In life, accidents happen and the unexpected can arise at the drop of a hat. But what to do in those situations and where should you go when they come up? To find out, we spoke with Emergency Department Director John Lazarus about the differences between real emergencies and problems better handled by urgent care.
“Emergent problems can be subjective, but there are some good guidelines we can go by in making a determination of emergency,” explains Lazarus. “The most basic guidelines for what make a situation emergent is if your life, limb or vision is at stake. If any of these things are in danger, we would call that an emergency. Other conditions outside of life, limb, or vision also warrant immediate intervention (as described below) because of the likelihood of the condition getting worse and possible organ failure. We also know there are patient populations that are at higher risk of death — this includes children under 2 years of age, geriatric patients, and those with a weakened immune response.”
Read on for a sample of some of the reasons you should seek emergency treatment right away. If you have an emergency, never attempt to drive yourself to the hospital, as you’ll not only put your own life in danger, but also the lives of those around you. If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately and wait for the ambulance.
For everything else, seek treatment at one of our many convenient AdventHealth Centra Care locations, or see your primary care physician.
“There have been huge advancements made to emergency care in just the last few years and over the last 15 years, as well,” says Lazarus. “New technologies and newer equipment like the rapid fluid infuser, bedside ultrasound and intra-osseous infusion have enabled us to improve the timeliness of care and administration of medication to emergent patients.”
These new technologies allow the medical staff to deliver care that used to require much longer treatment times and more transportation around the emergency department, where they can now come right to your bed.
“Our emergency departments are equipped with advanced testing equipment, labs and access to a wide variety of life-saving medications. And all our nurses have been trained and certified in emergent cardiac, pediatric and trauma care to provide you with the highest level of fast-paced advancement of care for your entire well-being.”
When the EMS professional asks which hospital to take you to, choose whole-person care from the ER experts at AdventHealth. Find your nearest Emergency Room.
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