In the current situation with COVID-19, it is essential to make sure that we reserve the emergency care resources for those who are in the worst of conditions. You should ensure that your circumstances are severe enough to warrant seeking emergency care as you put yourself, as well as others, at risk of disease when you visit a hospital.
What constitutes emergency care?
Typically, emergency care is for ailments that threaten the life or requires medical intervention so as not to become life-threatening. Some emergency care can be considered urgent care, which is for non-emergency or life-threatening situations.
Emergency Care vs. Urgent Care
Emergency care is for any situation that could potentially cause severe and permanent impairments or could be life-threatening. For these conditions, it is usually best to dial 911 and seek medical care. Examples of these types of situations could be compound fractures, seizures, uncontrollable bleeding, chest pain with shortness of breath, and other life-threatening conditions. Emergency care should be reserved for those who are in the most serious of conditions.
Urgent medical care, which is slightly different from emergency care, is for conditions that are not emergencies, but that still require medical attention within 24 hours of onset. Examples of these types of situations are cuts that need stitches, minor broken bones in fingers or toes, and other less severe injuries and illnesses. These injuries may seem to be small, but they too could become severe if left untreated, which is why it is essential to seek medical care.
Some medical conditions do not require medical care in the immediate future. For these medical conditions, you are better off making appointments with your primary care doctor. Examples of this type of care include annual checkups and regular monitoring of preconditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes.
Community Hospital of Early is ready to care for your emergency needs.
We all do our best to stay healthy and hope that you never find yourself in a situation where you would have to seek emergency care. However, for those who do find themselves in circumstances where you must seek emergency medical care, Community Hospital of Early is ready to welcome you and provide the level of services that you need. Our Emergency Care Department employs highly skilled medical care workers who are certified in advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support.
We are prepared to treat our emergency care patients for any reason, including those suffering from COVID-19. Our hospital staff has been trained on how to screen patients effectively to minimize the spread of Coronavirus and we have deployed extra cleaning protocols to ensure extra sanitation for the safety of our patients and guests. We’re here for you because we’re all in this together.