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When to go to A&E

It can be difficult to decide when to visit the hospital or seek medical attention, especially in this age of COVID. It’s possible to be afraid of going, even if it’s necessary.
Maintaining your health means that you address any potential health issues as they occur. You can get evaluated by your primary physician via telemedicine or visit an emergency room or urgent care (ER) if necessary.

It can be hard to recognize when it is appropriate. It is crucial to recognize the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency.

Understanding the types of COVID services available to patients in an ER, and how to recognize severe COVID symptoms can help you save time at the emergency department.

When should you go to the hospital?

Hospitals can reduce non-emergency visits and increase their ability to treat patients in urgent care.
Signs and symptoms of a Medical Emergency

These symptoms could indicate a life-threatening emergency:

Difficulty in breathing, shortness or difficulty of breath
Pressure or pain in the chest or upper abdomen
A feeling of weakness, dizziness, or sudden dizziness?
Vision changes
Mental status changes or confusion
Any severe or sudden pain
Uncontrolled bleeding
Persistent or severe vomiting or diarrhea
Vomiting blood or coughing
It is difficult to speak

It is crucial to seek immediate help for heart attacks and strokes. These medical emergencies have a direct impact on the speed at which treatment is received. Coronavirus fears may lead to serious consequences if you delay getting care.

Patients with medical conditions that could increase their chances of suffering a medical emergency during the pandemic should consult their doctor.
Going to the Hospital for COVID
What are your symptoms?

Even if you have mild or moderate symptoms, a positive COVID test does not necessarily indicate that you should visit the emergency room. COVID is a mild condition that most people can treat at home.

Some people may have more severe symptoms than others, especially if they have other conditions. These are the most serious symptoms:

Trouble breathing
Persistent pain in the chest or pressure
No more confusion
Blue lips or blue face

Call your doctor if you have any questions regarding your symptoms.

If you feel your symptoms could be life-threatening, dial 911 immediately or visit the ER.
COVID Testing and Treatment in an Emergency Department

Patients with severe symptoms or those who need to be admitted are not eligible for testing for COVID. If you have mild or moderate symptoms of COVID or are asymptomatic, your primary care provider should refer you to a COVID testing specialist.
Infusion therapy for mild to moderate COVID using monoclonal antibodies is not offered in University of Maryland Medical System’s emergency rooms.

Learn more about the Maryland Department of Health’s COVID treatment options.
When should you seek urgent care?

Many conditions can be treated immediately at urgent care centers. Some even offer telemedicine. These are some of the most common conditions that can be treated in urgent care centers:

Allergy reactions
Broken bones
Symptoms of cold and flu
Concussion symptoms
Needle-based stitches for cuts
Insect bite
Mild fevers
Minor burns
Pink eye
Sprains and strains

Call or visit the website of the urgent-care you have chosen to get information about their hours and the services they offer before you go.
When should you visit the doctor?

Health problems that can be treated sooner than later are better than those that need emergency treatment. You can sometimes cause irreversible damage if you delay getting treatment. If wounds aren’t properly cared for, they can become infected and require more extensive treatment than usual. Intclinics can help find your nearest ER.

It is important to maintain social distancing, but you should still visit the doctor for regular wellness exams. It is crucial to go to routine vaccinations for children to prevent them from getting other diseases.

Your primary care doctor might offer you an in-person or telehealth visit depending on your situation. Talk to your doctor about the type of visit that might be best for you.

Telemedicine Visits

Telehealth evaluations can be used to address non-urgent issues such as routine appointments and wound evaluations.

Many UMMS doctors and urgent care centers can evaluate you via telemedicine. This means that you don’t have to travel far to get a doctor’s evaluation.

Telemedicine appointments can be arranged for non-emergency cases. To learn more about your individual health needs, consult your doctor.
Coronavirus: Hospital Safety

The pandemic is causing problems in hospitals across the country. Hospitals are still safe places to seek care, despite this.

The University of Maryland Medical System hospitals have a variety of safety measures in place. These include:

Separate patients with COVID symptoms and those without symptoms
Everyone entering the hospital must wear a mask
Enacting strict visitor guidelines