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What Do Neonatal Nurses Do?

Neonatal nurses are the backbone of critical care for newborns. They play an essential role in the maternity hospital at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center and in the ER when infants need emergency care. In honor of Neonatal Nurses Day on September 15, take a moment to learn about the jobs of these crucial healthcare providers.

What Is Neonatal Nursing?

Neonatal nursing is a type of specialty field within nursing. These nurses have special training in treating newborn infants and babies up to one month of age, although some neonatal nurses provide care after that age window for conditions that occurred within the neonatal period. They have specialized training to deal with patients in this age group beyond their general nursing education.

What Types of Conditions Do Neonatal Nurses Treat?

Neonatal nurses assist doctors in providing care to infants who develop a range of serious health conditions, from birth injuries to low birth weight, birth defects, cardiac problems, and surgical complications. Often, they work in the maternity units of hospitals and begin assisting with care as soon as a newborn presents health problems. If an infant needs intensive care, neonatal nurses in the NICU—the neonatal intensive care unit—are involved in the care. In other cases, neonatal nurses may assist with caring for infants who come to the hospital for emergency care. Because many conditions that occur immediately after birth persist, some neonatal nurses may be involved with a baby’s care for longer than the strictly neonatal period.

The neonatal nurses are essential members of our team at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center. They provide compassionate care to newborns and their families during particularly stressful medical crises with the smallest possible patients. Our neonatal team is one of the reasons so many families choose our maternity hospital in Las Vegas when they are ready to welcome a new member into the world. You can find out more about our maternity services and request a referral to one of our family care specialists by calling (702) 880-2700.


Preventing Prostate Cancer

Although treatments for prostate cancer have improved dramatically and are very effective, especially when the disease is caught in early stages, prevention is still the goal. Although it is not possible to completely prevent all cases of prostate cancer, there are a number of things that men can do to reduce their risk. Cut your chances of developing prostate cancer with this advice.

Maintain a Healthy Weight

Obesity is associated with many different kinds of cancer, including prostate cancer. Managing your weight can help to make your chances of getting prostate cancer lower. If you are overweight, eat fewer calories and aim to get about 30 minutes of physical activity most days. These healthy lifestyle habits will help you lose weight and will make it easier to maintain your healthier weight and lower cancer risk that comes with it.

Stop Smoking

Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do for your health. Most people think of the effect smoking has on the heart and lungs but overlook the other health complications it can cause. Smoking increases the risk of prostate cancer, and smoking combined with heavy drinking can increase that risk even more. Quitting is difficult, but help is available. Talk to your doctor about strategies for giving up smoking, including support groups and medicines that help to control cravings.

Adjust Your Diet

There is evidence that keeping your intake of red meat and processed meats to a minimum is helpful in reducing your risk of prostate cancer. Eating more fish, especially fish that has omega-3 fatty acids, may also help to cut the chances of prostate cancer. Tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, and green tea are also smart additions to your diet if you are trying to protect yourself from prostate cancer.

At Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we are committed to helping you live your healthiest life possible, with comprehensive medical services ranging from emergency care and stroke care to maternity services and geriatric psych services in Las Vegas. To request a referral to one of our physicians, please call (702) 880-2700.


Sports Injuries: What Every Athlete Should Know

In addition to reaping the rewards of being active, something every athlete also has to be aware of is the risk of injury. Fortunately, there are things that all athletes, from weekend warriors to the pros, can do to stay safe while competing and prevent their games from ending in the need for emergency care. Make sure you don’t have to watch the action from the bench by following this advice.

Make Conditioning a Priority

One of the most dangerous things an athlete can do is enter a game without being in the proper condition. Between practices and competitions, make sure you maintain your physical fitness with additional workouts, including aerobic workouts and strength training. Without proper conditioning, you run the risk of becoming injured because of muscle stiffness and poor form caused by fatigue.

Wear Safety Gear as a Rule

Safety equipment can dramatically reduce the risk of sports injuries. Don’t enter the game without wearing the appropriate safety gear for your sport as well as any additional protective equipment you need, such as a back brace. It is also important to ensure that the safety equipment that you’re wearing fits you properly. Poorly fitted gear doesn’t offer any protection and could actually contribute to injuries. Don’t overlook the importance of mouth guards with your other safety equipment, as oral injuries can result in the need for emergency care.

