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Video: 12 Situations When You Need To Urgently Call An Ambulance
12 situations when you need to urgently call an ambulance
Ambulance staff often complain about unnecessary calls that distract them from working with truly emergency patients. But there is also the opposite situation, when people who need urgent hospitalization are trying to endure the pain, to cope with a serious condition themselves. And they do not suspect that the situation is critical and the count may be going on for minutes.
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Ambulance staff often complain about unnecessary calls that distract them from working with truly emergency patients. But there is also the opposite situation, when people who need urgent hospitalization are trying to endure the pain, to cope with a serious condition themselves. And they do not suspect that the situation is critical and the count may be going on for minutes. About when to immediately seek medical care, in the educational program of the head of the admission department of the capital's hospital №17 Anna Suvorina.
1. For the first time, there was a strong pressing pain behind the sternum
The pain in this case can be different - pressing, bursting, burning, or as if it caught my breath. It can be given to the lower jaw, left hand and to the place about which we speak "under the spoon." Most often, it appears after physical or emotional stress, but it can occur for no apparent reason.
Suspicion: heart attack. Up to 40% of myocardial infarctions occur without previous angina pectoris, against the background of complete well-being. The first-onset angina in itself is also very dangerous, it indicates the instability of an atherosclerotic plaque in one of the coronary vessels. Therefore, at the first appearance of such pain in your life, you need to contact a cardiologist in the near future, and if the pain has not gone away in 15 minutes, call an ambulance.
2. Acute pain in the center of the abdomen
After a few hours, it grows and descends into the iliac region - the place that is located in the lower parts of the right side. There is usually no diarrhea. In parallel, nausea, vomiting may appear, often single, the body temperature is kept at 37-38 degrees C.
Suspicion: acute appendicitis. By the way, not only the risk of complications depends on the terms of hospitalization, but also the method of the operation, and hence the cosmetic effect. While the inflammation of the appendix is catarrhal, it can be removed endoscopically.
3. The same symptoms plus loose stools
The temperature rises once and immediately drops within an hour or two.
Suspicion: biliary dyskinesia.
4. Blood in sputum
Suspicion: pneumonia, tuberculosis, pulmonary embolism, heart problems, and other serious ailments.
5. Blood in urine
Suspicion: trauma (kidney damage), kidney stones and other serious ailments.
6. Blood in vomit
Suspicion: bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract (ulcer, gastritis, varicose veins).
7. Blood in the stool
Suspicion: red blood - problems in the rectum; black - problems in the upper gastrointestinal tract, stomach or duodenal ulcer, varicose veins.
In case of profuse pulmonary or gastrointestinal bleeding, an ambulance should be called immediately.
8. Severe spasmodic lower back pain (colic)
Feels stronger on the left or right. The pain is accompanied by nausea.
Suspicion: blockage of the urinary tract with a stone in urolithiasis.
Of course, patients who have encountered this problem before will relieve colic by taking an antispasmodic pill and going into a hot bath. But, if the pain occurred for the first time, it is not worth doing so as not to “lubricate” the symptom, and the doctor was able to make an accurate diagnosis.
9. Severe pain in the right hypochondrium (may radiate to the shoulder or back) or any sharp sudden pain in the abdomen
She is accompanied by vomiting, possibly with an admixture of bile, stool disturbances, the temperature is kept at 37.1-38.0 degrees C.
Suspicion: stones in the gallbladder.
Any sudden severe pain in the abdomen requires immediate medical attention. Its source may be inflammation of the pancreas - acute pancreatitis, and the most pronounced sensations are perforation (breakthrough) of a stomach or duodenal ulcer into the abdominal cavity
10. Sudden dizziness and severe headache
Symptoms are accompanied by visual impairment, increasing weakness in the arm and leg (most often on one side), memory problems, and speech changes.
Suspicion: a possible stroke.
11. Sudden impairment or loss of vision and dizziness
There are sensations that wiggle. Moreover, other symptoms of the disease may not appear.
Suspicion: cerebral stroke of various localization.
12. Increasing suffocation
Especially if it is associated with an insect bite, taking a new medicine, new food (among these products, fish, seafood, eggs, nuts, cow's milk, legumes), as well as a change in the usual climate. Blood pressure is very low (60/40), the skin turns blue, sweating, panic attack, rapid heartbeat, dizziness, nausea, and rapid pulse appear. Convulsions are possible.
Suspicion: anaphylactic shock, that is, a severe reaction caused by some kind of allergen.
If it becomes more difficult to breathe, swelling of the face and neck appears, give the person any antihistamine and call an ambulance immediately.
The danger of anaphylactic shock is that it develops very quickly. The help of a resuscitator is needed immediately.
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