• 5 Common Sources of Burns

    Burn Prevention

    A burn is damage to the skin, and depending on the severity of the injury, possibly the underlying tissues. Burn injuries are categorized according to the depth and extent to which they cause damage. Burns can be caused by heat, flame, chemicals, sunlight, electricity, and even radiation. Read on to learn some of the most common ways that people get burned.

    • Clothing irons and curling irons
      Both of these irons are commonly left on low surfaces to cool (or heat up) and can therefore be very tempting for a young child to grab. Never leave irons or their cords in a place where a child could access them, as accidents with these items can cause serious burns.
    • Cigarettes
      The hottest portion of a cigarette can heat up to 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the injury is small, it can still cause damage and scarring to the skin.
    • Fireworks
      New Year’s Day and the Fourth of July are big days for fireworks. It is very common for burns of the first and second degree to result from the improper use of these festive lights.
    • Barbeque grills
      Barbeques can pose a major burn risk to both adults and children. Even when the open flame is not hot enough to cook on, it can still burn.
    • Fireplaces
      One should always be careful while lighting, maintaining, or putting out a gas or wood fire. The glass and metal doors that guard a fireplace can also get very hot and cause a burn long after the fire has been extinguished.

    Suffering a burn injury can be a very frightening event. Trust the skilled medical staff of the world-renowned Grossman Burn Center to provide the highest quality care possible. Our comprehensive burn treatment ranges from acute care and reconstruction to rehabilitation and psychological counseling. You can learn more about our burn centers by contacting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

  • Cardiac Rehabilitation following a Heart Attack

    Heart Health

    Experiencing a heart attack can be the most frightening event in a person’s life. Lowering the risk of future cardiac problems and receiving guidance in life choices can go a long way in giving a heart attack survivor peace of mind. Cardiac rehabilitation , commonly called cardiac rehab, is a professionally supervised program dedicated to exactly that; aid in the healthy recovery of these cardiac patients through education and increased cardiovascular function.

    It is a medically supervised inpatient and outpatient program designed to help each patient make the necessary changes to improve their cardiac and overall health through:

    • Increasing exercise tolerance, and therefore, also increasing overall cardiovascular function
    • Decreasing the anxiety associated with heart disease to enhance self-confidence
    • Educating each patient to make the lifestyle changes necessary to control the factors increasing their risk for heart disease, which include high cholesterol, obesity, stress, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle
    • Helping each patient to regain the confidence they need to perform their everyday tasks.
    • Having each patient evaluated by all relevant disciplines
    • Designing a specific program of exercise, activities, stress management, and group activities for each individual patient
    • Providing each patient with the community resources available to them, such as support groups, exercise groups, and American Heart Association activities
    • Following up with the patient to ensure a successful outcome

    Cardiac rehab is divided into three phases. Phase I is the acute hospital phase in which the patient is educated by a team from multiple disciplines and is closely monitored by licensed staff. Phase II is an outpatient monitored exercise program that is supervised by ACLS-trained staff. Phase III is supervised but unmonitored and serves as a gym and support group for recovered cardiac patients.

    At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center , we offer a cardiac rehabilitation program to those who suffer from heart attack and other cardiovascular issues. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of this program, contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 or visit our website.

  • Sleeping with Arthritis

    Arthritis is a joint disorder in which a person experiences pain and inflammation in one or more of their joints, or the places where two bones articulate. The symptoms are usually due to the breakdown of the cartilage that protects the joint and allows it to move smoothly. Without this protective barrier, the joints grind together, resulting in pain and stiffness.

    In this video, you can learn some helpful tips for living with arthritis . The hosts specifically deal with how to be comfortable and sleep at night despite the pain associated with this condition.

    If you are suffering from pain and inflammation resulting from arthritis, consider visiting West Hills Hospital & Medical Center . We are proud to be our community’s resource for better health, including our Arthritis Program .  Contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 today.

  • 4 Facts about Herniated Discs


    Discs are small, circular cushions of soft tissue that are situated between the bones (vertebrae) of the spine. These cushions are compressible and act as shock absorbers for the vertebrae. When discs bulge from their proper places between the bones, this condition is described as a herniated disc. Depending on which disc is herniated and how much it bulges out, the amount of pain associated with this condition can vary. Herniated discs can also lead to tingling or numbness in the legs, feet, and arms, among other undesirable symptoms. Read on to learn four more facts about herniated discs.

