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    Quick Tips for Better Nutrition

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Improving your food choices is an excellent step toward supporting your overall health and reducing your risk of chronic diseases. One way to learn more about nutrition is to visit your local hospital and consult a dietitian. You could also use some simple tricks to get more vegetables in your diet. For example, choose low-sodium, vegetable-rich soups like butternut squash soup or garden vegetable soup. If your schedule has you on the run frequently, chop up veggies on the weekend and package them in small containers. You could grab a container of carrot sticks, bell pepper slices, or broccoli florets while you’re on your way to watch your kids’ sports games, for example.

    Another way to improve your nutrition is to make smart beverage choices. Many people would be surprised to learn how many empty calories and how much sugar they consume from soft drinks, energy drinks, and fancy coffees. Water is always an excellent beverage choice; however, nonfat or low-fat milk is also healthy and provides needed nutrients. Or, you might choose a low-sodium vegetable juice for a satisfying snack.

    The HCA Far West Division is a network of community hospitals with dedicated professionals who can help you learn to make wise food choices to support your health. If you would like to speak with a registered nurse at our hospital network, call (855) 422-9378.

    What's Involved in Preserving Your Kidney Health?

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Your kidneys play a critical role in the overall function of your body. They are responsible for filtering all of the blood in your body. During this process, the kidneys remove waste products, regulate electrolyte balance, and manage fluid balance. This filtering process produces urine for elimination from the body. There are a number of medical conditions that can affect your kidneys, including kidney stones, chronic kidney disease, and acute renal failure. If you’ve been diagnosed with a kidney condition, a physician at your local hospital can help you learn how to manage it. You may also be referred to a urologist at the community hospital for medical management.

    Discuss Your Medications

    To reduce your risk of suffering from chronic kidney disease, consider talking to your doctor about your medications during your next visit to the local hospital. Over-the-counter drugs may not be as harmless as you might think. With prolonged use, drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen can contribute to chronic kidney disease.

    Manage Medical Conditions

    The most common cause of chronic kidney disease is diabetes. If you’re diabetic, you can preserve your kidney health by carefully managing your blood glucose levels and taking medications as prescribed. Additionally, it’s important to maintain ideal cholesterol and blood pressure levels for better kidney health.

    Choose Foods and Beverages Wisely

    Everyone can benefit from reducing their salt intake. However, if you already have chronic kidney disease, be aware that excessive sodium and protein can make your condition worse. If you’ve previously had kidney stones, you’re at a higher risk of developing them in the future. Depending on the type of kidney stones you had, you may be asked to reduce your intake of calcium and animal protein, in addition to sodium.

    For all of your healthcare questions and concerns, you can rely on the community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division. The healthcare providers at our hospitals throughout Nevada and California provide screening tests, risk factor assessments, and comprehensive treatment plans. To locate a hospital or urgent care center near you, visit us online or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378.

    Celebrating Patient Safety Awareness Week

    Last updated 23 days ago

    The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) designates one week per year as Patient Safety Awareness Week. This year, it falls on the second week of March. During this week, hospitals around the world utilize NPSF educational resources and patient safety awareness materials to promote healthcare safety for all. This year, hospitals will be embracing the theme of “United in Safety,” which was chosen to reflect the critical nature of collaboration for patient safety. Everyone, from healthcare practitioners and administrators to patients and their family advocates, are responsible for promoting safety within the hospital setting.

    There are many ways that hospital administrative staff, healthcare providers, patients, and their families can become better informed participants in healthcare. The NPSF is offering an educational webinar series on patient engagement, for example. Their many other resources include the Patient Safety Awareness Week Implementation Checklist and the Ask Me 3 health literacy program.

    All of the top hospitals within the HCA Far West Division are dedicated to maintaining the utmost standards of patient safety. If you have any questions about our hospitals’ commitment to healthcare excellence, please call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (855) 422-9378.

    Preventing Colorectal Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Specific types of cancer are classified according to the area from which they originate. Colorectal cancer refers to cancer that begins in the colon or the rectum. Since potentially precancerous changes can be detected in the colon well before cancer develops, healthcare professionals urge individuals to visit a community hospital for screenings. In the event that the screening identifies cancerous cells, the patient can begin treatment at the hospital as quickly as possible.

    Undergo Colorectal Cancer Screening

    Consider talking to a doctor at your local hospital about whether you should begin screening for colorectal cancer. Most of the time, colorectal cancer begins with the formation of polyps, which are growths in the lining of the rectum or colon. Some of these polyps, known as adenomas, can become cancerous. During a colorectal screening at your local hospital, your physician can remove any polyps that are detected before they have the chance to become cancerous.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Another way to reduce your risk of developing colorectal cancer is to maintain a healthy weight. Obesity has been linked to an increased risk of this type of cancer. It may also decrease survival rates. If you’re concerned about your weight, you might consider talking to your physician about safe and healthy ways to lose excess pounds.

    Avoid Smoking and Excessive Alcohol Consumption

    If you smoke, consider exploring smoking cessation resources at your community hospital. Smoking is associated with a higher risk of colorectal cancer and decreased survival rates from this disease. Additionally, smokers who have had adenomas removed are at a higher risk of future adenoma formation. Likewise, consuming three or more alcoholic beverages each day can increase the risk of colorectal cancer and adenoma formation.

    Four of the community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division have been honored with the designation of Comprehensive Community Cancer Centers from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. If you would like to find a hospital in California or Nevada that specializes in cancer care, you can reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (855) 422-9378. All of our HCA hospitals maintain strict standards of patient care and safety.

    Researching Human Behaviors and Cancer Prevention

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Behavioral researchers at top hospitals and other institutions across the country have been exploring the psychological and biobehavioral factors that influence health, specifically those that influence the development of cancer. For example, they examine what may motivate a person to wear sunscreen, get screened for cancer, and quit cigarettes—or, on the other hand, to not do those things. Behavioral research plays an important role in overall public health.

    You can hear more about behavioral research programs in hospitals by watching this video. You’ll hear several behavioral researchers discuss how people can manage diseases and reduce their risk of cancer within the contexts of familial and environmental influences.

    The community hospitals within the HCA Far West Division offer cancer prevention resources, including health screenings and patient education. To locate a nearby hospital, residents of California and Nevada can call (855) 422-9378.

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