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How is your access to healthcare?

What do you do when you’re sick or get hurt?

Go to the Hospital or a Clinic, right? That’s usually how it goes.

For the last 50 years at-least, we’ve had easy access to our Doctor, or Emergency Room. In the last several years, we have seen the development, improvement, and utilization of Telemedicine; to include video format.

The COVID-19 Pandemic, in the last month, has shut down most, of not all private medical offices, with providers having moved to Telemedicine to keep appointments and to continue service to their patients. That is all well and good, but they still maintain the normal 9-5 schedule. That still leaves you with the choice of visiting a Clinic or Urgent Care in the off hours, most of which have closed; or you go to the ER, which one really shouldn’t utilize unless absolutely necessary. Lately, given the social environment and pandemic, going to the ER for something that can wait is more so a hazard than before.

So access to healthcare has indeed received delays and risks. So what do you do now when you or someone become suddenly ill or injured? Are you going to be so apt to call 911 and go the the ER? Or are you going to wait until you can schedule a telemed call with your provider? In the current times, the only situation that should be considered an emergency situation warranting an ER visit are for breathing, extreme difficulty, or none; bleeding, uncontrolled, involves large vessels or is deep enough requiring stitches; abnormal heart rate, really slow, really fast, not there; broken bones, suspected or obvious; and unconsciousness, unknown reason or involves breathing or bleeding. If it’s for anything other than that, despite potential major discomfort, it can usually wait until you can talk to your Primary Healthcare Provider.

Did you take time in the past to take First Aid and CPR? Do you have the skills and knowledge to provide basic care until you are able to access healthcare?

Let’s hear from you! Leave comments or email us at cepp-qa@needsassociates.org

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