Posted March 03, 2018 07:51:31 There is a difference between “needlessly” and “unnecessarily” venturing to a hospital.
The term “unnecessary” means the circumstances exist that would lead someone to believe venturing there is the safest option, and “necessary” is more about the fact that it is an emergency.
If you’re venturing in an emergency, consider the potential for harm and whether you want to risk your life to go.
Dr. James E. Nesbitt, who runs the University of Utah’s emergency department, said there is no way to predict the impact of venturing.
But he added that “if you’re going to vent, make sure you’re comfortable and have a plan.”
Dr. Neesbitt said a patient who has a life-threatening emergency should be allowed to leave the hospital and be on his own.
“You’re not taking a risk,” he said.
“If you don’t have the best chance of survival, you’re not going to have the safest choice.”
Elderly patients who are venturing are at a greater risk of serious harm, he said, and the risk increases if they stay longer than 72 hours.
He noted that many elderly patients are also at risk of getting a stroke and dying.
Elders can’t go to a nursing home, which can result in a lack of oxygen and other issues.
For these patients, Dr. Erenberg said, you have to be more cautious and do the best you can with what you have.
If you’re worried about venturing and the risks, you should talk to a doctor, Dr Darnell said.
He recommends calling the emergency department to see if they have a waiting list for an appointment.
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