It doesn’t matter whether you’re a child or an adult; going to the emergency room for any reason can be a stressful experience. But the fact remains that emergency rooms see millions of patients every year. In fact, approximately 25.5 million children under the age of 18 are taken to the emergency room annually.
Wholly 75% of children’s most recent visits to the ER were either at night or during a weekend. This percentage remained the same regardless of health insurance coverage. Of those visits, approximately two-thirds were a result of reasons that reflected the severity of a specific medical issue.
The most common reason for children’s most recent ER visit was overwhelmingly “the doctor’s office wasn’t open.” This was the reason given in 86% of cases. Among children, six out of the top 10 reasons for ER visits included injuries such as bruises, open wounds, sprains and strains, broken limbs, and other injuries caused by external trauma.
Concussions are another common reason children end up in the ER. Athletes from ages 12 to 15 make up approximately 47% of sports related concussions seen in the emergency room. According to a recent study released by Safe Kids Worldwide, every 25 seconds, a young athlete suffers an injury severe enough to warrant a visit to the ER. That’s almost 1.35 million injuries a year.
But sometimes the emergency room isn’t enough and children are admitted to the hospital. Four out of 10 of the most common conditions for which children are admitted to the hospital include those such as pneumonia, asthma, acute bronchitis, and other issues affecting the respiratory system.
A recent study by Truven Health Analytics revealed that infants under 12 months of age had the highest percentage of non-emergency visits, coming in at 82%. An injury can be scary and stressful as a child, but fortunately the ER is there to help after regular office hours.
Every year, there are approximately 110 million visits to the emergency room. Many of these emergency room or urgent care situations are due to abdominal pain causes, resulting in severe pain that requires emergency care. If you're experiencing any severe pain, you should consult a medical professional working for emergency services today, but here are a few things to keep in mind relating to serious abdominal pain.
One of the most common abdominal pain causes is the stomach flu. This is caused by many different types of viruses and usually lasts for two or three days. If your flu symptoms last for longer than three days or the pain begins to reach severely uncomfortable levels, it's time to get professional help. Seek out a hybrid medical center that provides both emergency room and urgent care services.
Another common cause of abdominal pain is issues with food poisoning. This occurs when you have consumed unhealthy foods that were contaminated with viruses, parasites, and/or bacteria. Although food poisoning symptoms are more uncomfortable than anything and rarely severe, there is still a chance that the food poisoning has caused enough damage that you will need immediate medical attention. If you feel anything worse than minor sickness for a day or two you should consult with your doctor or an experienced medical professional.
Urinary Tract Infection
A urinary tract infection (UTI) is caused by bacteria buildup and can take place in any area of the urinary tract. These symptoms can often become more and more painful, including fever, nausea, shivering, and stiff upper back. Again, if you've experiencing severe pain, trouble with urinating, or a severe fever caused by abdominal pain, seek medical attention.
For women, one of the most common abdominal pain causes is a result of muscle contractions during menstruation. During menstruation, the body sheds the lining of the uterus and can often cause painful contractions as the body pushes the uterine lining out. If you experience cramping that is immobilizing or causes nausea, you should seek immediate medical attention.
Other causes of severe abdominal pain that require immediate medical care are appendicitis, serious acid reflux, dangerous response to food allergies, inflammation of the gallbladder, and stomach ulcers.
Contact Legacy ER and Urgent today if you're in need of medical care.
As you may have learned in anatomy or biology class, there are 206 bones in the human body. Like it or not, they're all susceptible to breaking if you slip, stumble, or fall in just the right way. Despite that, some bones are broken more often than others. In fact, here are five of the most commonly broken bones in the human body.
Also known as the collarbone, this bone keeps your arms attached to your body through your shoulder joints. Its placement beneath the neck and its elongated shape make it more prone to breaking in the event of trauma to that area. This is by no means classified under minor injuries and illnesses. If the break is severe enough, surgical repair may be required.
Whether from falling out of a tree or just tripping on the pavement, almost 50% of all broken bones in adults are in the arm. It typically happens if you're bracing from a fall, and can take several months to heal.
As far as arms go, the wrist is the most frequently broken part. This area is home to many small, delicate bones that can be broken from a much less severe impact. The break usually occurs on the thumb-side of the hand and often occurs in sports like cycling, skiing, and snowboarding.
Ligament damage often occurs in conjunction with a fractured ankle, which can mean longer healing times. Ankle rolls and breaks typically occur in sports such as soccer, rugby, and football.
Feet and Toes
Believe it or not, approximately 25% of your bones are in your feet. Impact and stress fractures are often the most common cause of breakage in this area of the body.
If you think you're suffering from a broken bone or any other minor injuries and illnesses, you should seek out an urgent care clinic or emergency services near you immediately. Whether it's cuts and scrapes or a bout of the flu, urgent care clinics average seven treatment rooms and should be able to treat you.
Flu season is officially upon us, which means there are going to be a lot of visits to the emergency room and walk-in urgent care centers. But before you say there's nothing you can do to prevent the flu this season, you need to know what steps can help you prepare for when the disease actually does strike.
If you're unsure how to combat the flu this season, here are a few best practices to help you act like a pro who treats injury and illness.
Get a Flu Shot
You might think it's a little bit late in the season, but it's never too late to get a flu shot. But remember: it takes a few weeks for the flu vaccine to be fully active in your body, so you should still try to avoid people with flu-like symptoms to the best of your abilities during that time.
Stock up on Supplies
If you're afraid of someone in your home getting the flu, you should stock up on tissues, hand soap, paper towels, and liquids rich in electrolytes. These supplies can save you a trip to the pharmacy, or even better, a trip to emergency services.
Wash Your Hands
This is a lesson that's ingrained from the start of childhood, and it's done for a reason. Washing your hands can help keep germs and harmful bacteria at bay, especially during flu season. It's also important to keep your hands away from your face when possible. While the flu virus won't be affected by antibacterial soaps, washing your hands still flushes away any flu bugs sticking to your hands.
Stay Home if You're Sick
The worst thing you can do if you have the flu is leave the house and attempt to be around other people. Beyond making your fever and other symptoms worse, you risk getting others around you seriously sick too. It's okay to take a sick day, especially when the health of others around you is at risk.
Go to Urgent Care
The flu doesn't always strike at a convenient time. If you think you're coming down with the flu and can't make it to your doctor during operating hours, don't hesitate to visit an urgent care center. Approximately 60% of all walk-in urgent care facilities have a wait time of 15 minutes or less to see a physician, so there's no excuse not to go.
The most important takeaway here is to be prepared. Don't let the flu catch you off guard this season!
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