Hospitals share important message during COVID-19 pandemic: Don’t delay emergency care
April 23, 2020
Heart attacks, strokes, accidents and injuries: These are just a few examples of medical emergencies that can occur at any time, in any place and to any one – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
HSHS St. Joseph's and Sacred Heart hospitals remind all area communities that the emergency departments are open and available to provide all types of emergent medical care, 24/7, regardless of the current public health crisis.
A recent report from the American College of Emergency Physicians states some emergency departments across the country are seeing a reduction in patient volumes, as well as patients delaying seeking medical care for non-COVID-19 related emergencies – potentially due to patients being concerned about contracting COVID-19 during a hospital visit or overwhelming health care workers.
“We urge our community members to never forgo or delay seeking medical care for any type of emergency, even in the midst of a pandemic,” says Dr. Ken Johnson, emergency medicine physician for HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s Hospitals. “We have highly-skilled, compassionate providers ready to care for you, and protocols in place to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.”
The following are some examples of symptoms/incidents in which a trip to the emergency department or call to 911 is necessary:
Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
Severe abdominal pain
Bleeding that will not stop
Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
Sudden changes in visionSudden confusion
Injury due to accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wounds or other serious injuries
Coughing or vomiting blood
Head or spine injury
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