Josyann Abisaab MD:Five Common Reasons for ER Visits

ER Dr. Josyann AbisaabAs an emergency room specialist Dr. Josyann Abisaab sees many different types of injuries and illness during the course of her workday. The traffic seen in the emergency room also varies according to the season, and the time in the week. Weekends and holidays see more car accidents and other types of accidents are often due to alcohol consumption and in the case of car accidents, poor weather conditions. When someone arrives at the emergency room his condition is assessed by a triage nurse, assigning a level of relative emergency from one to five. One are things like sore throats, which are minor problems which probably shouldn’t be in the emergency room at all, while five are more serious, like a broken bone, which is a level five. Life threatening illnesses or trauma are beyond level five, and always get immediate attention.
Here is a list of the five most common reasons people come to the emergency room for care.
1.    The top of the list people show up in the emergency room is due to falling.  These are almost always preventable accidents.
2.    Breathing problems are next. Most of the time upper respiratory problems are not an emergency and can be treated at home or by a family physician outside the emergency room. However, if the breathing is found to be quite difficult and is accompanied by chest pain, this is cause for concern as it could be a heart attack or stroke. Go directly to the emergency room.
3.    Abdominal pain. This is a difficult symptom to decide if an emergency room visit is really needed. Most of the time the pain passes, but if you are just not sure, go to the ER.
4.    Injuries due to weather such as a pulled muscle from shoveling snow, or falling on the ice. If you would prefer not to end up in the ER, don’t do any risky activity in bad weather.
5.    People who are drunk and dizzy are the fifth most popular type of person to visit the ER.

Josyann Abisaab: Avoid Wasting Time and Money- Go to the Doctor, Not the ER

Josyann Abisaab
Emergency Room

Research has shown that more than half of all emergency room visits in the US are for non-emergencies. The trend to use the emergency room as if it were a doctor’s office is wasteful in several ways. First of all, it wastes money. The cost of seeing a doctor in the emergency room can be three times more than seeing a doctor in his office. Time is also wasted while the person who is ill waits his turn to be seen by a physician. Contrary to what many people seem to believe, patients are not seen on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Not even close. An emergency room is designed to see the most critical patients first, and everyone that comes through the doors of the emergency room goes through ‘triage’, French for sorting. The less urgent the case, the longer patient will wait. According to statistics the average wait in an emergency room is about 2 hours.

Emergency room physicians like Josyann Abisaab urge people to only come to the emergency room if a real emergency arises which requires urgent care. Otherwise schedule an appointment with a primary care physician who will be glad to see you at a scheduled time and for a reasonable price.