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HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital Shares Important Message During COVID-19 Pandemic: Don’t Delay Emergency Care

Heart attacks, strokes, accidents and injuries: These are just a few examples of medical emergencies that can occur at any time, in any place and to any one – even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham reminds all area communities it is open and available to provide all types of emergency medical care, 24/7, regardless of the current public health crisis.

recent report from the American College of Emergency Physicians states some emergency departments across the country are seeing a reduction in patient volumes, as well as patients delaying seeking medical care for non-COVID-19 related emergencies – potentially due to patients being concerned about contracting COVID-19 during a hospital visit or overwhelming health care workers.

“We urge our community members to never forgo or delay seeking medical care for any type of emergency, even in the midst of a pandemic,” says Dr. Alex You, emergency medicine physician and medical director of St. Anthony’s emergency department. “We have highly-skilled, compassionate providers ready to care for you and protocols in place to prevent the spread of all infectious diseases, including COVID-19.”

The following are some examples of symptoms/incidents in which a trip to the emergency department or call to 911 would be necessary:

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Sudden changes in vision
  • Sudden confusion
  • Injury due to accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wounds or other serious injuries
  • Choking
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Head or spine injury

Article from HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital