Today, we live in an unpredictable world, and it appears to be getting even more unpredictable. We can’t know in advance when we will get sick or have an accidental injury. Most serious health problems take us by surprise. In a life or death emergency, are you prepared to know what to do until help arrives? Most people don’t preplan for emergencies other than to know how to dial 911. Sometimes, medical emergencies require immediate intervention. Knowing what to do in a medical emergency can … [Read more...] about Medical Emergency Protocol
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*This article and any information contained herein is obtained from the CDC website referenced below. This is a very brief summary and is not inclusive of everything that is currently known about COVID-19 and is for informational purposes only. What is coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified in Wuhan, China. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19? COVID-19 has been … [Read more...] about Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
How to Identify Arthritis Symptoms Worthy of an ER Visit Arthritis is a common malady. Nearly 50 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. However, do you know arthritis is not a single disease? It is a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, and people of all ages can and do have arthritis. Generally, we define arthritis as joints disease, which includes swelling, pain, stiffness, and … [Read more...] about Arthritis Symptoms Worthy Of An ER Visit
What is Coronavirus? Coronaviruses cause diseases in mammals and birds that include diarrhea in cows and pigs, upper respiratory disease in chickens and rare, but potentially lethal, human respiratory infections although these are often mild. There are no vaccines or antiviral drugs that are approved for prevention or treatment. (CDC 2019) There is a new strain of Coronavirus discovered in China recently. This particular strain has been more lethal, meaning that normally healthy humans who … [Read more...] about Coronavirus Symptoms
We Texans love our sports. We love to watch them and cheer on our favorite teams and players. But we also love to play them ourselves. And sometimes on the field, on the court, or in the rink, accidents happen. Sports-related injuries range from very minor bruises to potentially life-threatening accidents. When an injury is serious enough to require emergency medical treatment it’s imperative that you know that it’s time to go. Should We Go To The ER? There are 5 major types of … [Read more...] about When Is a Sports Injury and Emergency?
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
Parents avoid the emergency room as often as possible, but if you are the parent of a child with asthma, it's important to know when the ER is the right choice. Emergency Symptoms When the following symptoms are showing up the answer to the question of when should I seek emergency medical attention is NOW. If your child is wheezing constantly. If they are using their inhaler repeatedly after severe asthma symptoms but they are return again quickly. If a long-lasting cough is not … [Read more...] about Asthma Emergencies
It’s true that chest pain shouldn’t be ignored, but it’s also true that it can be caused by things that are not actually life-threatening. So when chest pain strikes, how do you know if you should make a trip to the ER? The truth is there really aren’t any hard fast rules In fact, up to 30% of heart attacks include symptoms that actually go unnoticed by the patient. This makes coming up with a solid set of guidelines pretty much impossible. So, when in doubt, seek emergency care right away. … [Read more...] about Chest Pain… When Is It An Emergency?