The plan was to have a relaxing three day weekend with your son who was home from California. When you picked him up at the airport, however, he was not feeling well. Hoping that it was nothing more than a little travel sickness, you brought him home and hoped that after a good night’s rest he would be back to feeling his best.
Unfortunately, that was not the case.
By 1:00 am you were making a trip to the emergency room. The doctors found that your son had abscesses in his liver and completed a procedure to drain them. Throughout the next day, your son remained in a lot of pain and was put on morphine every four hours. On day two of what should have been a relaxing time together, you instead found yourself in the hospital with absolutely no idea when your patient would be released.
You are definitely thankful that these events did not happen when your son was at a hotel alone while he was traveling for work. The intake report indicated that your son was not only delirious, but also running a temperature of 104.6 F. By the next day, the doctors had determined that they would remove your son’s appendix and were fairly certain that this was the source of the abscesses.
Thank goodness for modern medical centers and the health professionals that can make a successful diagnosis and administer treatment as needed.
From emergency care to womens health services, today’s medical professionals provide care in medical centers across the country. And while no one wants to spend a weekend in the hospital, it is nice to know that there are resources available when you or someone in your family is ill or injured.
Consider some of these facts and figures about some of the reasons that patients seek medical care:
- 84% of people age 65 years and older die from heart disease.
- America has the highest rate of chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, 87% of older Americans report at least one chronic illness, and 68% reported two or more, according to statistics from The Commonwealth Fund report from 2014.
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors. Nearly 50% of Americans have at least one of these three.
- An indicator that many people with heart disease do not act on early warning signs, 47% of sudden cardiac deaths occur outside a hospital.
- Someone suffers a heart attack every 34 seconds in the U.S.
- Killing over 370,000 people a year, coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease.
Finding the right medical care when you or someone you love is ill or injured is important. Fortunately, there are a number of medical centers across the country that are available for these purposes.