Is Pneumonia an Emergency?
Like many common illnesses, pneumonia is typically simple to treat. However, under certain circumstances, this illness has the potential to develop into more severe conditions. Learn about pneumonia and what can increase your risk of developing complications so you can be prepared should symptoms arise.
Tips for Taking an Autistic Loved One to the ER
Going to the emergency room under any circumstance can be incredibly stressful. However, bringing someone with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can be overwhelming for both of you. People with autism often have sensory issues, which means that the bright lights, loud noises, and large amounts of people that accompany a typical ER waiting room can be almost too much to handle. Should you ever need to take a loved one with autism to the ER, follow these tips for a smoother experience.
12 Signs of Diabetic Ketoacidosis You Need to Know
If you have diabetes, you’ve probably heard about diabetic ketoacidosis, or DKA, from your doctor. Unlike ketosis, which is a harmless state of fat-burning resulting from a low-carb diet, diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency. Learn more about this condition and the steps you can take to avoid it.
Why You Should Go to the ER After a TBI
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are frightening events. Symptoms might not immediately appear following an injury to the head, and some people may insist they feel normal and don’t need to go to the hospital. However, a TBI can cause an epidural hematoma, or a pooling of blood inside the skull. This is a medical emergency and requires immediate attention. Learn why you should go to the emergency room following any significant head injury.
Are You at Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
According to the CDC, there are about 20,000 emergency room visits for carbon monoxide poisoning in the United States every year. Carbon monoxide is incredibly dangerous and nearly impossible for a human to detect, so how can you protect yourself? Learn how you can keep your family safe and what to do if you suspect carbon monoxide poisoning.
Plan For It: Thanksgiving Emergency Checklist | St. Luke's Health
Thanksgiving is a time to gather together with family and friends and reflect on all you’re thankful for. However, it’s also one of the busiest times for emergency departments. Use this checklist to limit your risk of the most common Thanksgiving emergencies, and rest assured that there’s a St. Luke’s Health Emergency Services provider near you. Download Checklist Find
On the Rise: The #1 Cause of Accidental Death
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 72,000 people died in 2017 from drug overdoses, making it the leading cause of accidental death for Americans under the age of 50. These statistics are staggering, but medical intervention can save lives. Learn about some of the different classes of drugs and different symptoms of overdoses so you can identify a medical emergency when the clock is ticking.
5 Harmful Medication Interactions You Need to Know
You have a headache, so you reach for the aspirin. But wait—will it interact with your current medications? Learn about some common medication interactions so you can avoid a dangerous situation.
Plan for It: Electric Shock First Aid
The amount of damage an electric current can cause is, well, shocking. Electricity running through the body can result in many disastrous injuries, including broken bones and cardiac arrest. Learn what steps you should take to keep everyone as safe as possible in the event of an electric shock.
Plan for It: How to Perform CPR | St. Luke's Health
If someone collapses in front of you, how would you respond? Being prepared allows you to take charge of the situation and potentially save a life. If you have not been professionally trained in CPR, or are a little rusty, hands-only CPR without rescue breaths is the way to go. Follow this guide to learn about hands-only CPR for teens and adults.
4 Steps to Take When Someone Passes Out | Imagine Better Health | CHI St. Luke's Health
Watching someone pass out can be frightening, and you might feel helpless if you don’t know the proper ways to care for him or her. Here’s everything you need to keep in mind if you witness someone lose consciousness.