Learning About Emergency Care Services

The Five Most Common Reasons For An Immediate Care Visit

There are too many reasons to list for why someone might need immediate care. However, there are a handful of reasons that are especially common. It is necessary to understand these medical conditions not only so they can be identified, but also so that appropriate actions can be taken.

Strains and Sprains

One of the most common reasons you might visit immediate care is that you have suffered a strain or sprain. If you receive immediate treatment for this condition, you will recover more quickly. Before arriving at immediate care, you should treat the injury with ice, compression, rest and elevation.

Chest Pain

Chest pain is another one of the most common reasons for an emergency room visit because many associate chest pain with the onset of a heart attack. However, chest pain can be the result of a less serious medical situation as well, such as the muscles and tendons between the ribs becoming strained. You will need to go to the hospital if you experience a crushing sensation on the chest, experiences nausea and shortness of breath or have pain that radiates to the jaw, left arm and shoulder blades.

Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain is a very common reason for individuals seeking immediate care because abdominal pain can sometimes be overwhelmingly painful. The first step will be to determine whether the abdominal pain is the result of a specific event or whether it is the result of an underlying health condition. For example, poisoning can cause a sudden onset of abdominal pain. Because you might have ingested something that is causing the abdominal pain, you will need to write down anything that you have consumed recently so that this can be investigated further.

Dizziness

You will be rushed to the hospital if you experience dizziness or fainting. There are many serious medical conditions that can cause dizziness and fainting, including diabetes, a heart attack and low blood sugar. Since your life might be in danger, you will need immediate care. While contacting immediate care, make sure to sit down. Ideally, you should ask someone else to contact a hospital while you wait.

Bleeding

If someone is bleeding, the bleeding will usually stop thanks to the body's ability to form blood clots. However, if the bleeding won't stop, you might be rushed to the hospital for treatment since excessive bleeding can often be fatal. To reduce bleeding, apply pressure to the wound and try to elevate the wound above the heart.


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