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When to Take Your Child to the Emergency Room

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 25, 2016 8:30:00 AM

Kids bump and bang their way through their early years. They also pick up nasty bugs.

They are kids. That's what they do.

For parents, especially new parents, realizing the seriousness of injury or illness can be agonizing.

A ding to the head can cause a lot of bleeding (compared to a scrape on the knee) - simply because there are more blood vessels in the noggin. A fever spike usually can be treated with a small dose of Tylenol and a cool cloth.

When, though, should you scoop up the child and head to the Emergency Room - or, in more urgent cases, dial 911?

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Topics: Emergency

Diabetics Need Immediate First Aid for Low Blood Sugars

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Diabetics, diagnosed as someone with extraordinarily high blood sugars, sometimes experience quite the opposite. And when they do, it is important to treat low blood sugar conditions promptly.

Hypoglycemia can happen when diabetics take too much insulin, don’t consume enough calories or expend more energy than planned.

A blood glucose level of less than 70 mg/dl is generally considered low, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center. Severely low blood sugar levels can lead to a coma or could be fatal.

If detected quickly, low blood sugars can be treated at home without having to make a trip to the doctor or emergency room. That is why it is important for family members, friends or caretakers to recognize the signs of hypoglycemia and know how to respond.

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Topics: Emergency, Diabetes

Primary Care vs. Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: How to Decide

Posted by Beth Ross on Feb 2, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When a sudden illness or accident strikes you, your child, or aging parent, it can be confusing and stressful to decide where to go for help.

Naturally, in severe or life-threatening emergencies we know to call 911. However, those times that fall in the gray area of "should I take my child to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room" can be fraught with worry and concern.

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Topics: Emergency, Primary Care

Important Items to Take to the Emergency Room

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jan 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The decisions are quick, peppered with lots of stress and adrenaline.

When someone needs immediate care, it is difficult to think about anything other than getting them to the hospital. At best, you are dealing with someone's need for emergency care. At worst, you are trying to save their life.

Unless you are doing life-saving measures such as CPR, there are ways you can help prepare someone for a trip to the Emergency Room.

If paramedics have arrived and are rendering first aid, you should take a few moments to gather some important items that will be needed upon arrival to the Emergency Room.

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Topics: Emergency

Pool Safety: Tips for Keeping Kids Safe Around the Pool

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Jul 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

As summer warms up (and for us Hoosiers, we're hoping it dries up, too!), you will likely be spending more time at the pool with your kids. Swimming pools and other water activities can be a lot of fun, but they an also be very dangerous. The second leading cause of death in children is drowning. Every year nearly 1,000 children drown. Most of them drown in home swimming pools. 

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Topics: Emergency, Moms

Understanding and Dealing with Postpartum Depression

Posted by Beth Ross on Mar 17, 2015 10:30:00 AM

The birth of a baby is a very exciting time. You may be overcome with joy. You may be nervous about the road ahead. You may also feel something you didn’t expect -- Depression.

Postpartum depression is a type of depression that some women get after giving birth. This isn’t just the baby blues, or anxiety about the future which usually subsides within a couple of weeks after giving birth. Postpartum depression is more serious and should not be brushed off.



What is the difference between baby blues and depression?

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Topics: Emergency, Birth, Maternity Care, Moms, Johnson County Moms