When To Send Your Patient To The Emergency Room

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May 9, 2018 | Aptus Associates

A health clinic, especially one in a rural area, is vital to keeping people’s health in check. If a hospital is miles, cities, or even counties away, your clinic is the only thing ensuring they are seen by a medical professional on a regular basis. However, a health clinic is not and should not ever be a replacement for emergency services. For this reason, there are occasions that a patient may come in and need to be transported to the nearest emergency room. But, when? Send them if they come in complaining about or you notice:

Persistent chest pain
Difficulty breathing
Severe pain, particularly in the abdomen or mid back
Sudden clumsiness, loss of balance or fainting
Sudden difficulty speaking, or trouble understanding speech
Altered mental status or confusion

Suicidal thought
Sudden weakness or paralysis, especially on one side of the face or body
Heart palpitations
Severe headache
Sudden testicular pain and swelling
High fever in a newborn

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
Severe and persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Serious burns
Seizures, without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy
Falls that cause injury
Sudden vision changes
Broken bones or dislocated joints
Deep cuts that require stitches — especially on the face

Large open wound that won’t stop bleeding
Head or eye injuries
Severe flu or cold symptoms
Fevers with rash

Trust your gut! If something isn’t listed here, but you feel as a medical professional that something is very wrong, send them just to be safe. That’s what you’re there for!

If this seems like a lot to remember, you aren’t wrong. You have enough to handle, without dealing with behind-the-scenes daily functions of your health clinic in addition to dealing with emergencies. Let someone else bill the insurance companies, create a budget, manage the office, and so on. That can be Aptus Associates, LLC. For more information on how we can help your medical practice stay efficient and profitable, please call 1-888-760-2455 or email info@aptussupport.com.