    1. Herniated discs result from a weakness in the disc. When a disc loses water content, it becomes flatter and therefore provides less cushioning to the spine. The softer inside part of the disc will then push through the weaker outer portion. This causes pain by leaking inflammatory chemicals or compressing a nerve root of the spinal cord.
    2. Some people are at a higher risk for developing a herniated disc. Those in their thirties and forties have shown to have a higher incidence of this condition. Suffering any trauma from a fall or accident also increases your risk. Certain jobs that require heavy lifting on a regular basis or any acute strain on the back may lead to a higher risk.
    3. Herniated discs can be treated in a variety of ways. Your physician may decide to treat your condition with physical therapy, medications, interventional spine care (steroid injections or minimally invasive surgery), or with an open surgical procedure such as spinal fusion . The course of treatment depends on the severity and location of the herniation.
    4. It is possible to prevent this condition. Practicing good posture, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and avoiding high-heeled shoes are all ways to help prevent the pain and inflammation that comes with a herniated disc.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has the capability and expertise to provide our community with the spine treatment and surgery that their needs require. If you would like to learn more about our services, please contact our friendly staff at (818) 676-4000.

  • Learn More About Our Recent Blog Topics!

    Health Resources

    Learning about your own biology is the first step to living a healthier life. If you would like to learn more about pain management, childbirth, or any other of our recent blog topics, read through the links below. If you have any remaining questions, give West Hills Hospital & Medical Center a call at (818) 676-4000.

    • Learn more about the basics of cancer from the American Cancer Society .
    • This page from the National Cancer Institute website describes the care and treatment of childhood cancers .
    • The American Burn Association provides some great educational resources regarding burn prevention at this site.
    • Learn more about preventing burns in children at West Hills Hospital & Medical Clinic’s health information page.
    • This page at the American Diabetes Association provides the basic information about each type of diabetes.
    • Read more about labor and childbirth from this article found on the American Pregnancy Association.
    • You can also find out more information on pregnancy and women’s health from the WomensHealth.gov website.
    • This article from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke gives an introduction to pain and pain management.
    • If you are curious about the causes of sciatica , read this article written by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

  • Children’s Burn Prevention Tips

    Burn Prevention

    A large number of burn injuries are reported each year, many of which occurred inside the home. An injury from a burn due to heat, chemicals, or electricity can cause much pain and damage to the superficial tissue of the body and can sometimes leave permanent scarring. While adults know better than to touch things that may burn them, children tend to learn by touching and interacting with things that may be dangerous. Read on to learn more about how to prevent burns in children :

    While Cooking:

    • Always be sure that pot handles are turned to the center of the stove
    • Use the back burners whenever possible
    • Always test the temperature of food heated in the microwave before giving it to a child; microwaves tend to cook some types of food unevenly, leaving parts of the meal too hot, while others are still cold
    • Always remember that stoves, toasters, and other kitchen appliances remain quite hot for a while after using them

    While Eating or Drinking:

    • Never drink hot liquids while handling a child, as the liquid could spill and scald the baby
    • It is unwise to use tablecloths when children are learning to walk; they may try to use it to stabilize themselves or pull themselves up, pulling down hot liquids or heavy objects that may harm them in the process

    While Bathing:

    • Always test the temperature of a child’s bath water to make sure it is not too hot—using a baby bath thermometer is also advisable
    • Lower the temperature of your hot water heater to the low-medium setting or 120°F

    General Fire Prevention Tips:

    • Keep lighters and matches away from children
    • Never leave lit candles unattended, as they are easy for pets and children to knock over
    • Consider installing a fire extinguisher in your house in preparation of small fires
    • Make sure your smoke detectors all function properly
    • Create a fire escape plan and practice it with your children

    The world-renowned Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center is staffed with skilled and highly-trained professionals that are readily available to assist you in the event of a burn injury. Contact us today at (818) 676-4000 for more information.

  • West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has lowered the BMI limit for the Lap-Band!

    The FDA has approved use of the Lap Band in patients whose BMIs are 30-34 with at least one-high risk obesity-related condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure.  Find out if you are a candidate for this weight loss surgery by calling 818/676-4141 today!


  • Prostate Cancer: Informed Decision Making

    Prostate cancer is not only one disease—there are many different kinds of the disease. Depending on the type of cancer that a patient has, they have a few decisions to make on the course of treatment they wish to take.

    In this video clip, you can learn about making informed decisions in the effort to prevent prostate cancer. The American Cancer Society recommends that each man learns as much as they can about their testing and treatment options.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center’s Cancer Care Center offers sophisticated care and guidance to offer the best treatment plan possible for each patient. Learn more about our cancer care services by contacting us at (818) 676-4000.

  • Happy New Year!