Top 10 Tips: Concussions During the Coronavirus Emergency Care
With the coronavirus having placed such a strain on the healthcare systems, as is seen in discussions over at frontlineer.com, the question that most of us are asking is what happens if an emergency situation that is unrelated to COVID-19 arises? This is the question that many out there suffering from concussions are asking themselves, and is one this article, with the help of the gurus over at frontlineer.com, will look to answer by highlighting the top 10 tips on how to deal with concussions during the coronavirus crisis.
Know when to seek emergency care services
Given the importance of allowing hospitals and ERs to make good use of their resources as the respond the coronavirus crisis as covered over at frontlineer.com, it is important to know when you need to seek emergency services to ensure you don’t visit an ER for a case that doesn’t require such a visit. The red flags to look out for as far as concussions are concerned include a severe headache which won’t go away and is getting worse following trauma to the head, loss of consciousness even if only for a short period of time, seizures, persistent vomiting as well as difficulty waking up, with a more detailed write-up on the same to be found over at frontlineer.com.
Serious symptoms for a concussion could be delayed
Another very important tip by the gurus over at frontlineer.com about dealing with concussions during the coronavirus emergency is being aware that the reaction for a concussion may be delayed. This means that just because one doesn’t have serious symptoms soon after the accident leading to the concussions doesn’t mean they are out of the woods, keep an eye on them for about a day or two, as covered over at frontlineer.com, to make sure they are okay. You should also reach out to your doctor just to be safe.
Don’t take yourself to the ER
Other than the obvious risk of driving yourself to the ER when concussed, as your situation could deteriorate while behind the wheel leading to an accident as discussed over at frontlineer.com, it is also important that you don’t just show up at the ER to reduce the chances of being exposed to the coronavirus. Calling ahead allows you to not only receive treatment before you reach the hospital, it also allows the emergency care personnel to prepare for your visit, reducing the chances of exposure to the virus.
Don’t take your situation lightly
A concussion may not be the coronavirus, but it is still a very serious condition, with potentially serious repercussions, some of which can be long-term, if not treated seriously; it is a traumatic brain injury after all as covered over at frontlineer.com. Therefore, even as we grapple with the serious COVID-19, an important tip when dealing with concussions is not to take them lightly if we are to avoid bad outcomes as far as they are concerned.
Have someone keep an eye on you
If you have suffered trauma to the head but seem fine, as mentioned above, reactions sometimes may be delayed and you could suffer serious symptoms later on. Therefore, as an important tip during the coronavirus pandemic is to have someone come and keep an eye with you if you live alone. As revealed in discussions over at frontlineer.com, due to the social distancing measures, those staying alone are at an increased risk of suffering serious injuries. Have a friend or family member come stay with you for a day or two, so that they can call 911 as soon as they notice any serious symptoms.
Call your primary care provider or 911 when in doubt
If you are unsure if your concussion symptoms require emergency care services, then a tip by the gurus over at frontlineer.com is to call your primary care doctor for medical advice, or even 911 if you can’t reach your doctor. Rather than making assumptions, this will ensure that you take the best possible decision as far as our health is concerned, ensuring that you don’t suffer any unwanted consequences.
If you are COVID-19 positive, disclose your status
Another very important tip on how to deal with concussions during the coronavirus pandemic is to make sure you disclose the fact that you are positive for the virus when seeking emergency care services for your concussion emergency. This, as per discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com, will ensure that the responders and the emergency care personnel who attend to you protect themselves from exposure to the coronavirus.
Injuries suffered during the trauma causing the concussion
Other the symptoms of the concussion itself, another reason that should lead you to seek emergency care services for your concussion is if you have suffered serious injuries to go with it. As per the subject matter experts over at frontlineer.com, this includes serious cuts on the face or head as well as heavy bleeding on the head, all of which should be taken very seriously in deed.
In order to spare ER and hospital resources for those who really need them, such as those suffering COVID-19 emergencies, you can have your concussion treated via telemedicine if it is not that serious. This way, you get the medical attention you require while still practicing the social distancing which s key in the fight against coronavirus as per the gurus over at frontlineer.com.
Another alternative to telemedicine, one that can help you get treatment for your concussion in visiting an urgent care clinic near you. Urgent care clinics, as is revealed in discussions on the same over at frontlineer.com, have got the capacity to treat cases of concussion, except the severe ones, and by visiting one, you will definitely get the treatment that you require while ensuring that the ER is free and open for the response to COVID-19 as well as other people requiring emergency care services.
As ever, if you are looking for more information on this and other related topics, then you should look no further than the brilliant frontlineer.com.