Emergency Care For You

When - and when not - to call an ambulance

An ambulance provides transport to a hospital and enables emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to begin medical treatment on arrival, extending treatment through the ride to the medical center.

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Cold Weather Crisis: Spotting and Preventing Hypothermia

Bitter cold temperatures continue to strike nationwide this season. Overexposure to cold can be extremely dangerous, especially for people in regions less accustomed to harsh winter weather. It is important to know the signs of hypothermia and take steps to avoid an emergency.

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Prescription Safety and Pain Management: Lessons from San Diego

More than 90 precious lives are lost every day from prescription drug abuse and chances are that you know someone who has died or had their life immeasurably affected by this public health crisis.

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Flu FAQ: Spread the Word, Not the Germs

Flu season is rapidly descending upon us, let’s spread the word and not the germs. You can take steps to limit your exposure, prevent spreading or treat complications. Your biggest flu questions are answered here.

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When a Loved One Has Dementia

The holidays can be a tough time if you are caring for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

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My Patient - The Shark Attack Victim

One mid-morning, a pick-up truck drove into our ambulance parking site and a young man in wet surfing pants ran into the ER shouting: "the shark took his whole lower leg off!!"

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That Thing You Ate – A Look at Food Poisoning

Many things can cause food poisoning, including: bacteria, viruses, toxins, parasites, etc.

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ER Doctor: It's Time to Bring Back Hugging – Everywhere

The need to be hugged and experience human contact is in the root of our DNA. It is the building block of our soul. It is as much a part of each of us as the air we breathe. We curl up and we die inside without it.

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Summer Can Sting: How to Stop Jellyfish and Stingrays from Ruining Your Beach Trip

“Stings” by jellyfish and stingrays are common during the summer months.

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No Ordinary Bath Salts: Dealing With The Nation’s Synthetic Drug Problem First-Hand

Synthetic drugs first appeared in the United States nearly 10 years ago.

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