After an ER trip, what next?

When you are injured or severely ill, you know you need to go to the emergency room, but what happens after that? Here are some helpful tips to follow after a trip to the emergency room:

Call your doctor. Keep your doctor informed about your health, especially if you need to seek follow-up care or address concerns. Your doctor will help you in your healing journey and give guidance on how to avoid a health emergency in the future.

Track your medications. Keep track of what you were given while in the emergency room, especially if you are already taking prescription medication.

Be active. If approved by your doctor, light activity can help aid the healing process. Blood flow is important in ensuring you heal well. Daily light-to-moderate activity can help reduce the risk of long-term health issues further down the road.

Get a health screening. You may feel fine after a while, but it is important to be proactive in your health care. Screenings are an excellent way to check in with your body and address issues before they become a serious problem.

Take an active role in your healing process. Request to view test results, and ask your doctor why he or she prescribes certain treatments. Online health record tools such as MyChart allow you to review your results, medications, appointments, and other key details about your health.

Being aware of your health record is important, especially if you see more than one doctor. Even if all your doctors are part of the same healthcare system, they may each keep a separate medical record on you — which means they may not be aware of the treatments you’re getting from another provider. An online health record puts all that information together so it’s easy for you to share with whomever you choose, including doctors, family members, and caregivers.

Primary care providers are a must-have for good health. One of the best things you can do for your health is to have an ongoing relationship with a primary care doctor. In fact, people who see a primary care doctor regularly have better health outcomes, lower death rates, and lower total costs for health care than people who don’t routinely see a doctor. Your primary care doctor helps you prevent disease and maintain good health by diagnosing and treating a wide variety of illnesses.

Kettering Health Network is a faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare system that improves quality of life through healthcare and education. The Network has eight hospitals: Grandview, Kettering, Sycamore, Southview, Greene Memorial, Fort Hamilton, Kettering Behavioral Health and Soin. The network’s 10 emergency departments and four trauma centers make up one of the largest and most advanced networks of emergency care in the state of Ohio.

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