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There isn’t anything anyone can likely say to make you think choosing the right place to go is more important than getting care right away.
So, let’s talk about it now, while you aren’t in panic mode. Let’s make a list that will stick in your head, so the next time you need to decide what to do, your brain will take you in the right direction without a second thought.
Here’s a starting list of times you don’t need to go to the ER. Enjoy.
Going to an ER doctor for any of these health issues is like going to a heart specialist when you have a cold. Let those guys use their time to take care of the heart attacks, gunshot wounds and car crash victims.
Think of it this way: If you don’t need an ambulance with sirens blaring – speeding to the nearest ER – you might not need the care of a highly trained ER doctor. If you can call the ER to see how busy they are, it probably isn’t the right time to go.
In fact, if you’re at the ER for anything but an emergency, you’re in the wrong place.
Originally published 8/12/2015; Revised 2019; 2022
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