any polyps are detected, the physician can use the instrument to remove the growths. Generally, healthcare experts recommend that all individuals ages 50 and older who have an average risk of colorectal cancer undergo a colonoscopy every 10 years.

    Sigmoidoscopy

    A sigmoidoscopy is quite similar to a colonoscopy. However, this screening test only allows the physician to examine the rectum and sigmoid colon, or lower colon, for abnormalities. Like a colonoscopy, patients must undergo certain preparations before the screening to empty the colon. However, the preparation for a sigmoidoscopy isn’t as extensive.

    Fecal Occult Blood Tests

    Did you know that it’s possible to have trace amounts of blood in your stool that is undetectable to the naked eye? This is why your physician might recommend a fecal occult blood test. Since polyps and colorectal tumors can sometimes bleed, this test can be useful for evaluating health. For this test, you’ll use a special kit to collect a stool sample and return it to the community hospital for testing.

    At Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas, you’ll find a full range of diagnostic services, including screening tests for colorectal cancer. You can visit our website to further explore our healthcare services, including emergency care, stroke care, orthopedic surgery, and geriatric psychology services. Or, contact our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100 if you have general questions about your wellness.

    Increasing Patient Safety Awareness this March

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Each year, the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) designates one week in honor of promoting patient safety. In 2015, Patient Safety Awareness Week is being recognized during the second week of March. During this time, patients, their family members, healthcare providers, and medical institutions are being urged to become active participants and further the theme of “United in Safety.” This theme emphasizes the critical nature of the engagement of each individual patient in his or her own care.

    When patients, family advocates, healthcare providers, and others engage in an ongoing, open dialogue, patients can become better informed to make decisions for their wellness. Additionally, the safety of the healthcare providers may be better supported. To that end, participants in this safety awareness week may visit the website of the NPSF to search for upcoming online events, including webinars, and to download educational materials for display.

    At Southern Hills Hospital of Las Vegas, our entire staff is committed to providing quality care to each patient. Call (702) 880-2100 or visit our website to learn more about our hospital’s services, including emergency care and orthopedic care.

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