Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partnership with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Let’s face it, having kids is an incredible journey, and sometimes that can lead us into an emergency situation. I can remember the concerned status of a high fever, congestion, and the unavoidable stomach virus and vomiting that seemed to never end. As new parents, it is hard to know what the best plan of action is, between extreme fatigue and uncertainty. Making decisions on lack of sleep can be very difficult.
Even though my kids are older now, they are still having their share of medical emergencies. Last summer, I wrote about my daughter’s broken arm and what we learned. I felt it was important to attend an extremely important and relevant presentation by Dr. Neal Shipley at the brand new Northwell Health-GoHealthUrgent Care located at 145 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I’d like to share with my readers some important information that will help know when to bring your children to an Urgent Care and when you should straight to the ER.The first topic that was addressed was the plethora of medical resources available today. It is not wonder parents can be completely confused as to what to do with their children. Here are some of the most common scenarios that families encounter and what they may select as a medical option:
Handle the problem at home. Many minor injuries and illnesses, including some cuts, certain types of rashes, coughs, colds, scrapes, and bruises, can be handled with home care and overthe-counter (OTC) treatments.
Call your doctor. If you’re unsure of the level of medical care your child needs, your doctor — or a nurse who works in the office — can help you decide what steps to take and how.
Visit an urgent care center. An urgent care center can be a good option for non-emergencies at night and on weekends when your doctor may not be in the office. At these centers, you can usually get things like X-rays, stitches, and care for minor injuries that aren’t life threatening yet require medical attention on the same day.
Visit a hospital emergency room. An ER — also called an emergency department (ED) — can handle a wide variety of serious problems, such as severe bleeding, head trauma, seizures, meningitis, breathing difficulties, dehydration, and serious bacterial infections.
Call 911 for an ambulance. Some situations are so serious that you need the help of trained medical personnel on the way to the hospital. These might include if your child: has been in a car accident, has a head or neck injury, has ingested too much
medication and is now hard to rouse, or is not breathing or is turning blue. In these cases, dial 911 for an ambulance.
I can personally share that my son had an injury to the head and it was bleeding a lot. It was in that moment, and thankfully another mother was with me, that it was decided to go to the Emergency Room. The cut looked pretty deep and we wanted to make certain that no trauma to the brain may have incurred. Here are some other reasons to call an ambulance and go right away to the ER:
-If your child has difficulty breathing or shortness of breath or is turning blue, or where the child is wheezing too much to count to ten, or a baby is wheezing too much to drink or nurse, is having a seizure; -If your child is less than 3 months old and has a fever > 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or higher;
-If your child has had a change in mental status, such as suddenly becoming unusually sleepy or difficult to wake, disoriented, or confused;
-If your child has a stiff neck along with a fever and a rash;
-A large cut to the head, chest, or abdomen or where bleeding won’t stop after 5 minutes of direct pressure or especially in younger children who need sedation or behavioral support while the laceration is being repaired;
-Has an electric shock from an outlet or a chewed wire;
-Significant burns, as judged any blister greater than the size of the child’s palm. Any burn with smoke, gas or heated air inhalation needs the ED;
-If your child accidentally ingests a poisonous substance or too much medication or a button battery or a magnet; if your teenager seems to be taking illegal drugs and is acutely intoxicated;
-If your child has had head trauma and was unconscious or is acting confused If you child has severe abdominal pain with fever and is vomiting over and over again;
The convenience and location of this new facility in Williamsburg was ideal for any family. However, it is not a substitute for your regular pediatrician because:
Your child should have a medical home where all their care can be coordinated and they can receive preventative care Chronic (long term) concerns (growth, constipation, acne, headaches) are better handled longitudinally Complex Medical Conditions that require specialty consultation Behavioral issues, including concerns for drug use Well visits Immunizations – ideally done at medical home so records remain complete I was very impressed with Dr. Neal Shipley, he was very calm and did a fantastic job of explaining very frightening situations to families. The other very competent and qualified medical staff and testing options you will find at a GOHEALTH URGENT CARE include:
▪ Provider – MD/DO or PA/NP
▪ Rapid on site testing for Strep, Flu , Mono, Urine
▪ Wound glue, suturing capability, IV fluids
▪ Onsite x-rays
▪ Blood testing
▪ Oral medications
▪ Care supported by on-call MD all hours of operation
▪ Prompt referrals to Northwell affiliated hospitals, ED’s and specialists
Having been through our share of broken bones, head injuries, flu, and seizures in these short years (my oldest is 12), I feel even more confident with the health support and medical capabilities of the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers. Especially when your regular doctor is not in and you want great care and fast. This is when you go to the Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care:
Upper Respiratory Infections: Viral upper respiratory infections (involving the throat, nose or trachea) were the number one reason for pediatric visits, making up for about 12% of all visits
Fever: Fevers are one of the most common reasons for pediatric urgent care
Ear Pain: Not all cases of ear pain turn out to be an ear infection (otitis media), so a doctors evaluation can help decide if antibiotics are needed
Superficial Injuries: Wound care and prompt treatment can prevent complications like infections or scarring
Sprains and Strains: These become more and more common as kids get older and more active. Sprains are more serious than strains, and they indicate a potential injury to a ligament
Something else that I would like to share about Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is that you can check-in from your computer or mobile device. Avoid long lines and have the center notify you when they are ready to see you! You know, my husband is not a fan of waiting in Emergency Rooms. Not only is a long wait, but what if you catch something else why you are waiting??? This is why I really like this option.
Now that the school year is coming to a close, camp registration is upon us and health forms and Camp Physicals are needed. There is a special promotion going on right now and Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is offering a $50 Camp Physicals (Manhattan and Brooklyn only).
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