Reminder to use ED only for Emergencies
GDAHA hospitals are dealing with high patient numbers and remind people to use the ED for emergencies only. Individuals with flu like symptoms should first contact their primary care provider. Those with flu like symptoms can check the hospitals’ websites for health advice or call their primary care provider before heading to the ED, because the best place for a person with an uncomplicated cold or flu is at home.
“If they’re not very young or old, and don’t have other respiratory issues, we’re encouraging people to contact their primary care physician and not go to the emergency room,” said Bryan Bucklew of the Greater Dayton Hospital Association. “Hospitals are at very full capacity right now, and staff is getting sick as well.” – See more.