The next time you’re in the emergency room, make sure you’re taking all the precautions necessary.
“If you don’t have the proper precautions, you can get sick,” said Dr. Joseph E. Langer, chairman of the emergency medicine department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
Here are five common mistakes to watch out for when you’re having emergency care: 1.
Don’t go to the ER when you feel sick.
“The next time your child has a cough or a fever, don’t go there,” Langer said.
“You can get caught in a situation that you don: 1) shouldn’t have been in, and 2) is the risk you’re putting your child at.”
If you think your child is having a fever or cough, seek immediate medical attention.
“That’s the last thing you want,” he said.
Get a nurse or doctor in the room when you have a problem.
“Don’t wait for the nurse or physician to come to you,” said Langer.
“They can help you solve the problem,” he added.
“But you’ll be surprised what they can’t.”
Don.t. leave your child unattended.
“It’s a great idea to have someone in the waiting room with you,” Lander said.
You may need to call a friend or someone else to help you and then return to the hospital to take care of the situation.
“And if you’re feeling more isolated or under pressure to be home, it can be a good idea to get help from a friend.”
Stay with the doctor until he/she diagnoses you.
“At the beginning of your care, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and you don,t want to be in the middle of a complex and difficult case,” said Mark K. Schoen, a trauma surgeon at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
But if your child shows symptoms of a disease or infection, you’ll want to go to a doctor or a nurse practitioner, he said, so you can be checked for symptoms, the most important symptom being your child’s temperature.
And when you’ve gotten a diagnosis of a problem, your doctor or nurse practitioner can take steps to control the situation, such as taking your child to the emergency department, taking him/her home, or providing antibiotics and fluids.
Get help when you can’t be there.
“When you’re home, you have to have your baby at your side, you’ve got to be there for him/ her,” said Schoen.
“So you can try to take that step when you know there are no other options.”
If your child seems unwell, don.t wait to be able to get out of the room.
“Make sure you get to the next appointment,” Langers suggested.
“Just be sure to be with your child, stay there, get the care you need.”
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