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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 at all three of our hospital locations – in Palm Springs, Indio and Joshua Tree.
  • The Desert region’s highest level trauma center – a Level 1 – located at Desert Regional Medical Center
  • The first Level IV Trauma Center to serve the eastern Coachella Valley, at JFK Memorial Hospital
  • The first Level IV Trauma Center in San Bernardino County, at Hi-Desert Medical Center
  • 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, a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. JFK Memorial is a Primary Stroke Center and Hi-Desert Medical Center is an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital, both certified by The Joint Commission.

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, at JFK Memorial Hospital, and Hi-Desert Medical Center. Our Trauma Centers are designated to serve 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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Life Hacks to Prevent Five Common Types of Injuries

Injuries can happen to anyone, whether you’re cooking dinner, running down the stairs, walking in high heels or exercising in the gym. While some preventative measures are intuitive, it can’t hurt to brush up on a few reminders that can avoid unwanted downtime. Take note of a few tips for the most common types of injuries.

Bone and Joint Injuries

1. Practice exercises that can help improve your balance, such as standing on one leg.
2. Stretch to warm up muscles and joints before exercise.
3. Use nonskid mats in potentially slippery areas (i.e., bathroom, poolside, etc.)
4. Secure throw rugs with a nonslip pads.
5. Keep electrical cords hidden where they won’t be a tripping hazard.
6. Keep items off of stairways, such as toys or even laundry that needs to go upstairs.
7. Don’t play through pain in sports.
8. Don’t use a chair for a ladder.

Skin Injuries

9. Install smoke alarms and keep batteries current.
10. Put a fire extinguisher in the kitchen or other areas prone to fire. You can also use baking soda to put out small grease fires.
11. Beware of skin contact with strong chemical products.

Animal-related Injuries

12. Do not pet, hold or feed wild or unfamiliar animals.
13. Wear pants and boots when in areas with snakes or other things that bite.

Electrical Injuries

14. Throw away damaged electrical cords or wires.
15. Do not use malfunctioning electrical appliances.
16. Keep children away from electrical cords or sockets.
17. Keep space heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn (i.e., drapes and newspapers).

Brain Injuries

18. Wear a helmet or protective head gear when riding or using a motorcycle, bike, horse, ski, snowboard or contact sports.
19. Wear your seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle.
20. Improve your balance to reduce your risk for falls.

Final Notes

While some injuries can be treated using the RICE method (rest, ice, compression and elevation), many of them need immediate care. For instance, dislocated joints and fractures are emergencies, regardless if they’re in your fingers, toes, hips, shoulders or other parts of the body. They’re extremely painful, swollen and noticeably out of place.

Meanwhile, electrical and brain injuries can be life-threatening. Therefore, if you or someone you know experience them, please call 911 immediately. Do not delay care. Your health and safety are our top priorities.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission