Summer is almost here and with it comes an increased need for emergency medical care. Many people think about visiting the doctor for emergencies related to having the flu or other winter type illnesses. However, during the summer, people are far more active and more likely to get into an accident that requires medical attention.
Here are some of the reasons patients visit our office during the summer for emergency medical care:
1. Boating accidents
Boating accidents are more common than they seem. Whether they happen on a speedboat, a canoe or paddleboard, boating accidents often lead to broken bones, head injuries, cuts, lesions or sprains that need treatment. We can treat patients quickly so that they can begin the recovery process.
2. Playground accidents
As kids head to the parks and playgrounds for afternoon fun, there tends to be an increase in playground accidents. Falling off the slide can lead to a broken bone, for example. Some kids visit because they sprain their ankles when running around, as another example. Whatever the problem may be, we are here to help.
3. Biking accidents
We cannot stress enough the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike. Unfortunately, many children and parents still fail to do so. Biking accidents are common and when they happen, head injuries are the likely result. It is important to seek medical attention immediately following a bicycle accident.
4. Bites and stings
People are not the only ones that are out more during the summer months. Animals and insects are as well. This can lead to an increase in mosquito bites, tics and bee stings. All of which can require medical help, especially if someone develops an allergic reaction. If there is any swelling near the area that looks abnormal or there begins to be a bull's-eye like shape around the bite, it could be indicative of an infection that requires treatment.
Naturally, if someone swells up and experiences difficulty breathing, it is important to take them to the emergency room right away. Otherwise, we can treat these conditions in our office.
5. Swimming accidents
We also treat injuries that occur while swimming in a pool or other bodies of water. Signs saying "walk, don't run," around the pool are there for a reason. Still, many children do not pay attention and start running at the local pool, slip and fall. This can lead to a variety of injuries including breaks and sprains. We can examine and treat a child who is hurt while playing at the pool.
Call us today
When it comes to emergency medical care, patients typically have two choices – visit us or head to the ER. In order to determine the level of care a patient needs, it is crucial to call a medical professional or emergency service. If the patient is not in excruciating pain or bleeding out, then seeking treatment at our facility is beneficial.
However, if the injury is serious, then we recommend seeking emergency care. For more information on our services or to schedule an appointment, call us today.