When to Call 911

How do we know when to call 911. Many people feel reluctant to make a call to bring help. Below is a list of symptoms for calling 911: Chest pain, suspected heart attack Difficulty breathing Severe persistant abdominal pain Uncontrolled or excessive bleeding Head injury Loss of consciousness Poisoning (after you call Poison Control hotline at 1-800- 222-1222) Severe burn High fever over 103 degrees, especially in children Seizure Diabetic complications Gunshot or stab wounds

Warning Signs of Stroke

Stroke, or brain attack, is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The devastating affects of stroke often can be prevented if you quickly react to the body’s warning signs. In most cases, receiving medical treatment by calling 9-1-1 within the first 3 hours of symptoms may significantly reduce disability or damage to your body and brain that stroke can cause. Unfortunately, only about 5 percent of stroke patients arrive at the …

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How Can I Tell If I’m Having a Heart Attack?

So much has been written about the signs and symptoms people experience when having a heart attack. But would you really be able to tell if you were having one? According to Dr Mehmet Oz of Oprah fame, fifty percent of people having a heart attack have no symptoms, especially women. Post-menopausal women are at higher risk but are often misdiagnosed. They are told it is acid reflux or stress. Women whose symptoms are dismissed …

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When You Or Your Loved One Suffers A Traumatic Brain Injury

What Causes Brain Trauma? Frequently, brain trauma comes on very quickly and is a shock to all involved. It is most often seen as result of serious falls, automobile/motorcycle/ diving/ construction accidents, gunshot wounds, or being hit on the head. It can also be due to a stroke with or without a hemorrhage, a major seizure,  or brain surgery. Anything that damages the brain is traumatic… to both the patient and loved ones. The patient’s …

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What to Expect in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

The Need for ICU: Being in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is a very scary and frightening experience. Patients are there because they are critically ill. There are many types of ICU’s, including Medical, Surgical, Neuro(logical) , Cardiac/Coronary, Pediatric & Neonatal. Patients in Medical ICU’s may have conditions such as liver disease, kidney disease, complications from diabetes, gall bladder disease, bleeding ulcers, etc. The Surgical ICU cares for post-operative patients who require critical intensive care. …

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In Case of Medical Emergency

Access to Emergency Care: Federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act of 1986. In 1986, Congress passed legislation ensuring that all members of the public have access to emergency treatment regardless of the ability to pay. This means that if you go to the emergency department and you have a medical emergency or are in labor, you have the right to receive, within the capabilities of the institution: an appropriate medical screening evaluation necessary stabilizing …

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Navigating Through the Emergency Room Experience

As a health care consumer seeking emergency room (ER) care for yourself or someone you are advocating for, you may consider an Urgent Care Center as a viable alternative to the ER if the ailment is not potentially life-threatening. Most of these centers are open 365 days per year from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The doctors who examine you will be either Family Practitioners or trained ER doctors. Basic laboratory work can be done and most …

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