Guest Blog By Dr. Kari Williams, RMA (AMT), CPT (NHA), CET (NHA), BS, DC
Visits to the emergency room are expensive and a tough decision to make. Even if you don’t spend the night, the cost can be staggering. According to the Health Cost Institute, the average emergency room visit was approximately $1,400.
What constitutes an emergency? Go immediately to the emergency room if you are experiencing any symptoms that cause concern like sudden onset of chest pain, severe abdominal pain, difficulty breathing, new confusion, sudden blurred vision, sudden severe headache, weakness or numbness in the face, arm, or leg, severe bleeding, severe burns, or head injuries.
Did you know that heart attack symptoms can look different for different people?
Most Common Symptoms For Men:
- Discomfort or tingling in arms, back, neck, shoulder, or jaw
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
Additional Symptoms To Look For In Women:
- Sudden dizziness
- Feeling of heartburn
- Cold sweat
- Unusual tiredness
- Nausea or vomiting
Still unsure if you should a visit to the ER?
- Call your doctor and ask.
- Your primary care provider can usually assess the best option for your condition and direct you to the most appropriate care.
- Don’t have a doctor?
- Look at the new 9Health Neighbors program designed to support those who don’t have a medical provider. Response to your questions can take up to 24 hours, so if you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or other items listed above, it is best to go to the ER. Click here to find resources and connect today.
- Try Nurses On-Call. This is a health advice and physician referral service and is free of charge. This service is for uninsured and insured alike and will give you access to a registered nurse 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The hotline number is 816-276-6405 or visit the website.
- What happens if you become ill or are injured after hours or on the weekend?
- If you have a doctor, call their office. Most doctor’s offices have after-hours answering services.
- If this isn’t an option, the next alternative would be to contact or visit an urgent care facility.