Where will you go in an emergency?
Emergency care opens windows into the daily life of a community. Its patients span universes: the 2-year old victim of accidental poisoning; a high-school student with a fractured arm; a middle-aged woman experiencing heart-attack symptoms. This year area residents will make over 30,000 such visits to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital's Emergency Department.
You never plan to visit the emergency department. It just happens, and usually when you least expect it. The Emergency Department at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital is equipped to care for all minor and major emergencies 24-hours a day, year round. Medical care is provided by a full staff of nurses and physicians with special training and expertise in emergency medicine. The door is always open for walk-in emergencies. Once here, you will be seen according to the nature and severity of your medical status and will be treated in a timely, professional and caring fashion.
Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the Untied States and the leading cause of disability. But fast treatment can reduce or even prevent disability. Remember—with stroke, time is essential. When you or someone you love is having a stroke, every minute counts. It’s important to call 9-1-1 and get to the Certified Stroke Center at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Emergency Department.
The Certified Stroke Center at Memorial Hospital participates in the American Stroke Association’s Get with the Guidelines Program—Stroke. The goal of the program is to improve the overall quality of care for stroke patients by improving acute stroke treatment and preventing future strokes and cardiovascular events. Get with the Guidelines—Stroke helps us employ proven evidence-based treatment guidelines, including those developed by the American Stroke Association, American Heart Association and Brain Attack Coalition. These guidelines address acute stroke management, primary prevention of cardiovascular diseases, secondary prevention of strokes and the establishment of primary stroke.
Treatment can be more effective if given quickly. If you notice one or more of the STROKE WARNING SIGNS (pdf), don’t wait. Stroke is a medical emergency. Get to Bakersfield Memorial Hospital where the “Stroke Alert Team” is waiting to mobilize.
When to Seek Help in an Emergency
Even doctors don't treat themselves. And when presented with a frightening symptom or injured child, all but the clearest heads are likely to panic. When you suspect a medical situation is life-threatening, don't delay. Call 911, or visit the nearest emergency room immediately. Otherwise, remember that the best source of information about your healthcare remains your personal physician. Here are some general guidelines about the difference between emergency and urgent care:
Seek Emergency Care in Case of:
- Loss of consciousness or severe weakness
- Chest pain or intense abdominal pain
- Extreme lacerations
- Fractures or other trauma
- Severe shortness of breath
- Excessive bleeding
- Drug or chemical poisoning, or exposure injuries threatening to life or limb
Use Urgent Care or your Personal Physician at these times:
- Sinus or respiratory infections
- Flu and cold symptoms
- Earaches and sore throats
- Persistent back pain
- Minor burns
- Sprains and strains
- Minor fractures
- Minor work-related injuries