Moving to a new town comes with a lot of tasks to get done. Not only do you have to get all of your belongings moved, but you have to make changes to your medical care facilities. So, when you get to your new home town, do you know what health care clinics you can rely on for the care of your family? Will you couple your family's healthcare with both a clinic and a PCP? This blog will give you several suggestions about how to manage the changes in your family's healthcare adaptations to ensure you receive the best possible care in your new home town.
When people feel the need to go to the hospital emergency department, they sometimes feel that the best choice is to take a car. They may attempt to drive themselves or have a friend or family member drive them. In most cases, they're trying to avoid being billed for ambulance services.
However, this is rarely a wise choice in a truly critical health situation. In fact, it can sometimes be life-threatening. Paramedics are trained to stabilize emergency patients while en-route to the hospital and they can call ahead to inform the hospital of what they can expect. To help you understand how paramedics can help you, read on to learn three reasons why it's a good idea to call for ambulance transport when you need emergency services.
1. Paramedics Can Report the Situation Ahead of Time
One of the most important tasks that ambulance crews perform is keeping in touch with the emergency department you're going to. When they arrive, they'll do a quick assessment in order to determine what you may need once you arrive at the hospital, and they'll phone the emergency department provider on a special emergency line if they need to start preparations.
For example, if the ambulance crew thinks that you may be having a stroke, they'll call the nearest emergency department with the capability to handle it. The hospital will begin preparing for an immediate CT scan in order to see what type of stroke you may have and contact the on-call neurologist to get them on standby. For emergencies where immediate intervention is life-saving, calling an ambulance can greatly improve your chance of a good outcome.
2. Paramedics Can Perform Emergency Medical Procedures While You're in Transit
When you're in an ambulance, you'll have a paramedic by your side at all times. They're able to perform some emergency medical interventions on their own if the situation requires it. For example, they can give you oxygen if you're having trouble breathing and your blood oxygen saturation is dipping dangerously low. If your heart stops or you stop breathing entirely, they can immediately begin CPR.
Ambulance teams don't have the full kit of medicine available to them, but they can certainly help you stay alive until you arrive safely at the hospital.
3. Paramedics Are Capable of Driving to the Hospital Faster and Can Avoid Becoming Entangled in Traffic
Finally, ambulances can typically get to the emergency department quicker than you could, even when you include the time it takes to pick you up. They don't have to obey the speed limit and they can clear traffic jams easily by turning on the siren. If you get stuck in traffic when you're in a critical health situation, it may quickly turn dire.
Overall, calling an ambulance service when you're having a medical emergency is the smart choice. In a life-threatening situation, you'll be able to get to the hospital and receive the treatment you need faster. It's not a wise idea to risk your health by trying to avoid an emergency transport bill.Share
17 February 2020