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24/7 Emergency

You have a full range of emergency care waiting for you at Desert Care Network, including:

  • Emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • The Desert Region’s designated trauma center, staffed by dedicated trauma surgeons
  • Personalized care by physicians and nurses with advanced training in emergency medicine
  • A well-equipped ER prepared for injuries, heart care, stroke care and other life-threatening situations

You can rely on Desert Care Network for full-service emergency care when you face life-threatening situations.

Our emergency department’s highly trained physicians and triage nurses will treat your illnesses ranging from broken bones to life-threatening injuries. Plus, once your emergency care is complete, we can connect you with a primary care physician or specialists to help manage your ongoing care.

Advanced heart and stroke care

Heart attacks and strokes are frequent causes for emergency room visits. To prepare for such events, our emergency team follows proper protocol to assure heart and stroke patients receive potentially lifesaving treatment as quickly as possible. Desert Regional Medical Center is an Accredited Chest Pain Center, a DVN-GL Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center, and is designated by Riverside County as a STEMI Receiving Center if you or a loved one needs advanced heart care.

Trauma care

Trauma and surgical critical care surgeons are available 24 hours a day for your life-threatening emergency care needs at the Richards Emergency Trauma Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, designated a Level II Trauma Center by California Emergency Medical Services. The center serves an area from Banning and Beaumont to the West, Imperial County to the South, the Arizona border to the East, and Twentynine Palms and the high desert to the North.

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Celebrate Safely: 12 Fireworks Safety Tips

When you think "fireworks and the 4th of July," think fireworks safety. While fireworks are beautiful to watch, they are dangerous to play with. If not handled properly, fireworks can cause severe injuries to eyes and skin. Even sparklers and firecrackers send thousands to the emergency room each year. Here are 12 fireworks safety tips:

  1. Use fireworks outdoors only.
  2. Obey local laws. If fireworks are not legal where you live, don’t use them.
  3. Only adults should be allowed to light fireworks of any type. Never allow young children to play with fireworks, and supervise older children with sparklers closely. Sparklers burn at about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, which is hot enough to melt some metals.
  4. Always have water handy (a hose or bucket). Douse used fireworks with plenty of water before discarding.
  5. Only use fireworks as intended. Don't try to alter them or combine them.
  6. Never relight a "dud" firework. Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water.
  7. Use common sense. Spectators should keep a safe distance from the shooter, and the shooter should wear safety glasses. Light fireworks one at a time, and then step back.
  8. Don’t ever place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device.
  9. Don’t point or throw fireworks at another person – no horsing around.
  10. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix. Have a "designated shooter."
  11. Do not ever use homemade fireworks or illegal explosives: They can kill you! Report illegal explosives to the fire or police department in your community.
  12. Don’t buy fireworks packaged in brown paper because this could be a sign that the fireworks are for professional displays and could be dangerous for consumers.

Fireworks Safety Facts

The numbers tell the story when it comes to the importance of fireworks safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC):

  • Approximately 7,600 of the 11,100 fireworks-related injuries in 2016 happened during the one-month period that includes the 4th of July.
  • Thirty-three percent of fireworks injuries were to the hands and fingers.
  • Sixty-nine percent of injuries were burns, which affect all parts of the body, except the eyes.
  • Forty-seven percent of firecracker injuries were associated with small firecrackers.
  • Thirty-nine percent of emergency department-treated injuries were for individuals under the age of 20.

The best way to prevent injuries from fireworks is to leave the show to the experts. Whatever you do, stay safe and have fun!