If you or a loved one isn't feeling well, how do you know if you should go to the emergency room? In this timeless Patient Power program, host Andrew Schorr is joined by Dr. John Milne to discuss emergency medicine, when you should visit the ER and when you should wait. Dr. Milne is the Co-Director of the emergency room at the Swedish Medical Center campus in Issaquah.
The discussion begins with Dr. Milne giving advice on how to approach the need for an emergency room visit. He talks about resources and steps to take when making your decision. The interview then moves on to addressing common conditions such as chest pain, signs of stroke, asthma and allergic reactions. Dr. Milne explains the ABCs: airway, breathing, circulation, which help one decide if an ER visit is critical and when it is okay to just wait. Chronic conditions are also common reasons to visit the ER. Dr. Milne details the importance of communicating medications you are on, allergies and other conditions you may be living with to your ER physician so they can provide you with the best care.
Dr. Milne closes the program with a discussion of the key points about the emergency room, how to be prepared and when to trust your instincts. He also talks about the new facility - the emergency room at the Swedish Medical Center campus in Issaquah is equipped with 14 beds, a staff of seasoned emergency room nurses and physicians all board-certified in emergency medicine. If you’ve ever had doubts about whether or not to call for help or visit the emergency room, this program can provide you with tools to take appropriate action.
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