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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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Beware: Eight Valentine’s Day Emergencies

February 14 is that time of the year when you’ll see people being all-out romantic and appreciative of their loved ones. And while people want to celebrate this day with as much optimism as there is love in the air, unexpected emergencies can still happen. With that in mind, here’s a list of the most common Valentine’s Day emergencies along with some things you can do to prevent them.


1. Burns from romantic candle light set-ups
Candle light is lovely, unless it turns into a full-blown fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep flames away from anything that may catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.

2. Romantic attempts gone wrong
Sometimes, an attempt to spice up the night may also bring you to the ER. Let’s just say, “play it safe,” and leave it at that.

3. Food poisoning
If you’re preparing a special meal at home, remember to keep your hands and all surfaces clean. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.

4. Choking over dinner
One method of treating choking is the American Red Cross’ “five-and-five.” Hit the person’s back with the heel of your hand five times between the shoulder blades.

5. Fractures from wearing high heels
If you’re planning to wear high heels, watch out for slips or falls that may lead to a twisted ankle or a fracture.

6. Severe allergic reactions
Find out if your sweetheart has any allergies you need to know about. Allergies to food, fragrances, pollen and some metals in jewelry can ruin your good intentions.

7. Car accidents
Please don’t drink and drive.

8. Pet emergencies
In the spirit of avoiding emergencies, remember your pets, and keep them away from the Valentine’s chocolates, which can be toxic.

Takeaway

It’s good to anticipate Valentine’s Day with excitement and a gift on hand, but it’s also beneficial to be aware of the possible emergencies that may happen on this special day. This way, you can also prevent these Valentine’s Day emergencies or at least be prepared of what to do in case you experience any of them.

Finally, if these emergencies happen to you or to someone you know, whether it’s on Valentine’s Day or a regular day, please don’t hesitate to rush to the ER or call 911 immediately. Our ER is safe and ready to provide care 24/7. Your safe care is our #1 priority.

Sources:
National Candle Association
Centers for Disease Control
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Healthline
Pet Poison Helpline