What You Can Do To Help Alleviate The Pressure On The Emergency Department
If you are ill and you think you need to come to the emergency department, by all means, don't hesitate to do so. However, there are some proactive measures you can take to reduce your chances of getting seriously ill.
- Get a flu shot. Although emergency room pressures are not directly related to flu, the severity of patients illnesses can be increased if they contract the flu which in turn can require their admission to hospital. The greater number of patients requiring admission, the greater risk of gridlock in the emergency department.
- See you family doctor for non-urgent medical conditions. If you need to see a doctor, but your condition is not urgent (requiring immediate attention), it is best to make an appointment with your family doctor, or visit an after-hours clinic. This will reduce pressure on the emergency department.
- Do not visit patients in the hospital if you are not feeling well. Patients in hospital already have compromised immune systems. If you are not well, you could be spreading germs to others while you are visiting in hospital.
- Keep healthy and exercise regularly.