Your health shouldn’t take a break because of COVID-19 or physical distancing. It’s more important now than ever to keep attending to health conditions and taking care of yourself. This may look a little different than usual — as do many other aspects of life at the moment — but don’t let the current circumstances put a … Continue reading 4 ways to put your health first during COVID-19
With so much attention on the COVID-19 virus, it’s important to remember that other medical emergencies, like strokes, can still occur during the pandemic. In the event of a stroke, time is of the essence. Common stroke symptoms While staying alert to coronavirus symptoms and following the recommended safety protocols, you should still watch out for … Continue reading Why you should still go to the ED for stroke symptoms during COVID-19
When you need healthcare, where you go depends on the type of care you need. In a true emergency, you should call 911 or go to the emergency room. But, keep in mind that the emergency room is for emergencies. If you end up there for a minor issue, you’re going to have to wait … Continue reading Should you go to the doctor, walk-in clinic, urgent care or ER?
Those who have visited an emergency room are no stranger to how waiting can feel in times of uncertainty. But what you might not realize is there are a lot of things working for you in the background as you wait. Here’s a glimpse of what to expect — the things you’ll see and those … Continue reading ER wait times: Behind the scenes in an ER
Retail health centers, urgent care facilities and freestanding emergency rooms sprouting around the United States may be equipped to treat minor illness and injury. But patients experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, which might signal a heart attack, should go straight to an emergency room in a hospital. Here are some reasons why. When … Continue reading What to expect when you go to the ED with chest pain
Do you take medications on a regular basis? Chances are you do. More than 80 percent of American adults rely on one or more medications to stay well, but if these medications aren’t taken properly, serious problems can occur. In fact, each year adverse drug reactions account for 120,000 hospitalizations and 70,000 emergency department visits. … Continue reading 4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes
This weekend, social media and news networks reported that legendary radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, died from a brain aneurysm. We now know now that this initial report turned out to be inaccurate. Earlier this week, the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office reported that Mr. Kraddick may have died from cardiac disease. Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., a cardiologist … Continue reading Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion
The patients I see in the emergency department (ED) ranges from newborn to over 100-years-old. The spectrum of symptoms includes those related to pain, infection, difficulty breathing, trauma, pregnancy, and psychiatric disorders just to name a few. The preparedness of patients who suddenly realize they have ended up in the hospital varies quite a bit … Continue reading 6 Ways to Be Ready for an Emergency Department Visit