Emergency Care For You

How Is Your Home Medical Kit Looking?

When is it a good time to build your basic first aid kit for your home? Right now! Many items needed for basic first aid can be found among or adapted from school supplies that are on sale this time of year.

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Lyme disease: More than a tick and bulls' eye rash

In Room 2 is a 50 year-old man who works as a lumberjack and is in the emergency department with a “bulls’ eye” rash on his arm that he says is probably from a tick bite. In the waiting room is a 10 year-old girl with a chief complaint of a tick bite.

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The Face of Heroin

Running into the ambulance bay, we find a patient slumped over and barely breathing in the passenger seat of a car. After transferring him to a stretcher, we rush him into the emergency department.

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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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