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    The Sunrise Health System of Hospitals Awarded Re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers from the Joint Commission

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Distinction recognizes hospitals for offering the best possible treatment for stroke patients

    Las Vegas (April 4, 2014) — After undergoing on-site evaluations and demonstrating compliance with nationally developed standards for stroke care, the Sunrise Health System of Hospitals – Sunrise Hospital, MountainView Hospital and Southern Hills Hospital – have earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for re-certification as Primary Stroke Centers. Sunrise Health was the first system of Certified Primary Stroke Centers in Las Vegas.

    In order to receive re-certification, the Sunrise Health System hospitals were evaluated by The Joint Commission — the leading healthcare accreditation and certification organization in the United States — using standards for stroke from the recommendations published by the Brain Attack Coalition and American Stroke Association. This includes an assessment of compliance with consensus-based national standards, effective use of primary stroke center recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to manage and optimize care and performance measurement and improvement activities.

    “We are proud to achieve this distinction again from the Joint Commission,” said Todd P. Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center. “Along with our Accredited Chest Pain Centers, both our heart and stroke care programs at all three hospitals provide optimal care for patients needing emergent care.”

    The Certified Stroke Centers at each Sunrise Health Hospital offer diagnosis, treatment, education and outreach. A trained Stroke Team of doctors and nurses works to identify stroke symptoms as quickly as possible, beginning with emergency medical service workers in the field. By the time a patient arrives at the hospital, the Stroke Team is ready. The hospitals of Sunrise Health were first certified as primary stroke centers in 2009.

    According to the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability.  On average, someone suffers a stroke every 45 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every three minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

    About Sunrise Health:

    Sunrise Health is the most technologically advanced hospital network in the Southwest.  Committed to providing the finest healthcare, Sunrise Health includes Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, MountainView Hospital, Southern Hills Hospital and Sunrise Children’s Hospital, as well as outpatient diagnostic imaging and surgical centers.  Specialty services include advanced cardiovascular services, comprehensive neurological services, a designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute, The Breast Center at Sunrise, the state’s most comprehensive Children’s Hospital and women’s healthcare services and Las Vegas’ first network of Certified Primary Stroke Centers and Accredited Chest Pain Centers.

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    Need a Physician, Nurse Advice or Health Information? Call our free 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

    What Your Child Needs to Know About Surgery

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Preparing your child for surgery can help to ensure a comfortable experience for your entire family. This video offers some tips on how to familiarize your child with common surgical procedures.

    Your child may not be allowed foods for several hours before their surgery, so giving them a nutritious snack prior to the fasting period can help to satisfy their hunger. Upon arriving at the hospital, your child will need to go through the check-in process. Telling them ahead of time that they will be changing into a hospital gown and getting a special sleeping medication can calm their nervousness. They might also find it exciting to learn that the can get a special treat after waking from their surgery.

    Do you have questions about your child’s upcoming surgery? Call Sunrise Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 233-5437 to speak with a nurse at our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.

    Tips for Preventing Concussions in Your Young Athlete

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Sports can be a healthy part of your child’s life. Whether they prefer a solo activity or team endeavor, your child can gain considerable physical, mental, and social advantages from his participation in sports. Despite their substantial benefits, though, sports can present the possibility of injury as well. Concussions in particular can occur in a wide range of activities, including football, soccer, and hockey. Sunrise Children’s Hospital offers some suggestions for keeping your child safe while he or she is on the court, field, or rink.

    Mandate the Use of Safety Gear

    Many athletic activities require the use of safety helmets to prevent concussions. Yet some children may hesitate to put on their safety gear, as they assume that using it will make them appear weak. Teaching your child that safety equipment is a requisite part of playing sports is fundamental to their well-being. Whether they are playing in a competition or practicing with friends, make sure that they wear their safety helmet at all times. 

    Require Proper Training Techniques

    It takes time to become proficient in a given sport. Though your child may be eager to perform at their highest level, trying to do too much too soon can result in a dangerous concussion. To protect your child from this type of head trauma, encourage them to take their instruction slowly and to follow the recommended training practices for safely increasing their strength, endurance, and skill.

    Discuss Safety Measures with Coaches

    The job of a coach is not only to teach their athletes how to compete well, but also to protect them from unnecessary injuries. Before your child begins to train in their sport, discuss your concussion concerns with their coach. Inquire as to the measures that their school or organization has in place to avoid head trauma. When you establish open communication with your child’s coach, you can better ensure that your child has multiple individuals watching over their wellbeing.

    If you suspect that your child has suffered a concussion, contact Sunrise Children’s Hospital at (702) 233-5437 to speak with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. No matter how minor the concussion, any type of brain trauma requires immediate medical attention. Our Las Vegas emergency care department can see to it that your child receives the rapid professional care they deserve. 

    Keeping Your Child Heart Healthy [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 10 months ago

    If you think heart disease is just for adults, think again. Very grown-up cardiovascular problems, such as clogged arteries, are occurring more and more in children. The biggest reason for this spike in heart disease in kids is obesity, which is causing young kids to live with heart disease risk factors like high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The good news is that there are plenty of things parents can do to curb their kids’ heart disease risk now and in the future. Find out the real risk of heart disease in kids and what you can do about it in this infographic from Las Vegas’ Sunrise Children’s Hospital. Help us beat heart disease in kids by sharing this information with your fellow parents. 

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    What Is AirStrip Cardiology?

    Last updated 10 months ago

    The results of an electrocardiograph can tell a physician if his patient has a heart condition and determine the course of action taken to address it. Being able to correctly read electrocardiograph data then becomes imperative to both the diagnosis and treatment. AirStrip Cardiology offers doctors immediate and accurate access to electrocardiograph results with state-of-the-art software assistance. This software enables other healthcare practitioners to send electrocardiograph data to physicians at any time and at any location, as information can be read with either a computer or phone. It also lets those using it to examine results with special focus abilities. Both patients and doctors can benefit from these innovative features of AirStrip Cardiology.

    Sunrise Children’s Hospital uses the most advanced practices for the health and well-being of your family. If you require medical care, call us today at (702) 233-5437. Our Southern Nevada children’s hospital offers a wide range of services, including NICU and emergency care treatment, for our pediatric patients.

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