Understanding and Receiving Urgent Care
To get medical attentions at a right time and location in a right way decides if the outcome of your medical care be either bad or fair or good. That may even affect your life or death. Hence, it is imperative to know when, where, what, and how to do so to get a right good care.
To address and solve these common important concerns for good right medical care comprises the discussions below.
After reading and understanding this article, you surely gain enough insights on how to work closer and better with the doctors who may attend your urgent concern. As a result, a good outcome with time-/ life-/ cost-saving, less mental and physical stress, and suffering will naturally come to your way and assured. So, read on…
What are the common basic issues deciding if you will get adequate medical care or not?
They are to know:
- What is a disease or sickness?
- What is optimal care?
- How urgent do you need to see the doctors?
- What should you do so doctors can take care of you in a timely and efficient manner?
- What are the possible dispositions of your care?
What is a disease or sickness?
Feeling mentally or/and physically uncomfortable or someone telling you that you do not look right suggests you have a disease and should seek a timely medical attention. However, feeling uncomfortable is subjective and its perceived degree may widely vary among people depending on and reflecting their individual mental and physical health and capacity. Despite these, any newly or suddenly developing symptoms should alert you to seek medical attention in a timely fashion; never try to wait out.
Then the issues of How soon? Where to go? How to handle it? will naturally come up to your mind; you are worrying.
What is the optimal care?
Getting the best care is most desirable. In reality, nothing could be best or perfect, but reasonable, depending on the situation or environment you are in considering your personal aassessment and availability of medical facility or professionals, and how all desired steps may be executed.
When should you seek medical attention?
The timing of care may be classified as non-urgent, urgent, and emergent. Any newly developing discomfort should alert an urgent or emergent attention common examples are:
- Pain: If in the chest, consider cardiac events and do not wait and speculate; if in the flank or back or upper abdomen, consider possible stone passage, gallbladder stone attack, … or even an expanding aortic aneurysm;…
- Fever of clear reasons with/without local or regional symptoms like those from urinary tract infection (UTI), kidney infection (pyelonephritis), gallbladder stone/infection, etc.
- The physical and mental instability which makes you unable to handle daily chore and tasks of living. You may have a difficulty to stand up with dizziness, commonly related to low blood pressure (hypotension). At times, sudden turn of major depression may make you incapable to get on.
For those known recurrent but bearable events could be classified as non-urgent, but still advised to be checked over for sure within 1-2 days.
Occasionally, you may not feel anything wrong but someone around you noticing and telling you that you do not look right, like looking pale or gaunt. The conditions with this feature are usually chronic like ones with chronic kidney failure or liver disease.
All in all, we have to exercise common sense to trust what the body may tell or show us what is going wrong; do not wait, especially something new and/or unbearable.
What should you do so doctors can take care of you timely and efficiently?
Feeling something not right should alert you to observe and collect all the related symptoms stressing the sequence of events focusing on their onset, degree or intensity, duration, interval, possible progress, fluctuation, evolution, and resolution, and bring this information to the attending doctors for analysis. At seeing doctors, make sure to answer the questions whatever the doctors may ask.
Together, a best possible history-taking can be obtained to help deduce a best possible diagnosis after a timely proper physical examination plus testing has been carried out.
What are the possible dispositions of your care?
Most commonly, you may just go home with certain medication and related instructions. If the diagnosis is right and medication is helpful, you expect to feel better. But at times the clinical course may not run as usually expected to be better; instead, becoming worse as warned, you should keep a close contact with the doctors for potentially modifying the course of care timely.
Occasionally, you may be placed in the facility for observation so to timely rule out some more serious events, or rarely you may be directly admitted for acute care to deal with some emergent illnesses like heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, respiratory distress, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, etc.
In short, working closely with the doctors as described will be the best bet you have to get the best possible care with/without medication and/or surgery/procedures at a reasonable time in a reasonable fashion, although in reality medical professionals have never really cured anything for anyone yet.
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