Emergency Medicine 1

Monday, August 01, 2016

Emergency medicine is the medical specialty involving care for unscheduled patients with illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. Dr. Edward Hill looks at emergency medical services in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

An emergency is a serious medical condition which arises suddenly and requires immediate care and treatment to avoid disability or death.

If a medical condition arises suddenly and you believe that without immediate care and treatment your life or health is in jeopardy, you should go to the emergency room.

Some examples include:

Signs of a heart attack that last two minutes or longer

Signs of stroke, like sudden onset of numbness in any extremity

Severe shortness of breath

Bleeding that wont stop, and,

Coughing up or vomiting blood

Emergency departments are staffed with highly skilled physicians who have specialty training in managing catastrophic illnesses or life-threatening injuries.

People often think of going to the Emergency Department when an illness or injury occurs because it is convenient and open 24 hours a day. However, patients with minor or non-life threatening illnesses often have to wait a long time for care while other more seriously injured patients are evaluated.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.