• Burn Treatment: Hyperbaric Medicine

    Oxygen

    To function normally, the body needs a continuous and adequate supply of oxygen. When the skin and tissues sustain an injury—such as a severe thermal burn, the demand for oxygen increases dramatically to promote the recovery process. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy helps to increase the amount of oxygen that a person’s blood cells can carry, restoring the normal levels of oxygen in the blood and promoting healing of the burned tissue.

    Inside a hyperbaric oxygen tank, patients are exposed to higher levels of pure oxygen at increased atmospheric pressure. Under these conditions, the lungs are able to capture more oxygen than normal and circulate it to the tissue in need of repair.

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can provide many benefits to patients suffering from burn injuries. This advanced technology has been shown to:

    • Limit the progression of a burn injury
    • Reduce the swelling and inflammation of a burn injury
    • Reduce recovery times and hospital stay
    • Promote new capillary growth and healthy blood flow to new tissue
    • Promote the survival of skin grafts used for more severe burns
    • Inhibit infection by supporting the development of white blood cells
    • Reduce the need for surgical intervention in some cases

    By reducing swelling and promoting the fast healing of the burn injury, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can even reduce the appearance of scars. This can help to prevent the long-term physical and emotional scars that many burn patients can suffer as a result of their injury.

    At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center , we understand that a burn injury can be a frightening experience. For this reason, the skilled staff of the Grossman Burn Center is dedicated to providing the highest quality of care and making our patients as comfortable as possible during their stay with us. You can learn more about our specialized burn center by calling (818) 676-4000 today.

  • Victims of Distracted Driving

    Distracted driving has become an epidemic in the United States, killing thousands of men, women, and children every year and injuring many more. In this video, you can learn about the experience of one woman who suffered from the effects of distracted driving. On April 27, 2009, Alison Holden was rear-ended by a distracted driver and has suffered the consequences ever since.

    April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Become a part of the solution by putting your phone away while you are on the road and encouraging others to do the same. Become a part of the solution and end this deadly habit today. For more information about staying healthy, contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center at (818) 676-4000.

  • Cancer Care at West Hills Hospital & Medical Center

    Medical Scan

    At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, our goal is to provide the community of West Hills with the highest quality patient care possible. Our cancer care facility helps us to accomplish this goal by offering cancer patients accessible, sophisticated diagnostic and treatment options at a convenient location. Our main cancer care services include:

    • Cancer Physician Team
      Our cancer care physicians come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties, from surgical oncology to neurology and urology. This multi-disciplinary team provides each patient with a personalized treatment plan that is created through feedback and input from many different specialties.
       
    • Colorectal Cancer
      West Hills recommends that patients over the age of 50 or those with other risk factors for colorectal cancer be screened regularly according to their physician’s recommendation. Our cancer care center offers the men and women of our community various screening options for this disease, including colonoscopy and FOBT.
       
    • Diagnostic Imaging
      State-of-the-art diagnostic imaging is vital not only for the treatment of cancer, but also in its early detection. West Hills offers patients the full range of advanced imaging modalities, including MRI and CT scanning.
       
    • Lymphedema Management
      Lymphedema is a condition that is caused by the obstruction of the lymph vessels that leads to swelling in the affected area. The specialists leading the Lymphedema Program at West Hills work to help cancer patients better manage their condition through improved education and treatment techniques.
       
    • Women’s Diagnostic Center
      The Women’s Diagnostic Center at West Hills provides the women of the San Fernando Valley with the full range of imaging technology in one convenient location. The facility provides access to ultrasound, mammography, DEXA scanning, and much more.

    West Hills Hospital & Medical Center has invested millions of dollars into our Cancer Care center to make sure that our patients receive the highest quality of state-of-the-art treatment. If you are in need of an experienced and compassionate cancer specialist or have questions, call our 24-hour Consult-A-Nurse toll free referral line at (818) 676-4000.

  • 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.

  • Spotlight on Revolutionary Advances in Nose, Sinus, and Thyroid Surgery

    2012 WH ENT Seminar FLYER-Scaled

  • 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!!

    2012 WH Revlon Walk Ad FF[1]

  • Increase Your Awareness: Colon Cancer

    The colon and rectum compose the last two sections of the digestive tract.  When the cells that compose the lining of these structures begin to grow and proliferate out of control, this condition is known as colorectal cancer , or simply colon cancer. 

    In this video, a representative from the American Cancer Society demystifies the science of colon cancer and discusses the importance of regular screenings. Because it is the third most common cause of cancer deaths in the United States, it is vital that families discuss their risk and speak with their doctors about what they can do to prevent the disease.

    If you are unaware of your risk factors or would like to know more about the screening guidelines for colon cancer, contact West Hills Hospital & Medical Center by calling (818) 676-4000 today. 

  • Burn Prevention and Support Programs Offered by the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills

    Burn Prevention

    At West Hills Hospital & Medical Center, we understand that burn injuries can be a traumatic and frightening experience. That is why our Grossman Burn Center team is dedicated not only to the expert burn treatment, but also to burn prevention. As a part of the comprehensive services offered by our burn center , our healthcare team offers burn education programs to prevent burn injuries in all ages. A few of these programs are listed below.

    • Careful, That’s Hot! is a prevention program that, in partnership with the Children’s Burn Foundation, provides parents with more information about the main issues surrounding childhood burn injuries. The program also supplies many resources for the prevention of childhood burns.
    • Burn Prevention for Seniors is a program offered in partnership with the Circle of Care Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of burn survivors and their families. This program prioritizes the safety of older adults, reaching out to seniors and care professionals to improve awareness of common burn injuries.
    • Burn Education focusing on the Professional includes a variety of first aid and life support programs aimed at the medical professional.

    The Grossman Burn Center also provides the West Hills community with many burn survivor support programs, offering patients the opportunities to share their similar experiences with one another. Our Burn Survivor Support Group is an excellent meeting place for adults and children, families and loved ones to provide loving support for one another. Grossman’s School Reentry Program utilizes the Phoenix Society’s “Journey Back” format to help children who have suffered from burn injuries to comfortably return to the classroom.

    In addition to its world-wide reputation as a leader in the treatment of burn injuries, the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital is a nurturing, team-centered environment focused on the complete healing of body and mind. Contact our staff at (818) 676-4000 to find out more about the services and programs we offer.