Listen to Your Body

Sports injuries often start out small and are exacerbated when athletes try to play through the pain. Usually, the best way to get back into the game as fast as possible to leave it when you feel pain. Resting when you need to lets minor injuries heal without the need for invasive procedures and length recoveries, in many cases.

If a sports injury does strike, Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is here around the clock with emergency care in Las Vegas when you need it most. Get more information about our emergency care and the rest of the services in our hospital by calling (702) 880-2700.


Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is the method of choice for feeding infants because it offers incredible health benefits for both mother and baby. However, the decision to breastfeed or not is a highly personal one that each mother must make for herself. Although breastfeeding is a natural choice, it doesn’t always come naturally to new moms. Many new moms have trouble with latching on, finding the right position and dealing with nipple pain-all of which can make breastfeeding difficult. This is one reason why it’s important to choose to give birth at a maternity hospital that offers lactation support. Southern Hills Hospital provides new families in Las Vegas with exceptional maternity services, including lactation support.

Benefits for Babies

Breastmilk is a complete food source; it provides all of the nutrients your baby needs and it’s easy for your baby to digest. Breast milk also contains antibodies, enzymes, white blood cells, and immune factors that support your baby’s ability to fight off infections. Formula simply can’t offer your baby this protection. Breastfeeding your baby will not only protect him or her during the first months of life but for years afterward. Even after your baby is weaned, breast milk can help reduce his or her risk of lower respiratory tract infections, allergies, diabetes, and obesity.

Benefits for Moms

It’s important for women to take good care of themselves even as they take on the responsibilities of raising a family. This featured video explains how Southern Hills Hospital supports maternal health by offering a full spectrum of medical services for women, including lactation support. Breastfeeding offers unique health benefits for new moms. Not only can it help you lose the pregnancy weight in a safe, healthy manner; it might also reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Plus, it’s more convenient to breastfeed than to warm a bottle during the night when your hungry baby awakens.

Southern Hills Hospital is a renowned maternity hospital that offers state-of-the-art medical technology in our private and spacious childbirth suites. New moms have access to our lactation specialist and are encouraged to check out our childbirth and breastfeeding classes. You can reach a registered nurse at our maternity hospital in Las Vegas by calling (702) 880-2700.


Keep Your Kids Out of Hot Cars

It might seem obvious to experienced parents and caregivers that it’s dangerous to leave a child in a hot car, but dozens of hot car deaths still occur every year. In fact, many of these deaths occur not because the parents were ignorant of the dangers, but because the exhausted parents simply forgot that they had kids in the backseat. This summer, the emergency care team at Southern Hills Hospital strongly urges parents throughout Las Vegas to become proactive about preventing deadly heatstroke in their children.

Understanding the Risks

There is no “safe” amount of time to leave a child in a parked car. Children can suffer heatstroke very quickly and will die when their body temperature is elevated to 107 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the temperature inside a car can rise more than 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. When the temperature outside is just 60 degrees, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 110 degrees.

Keeping Your Child Safe

There is an increased risk of leaving a child in the backseat when parents change their schedules or are particularly exhausted. Ask the daycare provider or preschool teacher to call you if your child does not arrive at the usual time. Place important items like your purse, briefcase, or cell phone in the backseat with your child to reduce the possibility that you’ll leave without checking the backseat. Some parents also like to place a stuffed animal in the front seat whenever their child is in the backseat to serve as a visual reminder.

Keeping Other Children Safe

If you notice a child in a parked car without an adult nearby and the child appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately. Then, get the child out of the car and spray him or her with cool water. If a child is left alone in a car but does not appear to be in distress, wait no longer than a couple of minutes for the adult to return before calling 911. Always stay with the child until help arrives.

In the event that emergency care for heatstroke is required this summer, the team at Southern Hills Hospital is always standing by to initiate life-saving interventions. In addition to our emergency care, our community hospital in Las Vegas provides orthopedic surgery, geriatric psychiatry, and stroke care. Direct all medical emergencies to 911; non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services can be directed to (702) 880-2700.


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