Emergency Care For You

Back to School, Back to the Doctor's Office

Most children dread the pediatrician's office as they know it as the place of painful shots. While kids prep their arms, thighs, and backsides for crucial health maintenance and protection, parents should read up on the importance of immunizations.

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From One Parent to Another -- Childproofing Lessons Learned Working in the ER

As a new mother, working in an emergency department made me want to go home and childproof every nook and cranny of our house. On a daily basis at work I care for children, most often toddlers, injured at home in various ways. I learned of all the potential household dangers and how to keep my children safe.

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The Sport of Staying Injury-Free

It was already a busy shift in my emergency department when I saw my next patient — an injured teenage boy, still in his football shoulder pads with his jersey cut open to expose a clearly broken wrist. As I cared for him, two more teammates came in – both with broken bones, each boy more exasperated than the last. Sensing a pattern, I silently wondered to myself what sort of gladiator football game were these boys playing?

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The Pressure Is On

I bet you haven’t actually thought about your blood pressure in quite a long time. I know I haven’t. But that does not mean we shouldn’t. The main reason we haven’t thought about it is likely because we don’t feel our blood pressure. We don’t feel bad when it is bad and we don’t feel good when it is good. And maybe that is the problem.

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When Severe Weather Becomes Your Emergency

While we often associate severe storms with southern states, thunderstorms and tornadoes can, and have, occurred in all fifty states. Falling trees, downed power lines, flooding, and the injuries associated with the cleanup afterward, are all dangers that can bring someone to the emergency department.

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What is a surprise balance bill for emergency room services?

Say you go to an ER that is in a hospital that your health insurance plan tells you is in the plan’s network. You expect that the physician services you receive in the ER will be covered under the “in-network” provisions of your plan. However, this may not always be the case.

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Dying To Be Pain Free

Drug abuse is not new. Opium, for example, and its derivatives have been used medically for thousands of years predating the Egyptians.

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An Ugly Side of Not Washing Your Hands: Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease

Summertime is a few months each year where the cold weather fades from memory. Time is spent outside enjoying all that the warm weather has to offer such as swimming, family gatherings and barbecues. Frequently, we are not as mindful of good hand hygiene as fewer among us are sick with those infections that are so prevalent during the winter months such as the flu.

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The 4th of July through My Eyes

For many — including me — the 4th of July is just about the best holiday for celebrating outdoors. Falling mid-summer, the patriotic celebrations often focus on leisure activities, family get-togethers often including outdoor barbecues and fireworks.

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Heatstroke: When "I'll just be a minute" is too long

Christine could not believe where she was — standing in my emergency room — holding her young son’s hand as he received intravenous fluids for the early signs of heat stroke.

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