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14B Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter,' When to go to the Emergency Department Stephen Alford, RN Where can I go for medical help when my primary care physlclen is uneviitabte? Deciding whether to go to the emergency room or the urgent care clinic is a common dilemma. Urgent care clinics are genera[sly more appropriate for tess serious injuries or iL[tnesses and their fees are [tess than that at an emergency department in a hospital The foil[owing [test doesn't include every potential, condition that requires treatment, but does offer some general guide[tines. If you have the following symptoms, you should go to the nearest hospital emergency room: Chest pain Difficulty breathing Abdominal pain Walk a Mile in Their Shoes JOiD Banner Lassen-Medical Center in supporting the 2nd annual event and Chil.i Cook-Off to raise awareness of domestic violence, violence against children and sexual, abuse. Saturday, April 25 I0 a.m, -- 2 p,rn. - SusanviUe Memorial Park and Commurdty Cenh:~r V Register for free at or Loss Qf consciousness Poisoning or overdose Heavy or uncontrolled bleeding Doctor's Day Sudden change in mental ability Sudden onset of sharp or severe pain Sudden severe headache Dislocated joint National Doctors' Day is March 30, 2015. P[teaseJoin Banner Health In saying thanks for the contribution of art the physicians who serve our patients. Broken bones with deformity or that break the skin ! Vaginal. b[teeding during a pregnancy Major burn Severe reaction to an insect bite, medication or food The Painful Reality of Migraines Think that persistent. throbbing ache is A visit to urgent care is generaLLy more appropriate if you have: jusHr yourhi ad? Think again, Though Minor burns or injuries everyone gets the occasional headache, ,, Minor cuts It is estimated that about 12 percent of Sore throat Americans. about Sprains or strains 30 mtttion people, ~, tufter from migraine CoLd or f[tu symptoms headaches, Ear infections Migraines are a neurological disorder in which a person suffers recurrent mtxlerata to severe headaches tl~t worsen MJ[td asthma during routine physical activity and can Last from four hours to three or more clays when teft untreated, Though anyone Animal bites can suffer from migraines, they are most common between Minor broken bones thQ ages of 30 and 60, and women are three times as Ukety to get them as men, ,, Urinary tract infection Oft , migraines wttL present on one side of th head and If you have any doubt, treat it as an emergency and come to . may be exacerbated by Light, sound, or strong scents, [eadlng the emergency department, tO n~, Those who suffer migraines are also more likely to suff~ from dal~euton. ~nxtety. fatigue, steep disorders. and other pidn disorders, Migraine headaches ere a heavy burden, They am estimated to cost Americans more than About the Ex pert S20 billion annually in medtcai costs and missed work and productivity, causing the World HeaLth OrganiRation to Stephen ALford, RN, is the senior nurse manager in the Emergency department at dettare them oneof the ;20 most dtsabUng illnesses, Banner Lessen Medical Center. His training inc[tudes certification in ACLS, BLS, TNCC as welt as being a PALS instructor. At BLMC, he is the rural te[temedicine coordinator, chairs the Code BLue and Patient Experience committees, and is a member of If you have chronic migraines or migraines that are not responding to treatment, your provider may the Hazardous Materials committee as we[tit as the Lassen County Emergency : recommend you see a neurologist. Learn more Management Coa[tition. Stephen also has specialized emergency preparedness :: about migraines in our l nner HeaLth A-Z HeaLth training in the areas of rural trauma, Ebota and hazmat, i Library at www.l n t Ltl c m/L en. T =