Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council, Inc.
Don’t delay getting help for time-sensitive medical emergencies
While all of us are being asked to stay home to protect ourselves during this COVID-19 pandemic, TEMS, the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council wants you to remind you that you need to seek help immediately if you have a time-sensitive medical emergency. That means going to the Emergency Room right away.
So what is a time-sensitive emergency? If you are having a heart attack, stroke or suffered medical trauma you are having a time-sensitive emergency. In all of these cases, time is of the essence and you need to seek medical attention immediately. David Long, the Executive Director of Tidewater EMS Council says, “don’t let fear of the current crisis delay you from getting the medical help you need. Area EMS personnel and Hospitals are taking the necessary precautions to provide safe and timely treatment for you.”
Here’s what you need to do if you are having a time-sensitive emergency:
First, call 9-1-1. The dispatcher is trained to help you decide if your medical emergency warrants a trip to the Emergency Room. If it does and you can’t drive yourself to the hospital, then an EMS agency will come to pick you up and take you there. All the EMS agencies are prepared and able to provide SAFE treatment and transport to the hospital. TEMS continues to work closely with the area hospitals to ensure SAFE care through your transition into the Emergency Department.
Your visit to the ER will be different because of COVID-19. You will be screened before you even come into the Emergency Room and given a mask to protect you from possible exposure to the virus. All the dedicated medical personnel you meet will be dressed in appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Because of the virus, hospitals are not allowing visitors to come with you. Taking care of you and your immediate medical need is what the health care system was designed to do.
So while staying home is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19, when it comes to a medical emergency, seeking help immediately is always the best and safest way to go.