Should you call for & wait on an ambulance or head for the hospital in an emergency? It depends. For example, if someone has a heart attack, stroke, or was hurt in a car accident, then it's best to sit tight & wait for help to arrive.
Minor injuries or illnesses don't typically warrant an ambulance.
However, when in doubt, always call 911.
The last few days, I have been filling my 🧠 with information about the #emergencyservices system in #norway 🇳🇴 I thought I would share some info with my #newthingnursetribe ✨✨
🔺The Norwegian emergency department system is divided into two tiers - •
1. After Hours Emergency Centers - These are kind of like amped up urgent cares that are staffed by PCP #doctors and nurses. •
2. Hospital Emergency Departments - What most people would think of as Emergency Departments, a specialized department at the hospital that receives ambulance traffic and acts as the entry-point for admission for patients who need to stay in the hospital. These are staffed by ED #nurses and non-ED docs.
🔺When a patient has an acute issue, they are expected to call their PCP first. The PCP will then direct them to the after hours #emergency center or the #hospital ED based on their evaluation. It PCP offices are closed, they are always supposed to present to the after hours emergency center first if not having a life-threatening emergency.
🔺PCPs man the after hours emergency centers. These centers can perform basic labs & EKGs. The Drammen emergency center does not have XR capabilities. The PCP at the emergency center evaluates all patients and determines if they need to go to the hospital ED or can go home with outpatient follow-up. In this way, the after hours emergency centers act as a gatekeeper of the emergency care system. •
🔺With this system, the after hours emergency center in Drammen sees almost twice as many patients daily as the Drammen Hospital ED. The hospital ED rarely gets walk-in patients (yes, really) and almost all of their patients are seen by a doctor (their PCP) before arriving to the hospital ED.
🔺The hospital ED does receive ambulance traffic. However ambulances are dispatched through a centralized call center (like our 911 system) and the operators can DECLINE AN AMBULANCE if it is not a true emergency. 👏🏾👏🏾 Therefore the hospital ED only receives really sick and injured patients by ambulance. No EMS patients for dental pain. 👍🏽👍🏽
They got some good things going on in #norway 🇳🇴 •
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So our little buddy Lane got his angel wings this past week. It has taken me a while to post anything because What can be said by an outsider to explain what he meant to everyone? I'm not family, a fringe family friend at best. I'm a nobody that simply agreed to help make Lane's days a little brighter. I selfishly got enjoy his huge bright smile when we were around his glowing personality. I was fortunate to get periodic updates on his progression from his family.
It's crazy how someone's journey in life can affect your own. I cannot begin to understand how Erin and Jamey are, and have been, so strong through this journey. The strength of their family was clearest in that of Lane's outlook and positivity. Not having kids of my own I won't pretend to understand what they had to endure, but as a human I respect it and know the difference they made in their sons life. And the impact he had on them.
Lane left earth a better place simply by being himself. He encouraged everyone around him through his persistent energy and infectious smile. He made everyone want to work harder and be a better person in any and all circumstances. I know this because I myself would think about his strength, and wonder if I could be that strong if faced with a similar situation.
I'm thankful for the brief time Erin and Jamey allowed us into their lives to share someone like Lane. Lane had limited time, and he wanted to spend some of it with me. And for that, I'm honored and grateful.
📸 by: @danflynnrn
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As some of you know Baby Coffee Clothing is my second job. I am also a police officer.
I have just learnt of the devastating news an officer in WA has passed away from a self inflected injury.
So often emergency service personnel see horrific scenes and hear the most devastating stories from distressed victims.
As a Police officer, we put our hearts into investigating these incidents in an attempt to find justice for the victims. More often than not we are unable to get this justice, do to various reasons. Trust me when I say this breaks your heart and faith a little each time.
I don't claim to have any idea what this officer was thinking or feeling, I can only express my own personal experiences and feelings.
Next time you see a police officer, give them a break. Don't yell at them or disrespect them, you never know what they have just come from. Please just be patient and kind.
My thoughts and prayers are with the whole WA police.
I'm so grateful for the amazing opportunity of representing WIWG at the GLR/OHWG Conference on the Honor Guard. It was my first time participating in a POWMIA ceremony and I hope to have more opportunities like this in the future. Already missing the amazing friends I made this weekend. Can't wait to see everyone again some day!
Alpha seminar for the win! You guys made my weekend so amazing. Congrats to Cadet Kirchberg for winning honor cadet for the whole NCOS. An congrats to Cadet Miller for being voted to be in the speech competition! You all did so amazing and I'm so proud I had such a great group. I look forward to watching you staff at future activities! ☺️