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West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is your community resource for better health. We have the capability and expertise to perform emergency open heart procedures, perform brain and spine surgery.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects a child’s social, behavioral, and communicative abilities. As a spectrum disorder, it can affect children in different ways and to varying degrees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every 88 children is currently diagnosed with autism, indicating a much higher prevalence than in previous years. Although there is no known cure for the disorder, increased awareness, funding, and support can help families affected today.

April is Autism Awareness Month. Increase your awareness and learn more about this disorder by visiting the Autism Society website or contacting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

Uses of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbariac Chamber

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy, or HBOT, is a treatment in which patients breathe 100% oxygen under increased atmospheric pressure. When a person is subjected to 100% oxygen, the hemoglobin (oxygen-carrying molecules) of the red blood cells becomes saturated, delivering higher amounts of oxygen to the tissues and producing many other beneficial physiologic effects that promote the healing process. The physiologic mechanisms that are stimulated by HBOT have shown to be beneficial in the treatment of many different medical conditions, including:

  • Carbon monoxide poisoning and carbon monoxide poisoning complicated by cyanide poisoning
  • Crush injuries, compartment syndrome, and other acute traumatic ischemias.
  • Severe blood loss anemia
  • Air or gas embolism
  • Intracranial abscess
  • Osteomyelitis (refractory)
  • Thermal burns
  • Problem wounds that are slow to heal on their own
  • Delayed injury from radiation (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
  • Necrotizing soft tissue infections, a rare type of bacterial infection that can destroy the skin, muscles, and other underlying tissues
  • Clostridial myonecrosis, also called gas gangrene
  • Compromised skin grafts and flaps

While patients undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy, they are constantly monitored. The walls of the chamber are made of Plexiglas, allowing the medical personnel to communicate with and monitor each patient quite easily. This feature also makes it possible for patients to watch television or videos while they undergo treatment. Therapy is typically performed on an outpatient basis and lasts from one to two hours. Inside the chamber, pressure can reach up to three times normal atmospheric pressure.

The hyperbaric technicians at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center are licensed by the state of California as Respiratory Care Practitioners and specialize in hyperbaric medicine. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of hyperbaric oxygen therapy or how it may help you, contact the friendly staff of West Hills Hospital at (818) 676-4000.

Health Info Resources

Healthy Life

Did our recent articles about stroke, minimally invasive surgery, or our other health topics pique your interest? You can learn more about any of these subjects by looking through the resources below. If you have any remaining questions, please contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center by calling (818) 676-4000.

  • Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. This article from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke provides more information about the causes, symptoms, and consequences of stroke.
  • You can also read some of the statistics and facts associated with stroke on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.
  • The National Stroke Association has created a simple and easy way to remember and recognize the symptoms of stroke. You can learn more about this helpful method by visiting their website, Stroke.org.
  • Do you have questions about the basics of minimally invasive surgical procedures? This overview from KidsHealth.org presents some helpful information about how these surgeries are normally performed.
  • There are three burn degrees that are assigned based on the severity of the injury. More information on the three levels of burns and their causes can be found on the MedlinePlus online medical reference.
  • For burns that are not life threatening, being aware of basic first aid procedures can help to promote proper healing and avoid infection. You can find out more about the basics of burn first aid on the American Academy of Family Physicians website.
  • Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. This PubMed Health medical reference provides more information about the causes, incidence, and risk factors for this type of cancer.
  • The National Cancer Institute website contains a digital booklet explaining the basics of colorectal cancer, including the recommended screening and how the disease is staged.
  • Fortunately, colon cancer can easily be detected and prevented through basic screening exams. In this article, the American Cancer Society emphasizes the importance of early detection in the treatment of colorectal cancer.
  • Are you looking for additional resources to help you eat a healthier diet? The United States Department of Agriculture outlines the recommended dietary guidelines in this helpful article.

The Revlon Run Walk

Join the West Hills Hospital team at the Revlon run Walk in the fight against Cancer May 12, 2012.  Visit our team webpage to find out how:  www.revlonrunwalk.com or contact Melissa Major, Oncology Patient Navigator, melissa.major@hcahealthcare.com.  DEADLINE to receive team t-shirts is April 20.  SIGN UP NOW!!

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