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Dr. Donald Alves
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Emergency Medical Care (Overview)

The most common aspirated foreign bodies are peanuts, nuts, seeds, popcorn, other foods, balloons, balls, toy pieces. If you suspect a child is choking or has inhaled an object, seek medical care immediately.


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Expat living in the philippines, where can I go for emergency medical care?

Expat living in the philippines, where can I go for emergency medical care?

Emergency care: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_999.html#medical i hold a monthly travel clinic for my patients with young children traveling to africa/asia. Always recommend immediately contacting local usa embassy/consulate if a medical emergency occurs. Also, have a list of local hospitals available. Expats have options of emergency evacuation medical insurance (can be found online). ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
353 doctors shared insights

Emergency Medical Care (Overview)

The most common aspirated foreign bodies are peanuts, nuts, seeds, popcorn, other foods, balloons, balls, toy pieces. If you suspect a child is choking or has inhaled an object, seek medical care immediately.


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If someone suspects they need non-emergency medical care but they have to self pay, do they have options?

Yes: Yes, get to a good urgent care. They can handle most non-emergent issues, at a fraction of the cost. If they can't help you they can give you some direction about how to proceed. ...Read more

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Giving Palliative Care (Checklist)

Make a list of medicines and times to give them
once
Keep number for doctors and other caregivers (for example hospice agency) handy
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Should I seek emergency medical care if I took four 325 mg aspirins within two hours?

Should I seek emergency medical care if I took four 325 mg aspirins within two hours?

Not needed: This is basically double the recommended dose in 4 hours, risk is bleeding and also risk to kidneys. This is not dose needing emergency care, but make sure you take no more for at least 8 hours and flush your system with plenty of water. ...Read more

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Should I seek emergency medical care if I took four 325 mg aspirins within two to three hours?

Should I seek emergency medical care if I took four 325 mg aspirins within  two to three hours?

Aspirin Overdose ?: This amount of Aspirin (total of 1300mg over 2 to 3 hours) will not cause any adverse effect in most cases. There is a small possibility that there maybe some stomach irritation. It may therefore be worthwhile to eat some food or take some antacid pills like 2 tablets of tums (calcium carbonate). Be careful in future not to take more medication than advised. ...Read more

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Improving Personal Care (Checklist)

Brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day
daily
Exercise by walking, swimiming or biking
5x week
Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
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Do some form of meditation to decrease stress
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If someone suspects they need non-emergency medical care but they have little money, what can they do?

If someone suspects they need non-emergency medical care but they have little money, what can they do?

Free clinic or CHC: If you live near a larger city or university town, they may have a free clinic. There are also federally-funded community health centers which see low-income and uninsured patients at a discounted rate. Some docs in private practice may be willing to see you at a discount - ask around. Try calling your local county health department to find out what resources exist in your community. ...Read more

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Debilitating stiff neck for a week, no headache, temp 96.1. Seek emergency medical care?

Debilitating stiff neck for a week, no headache, temp 96.1. Seek emergency medical care?

Yes...: Depending your medical hx....if immune compromised, can be herpes meningitis. If coagulopathy/ injury/HTN...can be suarchnoid bleed.Otherwise simple torticollis will be the Dx....is mor common at this time. ...Read more

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Could psychiatrists have the basic training and expertise to perform medical emergency care?

Could psychiatrists have the basic training and expertise to perform medical emergency care?

Some do: Psychiatrists are physicians. I practiced undersea medicine before psychiatry & taught combat medicine. For quite a while I continued to practice both psychiatry as well as more primary care. Alas, I am now quite rusty. This is variable. ...Read more

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Answers on healthtap are not intended for individual diagnosis, treatment or prescription. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911?

Answers on healthtap are not intended for individual diagnosis, treatment or prescription. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911?

Crystal Clear Query: Absolutely. Healthtap is an informational service and is designed to address your general questions about medical topics. A prudent adult would differentiate between an emergency and the desire to obtain reliable general information in an online setting. Having a personal physician or "medical home" is always a good idea and helps to develop a long term relationship for your overall healthcare. ...Read more