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    Spotlight on Electrocardiograms

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Modern medical technology allows physicians to conduct a wide array of diagnostic procedures that require no invasive measures. In fact, many of these tests can be done in just minutes, allowing patients to return to their normal activities immediately following their appointments. The electrocardiogram is one such procedure that can provide important information about a patient’s heart function with little inconvenience or discomfort. For more information about electrocardiograms, you can talk to your doctor or visit our website and read the following guide.

    What They Do

    Heart function is controlled by electrical impulses that make the muscles contract on a regular basis. When these electrical impulses occur too fast, too slow, or in an erratic manner, it can negatively impact the rate at which the heart provides oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. An electrocardiogram can record the electrical impulses that move through the heart.

    How They Work

    An electrocardiogram is a completely noninvasive and painless procedure. Prior to the beginning of the test, the patient may need to disrobe from the waist up so that the technician can apply special stickers, called leads, to their chest. These leads are the devices through which the electrocardiogram gathers and records its information on the heart’s electrical impulses. Once the leads are in place, the test can begin. The patient may be told to relax on a medical table and breathe normally. As he remains still, the electrocardiogram collects data on the impulses controlling the heart contractions.

    Who Needs Them

    In many cases, an electrocardiogram requires only a few minutes of time to gather enough data about a patient’s heart. While this test can be given as a preventive health screening for individuals with no warning signs of a heart problem, it may also be used to confirm a potential diagnosis. Because an electrocardiogram records the electrical impulses of the heart, a doctor may order it if he suspects that a patient is suffering from a heart-related problem, such as an arrhythmia or heart attack.

    The cardiopulmonary department at Raulerson Hospital offers multiple diagnostic tests that can precisely determine the heart or lung issues causing a patient’s symptoms. For more information on our diagnostic services, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. The nurses and representatives at Consult-A-Nurse associates can address your questions and concerns!

    Looking at the Healing Powers of Massage

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Did you know that hospitals often use massage therapy to aid in the treatment of serious medical conditions? Many people know massage only as a way to soothe stress and about its healing properties. While it’s true that massage can improve the emotional wellbeing of those who receive it, it also has several important physical health benefits. Massage therapy is often used as a component of sports injury recovery, as it can minimize the formation of tough scar tissue that may hinder joint and muscle function. Massage can also promote blood flow to areas of illness or injury. With the introduction of more oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, the afflicted area can benefit from faster healing.

    Raulerson Hospital offers certain treatment and rehabilitation care plans that include message therapy. To learn about our complete healthcare services or answer any medical related questions, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. You can also go to our website for in-depth information about our physical medicine options.

    What to Expect From a Trip to the Emergency Room

    Last updated 25 days ago

    A medical emergency can be an unsettling situation for everyone. Given the high stress associated with an unexpected medical emergency, Emergency Rooms may feel like a confusing and chaotic environment. However, if you know what to expect when a medical crisis occurs, you’ll find that the ER can provide the calming and capable care you need when an emergency strikes. Raulerson Hospital strives to provide each ER patient with prompt, effective, and compassionate emergency care.


    In order for the ER staff to assess how to best address your healthcare needs, when you arrive you will first undergo a process called triage. In many cases, a triage nurse will greet you and begin asking a series of questions to assess your condition. You may be told to explain the circumstances that led to your specific injury or illness. The nurse may also request the details of your general medical history. Once the triage nurse has taken down the details of your condition, they may direct you to a waiting area or to an exam room, based on your triage level.


    Each ER patient is seen as quickly as possible by a physician. Conditions such as bone breaks or burns may receive immediate treatment. If you suffer from a problem such as abdominal or chest pain however, a doctor may need to perform diagnostic tests to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. Once the reason for your symptoms is diagnosed, the ER staff can begin treatment.


    Many ER patients are able to be discharged and leave the hospital once their emergency medical needs have been met. For instance, once your broken bone is placed in a cast or your laceration is stitched up, you may be given permission to return home. However, some serious conditions may require hospitalization so that you can receive the comprehensive care necessary for recovery. Pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes, and appendicitis are just a few conditions that typically necessitate admittance to the hospital.

    Let Raulerson Hospital take care of your medical needs. Our ER is equipped to handle a wide range of immediate medical emergencies. If you would like to learn about how we can help you in the case of a medical emergency, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

    The Patient's Guide to Appendicitis

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When a medical emergency strikes, surgery may be the best treatment option. If your appendix is inflamed, a doctor will likely recommend an appendectomy to remove it before it ruptures. For individuals who need an appendectomy, Raulerson Hospital offers safe and successful surgical services.

    What Is Appendicitis?

    The medical community is still unsure about the exact role that the appendix plays in bodily health and function. Doctors do know however, that the appendix can suffer blockages that may cause the accumulation of bacteria. This bacterial buildup can eventually cause severe inflammation, a condition better known as appendicitis. In many instances, this inflammation may develop in just a few hours.

    How Does Appendicitis Present?

    As the appendix becomes more inflamed, a person suffering from appendicitis may experience abdominal pain. This discomfort often begins in the center of the midsection, but it can spread to the lower right side of the body. An individual with appendicitis may also experience extreme gastrointestinal distress. The sensation of feeling sick to one’s stomach is common, as are bouts of vomiting or diarrhea. As is the case with other types of infection, appendicitis can also lead to high fever. Hunger may also be greatly suppressed when a person is suffering from this condition.

    When Should You Seek Help for Your Symptoms?

    Appendicitis can be deadly when left untreated. The longer that the inflamed appendix remains in the body, the greater the likelihood that it will rupture. If a rupture occurs, the bacteria inside the appendix could spread throughout the abdominal region. In as little as a single day, a person experiencing symptoms may eventually suffer a rupture. If one or more of the aforementioned symptoms present, doctors strongly urge individuals to seek immediate ER attention. Though many appendectomies are emergency surgeries, this particular type of surgery is extremely common in the United States.

    Would you like to learn more about appendicitis? If so, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 725-3918 to talk to a registered nurse available 24/7. You can also call to learn about our minimally invasive appendectomy procedure which leaves patients with smaller scars, quicker recovery time, and a shorter hospital stay.

    What to Know about Flu Shots

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The flu season is just beginning. The CDC typically designates October as the start of the flu season, which can last until the following spring. Because the flu can be deadly to certain demographics, medical professionals highly recommend that individuals over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu shot.

    The need to get a yearly flu shot stems from the ever-changing make-up of the viruses that cause the most deadly strains of the flu. By updating the vaccinations for these viruses, the medical community can help keep the public safe. In addition, immunity to the flu does not remain constant over time, so getting an annual flu shot is the best means to stay protected against these viruses.

    Do you need to get your annual flu shot? You can visit your local pharmacy or contact your doctor to schedule a flu shot. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse if you need help finding a doctor.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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