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How To Decide – WhiteGlove or the Emergency Room?

January 14, 2010

Today, more and more Americans are relying on Emergency Departments for primary health care.  According to the CDC, in 2006, 119 million visits were made to emergency rooms, an increase of 32% in the last 10 years.   It has also been reported that 55% of emergency room visits were not emergencies. 

 Why?  People often are confused about what level of care to seek for a health problem.  They don’t know if their problem is serious and considered an emergency, therefore necessitating a trip the emergency room or if it is routine and can be treated in the comfort of their home or office.   Further, people often don’t want to take care of their issue during their work hours, and so look for healthcare solutions after 5 pm or on weekends, which leads them to seek routine health care in emergency rooms. 

 How can you tell if you should go to the emergency room?

 WhiteGlove House Call Health provides get-well care and stay-well care.  Call WhiteGlove for anything you would normally go to your family doctor so, things like:

  • Flu
  • Cold
  • Sinus infection
  • Skin rash
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Ear infection
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Minor cuts

 The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) gives a list of health problems for which you should go to the emergency room.  Go to the emergency room if you have:

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or changes in mental status
  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Shortness of breath
  • Unusual abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness

 A complete list with details is available on the ACEP website

Next time, remember, any health problem that might cause you to go to a primary care physician, family physician or even a minor care clinic, is a problem that WhiteGlove can handle.  Save time, save money and save yourself a long wait in an over-crowded emergency room.

To learn more about WhiteGlove House Call Health, visit our website at www.whiteglove.com.

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