Murphy’s Law With Medical Emergencies

Health Watch

Anyone who’s ever tried to plan an event knows how fast an emergency can happen. Whether it’s a big event, like your son or daughter’s wedding, or small event, like taking your family to the beach for the afternoon, unexpected “emergencies” always have the opportunity to happen.

Most people know Murphy’s Law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”

This summer, let’s hope whatever does go wrong doesn’t turn into a medical emergency. If it does, you have resources in our area to help.

To begin with, never forget to call 911 for medical emergencies. Whether somebody is choking at a picnic, if somebody falls while hiking, or if somebody is experiencing shortness of breath while being outside and exposed to hot temperatures, don’t be afraid to call 911 when you need assistance.

A visit to the emergency department of your local hospital is the next thing to consider. If someone breaks a bone or cuts themself and may need stitches, visit the emergency department. What about a bee sting causing an allergic reaction? If you are experiencing anything more than minor swelling, go to your emergency department and seek medical help. Allergic reactions may happen with little warning and may become deadly.

Lastly, express care medical centers are always an option. From minor earaches, to major illnesses, express care medical centers are in the area for your consideration. After all, even if you tell your children the doctor’s office closes at 5 p.m., they still may run a very high fever at 7 o’clock at night.

Perhaps your earache started off minor but didn’t go away, and is now so bad you can’t eat dinner or concentrate on reading the newspaper. This earache doesn’t warrant a trip to the emergency room, and that’s when your express care medical center helps.

If your primary care physician can’t see you on the same day, and you’re not “sick enough” to visit the emergency department, an express care medical center will get you in, out, and back to healthy as soon as possible.

So, while you’re out enjoying everything the Upper Peninsula has to offer, remember where to turn in the event of an emergency. And let’s hope that Murphy’s Law does not cause you to miss out on anything this summer.

Bruce Anderson is a nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department and Express Care for UP Health System-Portage hospital in Hancock.