Wise Use of the Emergency Room

Wise Use of the Emergency Room

Emergency rooms are often crowded, intimidating, and expensive places to be. When used for the right reasons (to provide immediate medical assistance in emergency situations) they provide an essential service. But according to the American Medical Association, 40-55% of ER visits could have been avoided if patients spoke to a doctor over the phone before deciding how to seek care.  

Telemedicine has the ability to divert unnecessary ER visits, resulting in thousands of dollars and hours saved by employers and employees. The Telemedicine service from MedCareComplete provides 24/7/365 access to a physician for non-emergent care without ever having to leave your home or office.

Commonly treated symptoms include:

An emergency requires immediate care and is life-threatening. Call 911. Be sure to bring along identification, insurance cards, medication, and health history information.

Examples of an Emergency:

  • Not breathing/difficulty breathing
  • Choking – unable to dislodge item
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Broken bones
  • Severe bleeding or burns
  • Shock

Situations for Routine/Self-care at Home:

  • Minor cuts and sprains
  • Fever of 102 or below
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Common neck and back pain

Your Home Emergency Kit:

  • Assorted bandages
  • Sterile gauze pads and tape
  • Moleskin
  • Thermometer
  • Tweezers
  • Moist towelettes
  • List of emergency numbers
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Nasal bulb syringe
  • Scissors
  • Elastic wrap

Over-the-counter Aids:

  • Pain and fever medications (ibuprofen/acetaminophen)
  • Antacids
  • Antibacterial ointments
  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines (avoid if pregnant)
  • Sunblock
  • Anti-itch products
  • Anti-diarrheal products

Be Prepared for Emergencies:

  • Learn CPR and first aid
  • Keep first aid book or card handy
  • Have emergency numbers posted
  • Know the location of the closest emergency facilities
  • Understand your insurance policy
  • Have medical history available
  • Carry ID and insurance cards at all times

You should never self-treat in an emergency situation, but it’s important to know what to do if you or a loved one is injured. If you are in doubt, play it safe and seek professional medical treatment.

If you want to:

  • Save your company money
  • Lower your employees’ yearly healthcare costs
  • Save time for every employee involved

It’s time to consider adding telemedicine to your benefits plan.

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