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If you are a senior citizen or caring for one, it’s important to know when it’s appropriate to go to the emergency room (ER). Here are some guidelines to help you make that decision:
- Assess the severity of the symptoms: If the symptoms are severe, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, sudden onset of confusion, or loss of consciousness, then it’s important to seek immediate medical attention at the ER.
- Consider the potential risks: If the symptoms are not severe, but there is a risk of complications or serious harm if left untreated, then it’s also important to go to the ER. For example, if an older person has a fever and is dehydrated, they may need IV fluids and close monitoring to prevent more serious complications.
- Consult a healthcare professional: If you’re unsure about whether or not to go to the ER, it’s always a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional. This can be a doctor, nurse, or even a pharmacist who can provide advice on what to do.
- Don’t hesitate to call 911: If you or a senior citizen is experiencing a medical emergency, such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, or loss of consciousness, call 911 immediately. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, and emergency services can provide prompt medical attention.
In general, it’s important to err on the side of caution when it comes to the health of seniors. If in doubt, seek medical attention right away.