Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency rooms across the country have seen a decrease in patients. However, in the event of a medical emergency, hesitating to seek care can result in severe complications.
“It’s hard for most people to know when to seek emergency care, but symptoms like chest pain, trouble breathing, confusion, severe abdominal pain, or worsening infections should be promptly addressed by a healthcare professional,” said Dr. Ronald Jensen, DO, an emergency medicine physician with St. Luke’s Health. “It’s important to treat serious infections or medical conditions promptly because, left on their own, they can rapidly worsen and become life-threatening.”
If you experience any of the symptoms discussed below, do not hesitate to call 911 or go to the emergency room. Your local St. Luke’s Health emergency room team is taking every precaution to keep our ERs safe, including providing masks to all patients, visitors, and team members, minimizing time spent in waiting rooms, frequently disinfecting every room, and keeping patients with respiratory symptoms in a separate part of the emergency department.
During a stroke, timely treatment is the key to minimizing brain damage. Knowing the symptoms will enable you to take quick action. If you believe someone is having a stroke, the National Stroke Association recommends acting F.A.S.T.:
- Face: Does one side of the face droop when smiling?
- Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one drift downward?
- Speech: Is the speech slurred or strange?
- Time: If you see any of these signs, seek emergency care immediately.