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WIN 2019

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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the buzz SPOTLIGHT When you're expecting, you have questions galore. How is baby developing from week to week? What are the musts for our hospital bag? Get answers to these questions and others by downloading the My Roper St. Francis Healthcare Baby app (rs.com/babyapp; free and available on iOS and Android). On it you'll find: • a pregnancy tracker to follow your baby's weekly developments • a hospital packing list, kick counter, contraction timer, and other pregnancy planning tools • online registration for expectant family classes and hospital tours • postpartum resources on: My RSFH Baby App M O R E E M E R G E N C Y R O O M F A C T S : 8 { winter 2019 } h o u s e c a l l s 131 MILLION: Estimated number of ER visits per year nationwide. - C D C Symptoms that warrant an ER visit: difficulty breathing or speaking; pain, pressure, or tightness in the chest or abdominal area; sudden dizziness, weakness, or blurred vision; bleeding that will not stop; head injury; coughing up blood; sudden change in mental status (confusion, unusual behavior, suicidal or homicidal feelings); sudden, severe pain TRIAGE (noun): DEFINITION: "The sorting of patients according to the urgency of their need for care." –MERRIAM-WEBSTER PATIENTS WERE TREATED AT ROPER ST. FRANCIS EMERGENCY ROOMS IN 2017. 142,581 ROPER ST. FRANCIS HEALTHCARE OFFERS 5 ERS IN THE TRI- COUNTY AREA. 30 minutes: Average ER wait time nationwide in 2014. - C D C V I A U . S . N E W S & W O R L D R E P O R T 5 minutes: Average wait time to see a doctor at Roper St. Francis affiliated ERs. ABDOMINAL PAIN IS THE TOP COMPLAINT SEEN AT ROPER ST. FRANCIS ERS. Call 9-1-1! When serious injury or severe pain strikes, the emergency room is the place to go—whether you arrive via ambulance or on your own. According to the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), an estimated 240 million calls are placed to 9-1-1 annually, and, per the CDC, one in five American adults visits an ER each year. INSIDE THE ER

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