Viruses, quarantines, masks, and more. It’s difficult to navigate during a pandemic and going to the hospital is no exception. Using telehealth services and staying home when ill are not options during an emergency event. Thankfully, there are precautions you can take to remain safe when seeking emergency medical care for yourself or a loved one.

When to Seek Help

Johns Hopkins Medicine recommends going to the emergency department of your local hospital if you’re experiencing any of the following:

  • Symptoms of a heart attack
  • Symptoms of a stroke
  • Unexplained or worsening breathing problems
  • High fever
  • Broken bones
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe injury or trauma

Other illnesses or injuries could also constitute a visit to the hospital. In life-threatening situations, be sure to call 911.

Come Prepared

Depending on the nature of your medical need, you may have time to come prepared to the emergency department. If possible, wear masks upon entering the building. Follow all social distancing protocols when standing in line or waiting to be seen. Bring hand sanitizer with you to use after checking into the hospital.

Stay Vigilant

The medical professionals in our local emergency departments are making a tremendous effort to keep patients and employees safe from the virus. However, if you ever feel unsafe or witness a staff member behaving in a way that doesn’t follow safety protocol then do not hesitate to speak up. The people treating your medical emergency are required to wear protective medical equipment to keep both of you safe. They will also be able to provide you with a mask, if needed. Most emergency departments will allow the injured person one visitor to be with them during the visit to help.

Call The James Law Firm

Even with your best effort, medical accidents can still happen. The James Law Firm has the experience, compassion, and knowledge needed to tackle even the most complex medical cases. If you’re a victim and have been injured anywhere in Iowa, don’t hesitate to call us today at 515-246-8484. We represent clients in Des Moines, Davenport/Quad Cities, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and more. We will travel to help you!

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