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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES OCTOBER 11, 19_ PAC A health service for your family from Westpark Community Hospital o,,, todo in a medical m f | The Westpark Community Hospital Emergency Department is fully equipped to handle serious emergencies--and little ones. It's Friday night. Everything's closed. And your child suddenly falls and hurts his arm. What should you do if you think it might be sprained or broken? By all means check with your family physician, or bring him to the Emergency Department at Westpark Community Hospital. We know emergendes don't keep regular hours. So we keep our Emergency Department open 24 hours a day. And staff it with qualified emergency physi- cians and nurses to make sure you get the ven" hest care, whether you have a serums emergency or a minor one. What is an "emergency"? It's any time you feel an injury or illness needs immediate attention and medical treatment. For instance, if you get a bad bump on the head, or you have severe stomach cramps that just won't go away, let us check it out. If you're not sure whether a condition is serious, it's better to be safe than sorry. We can diagnose your problem, Things to bring to the Emergency Room ' " 1. Medication. .... If you're taking any kind of  medication, prescription or :i Fx """ otherwise, bring it with you. it will help with the diagnosis, : c:Sus 4 and avoid conflicts with any T,e t'n I medication the ER physician may prescribe. 2. Allergies. If you have allergies to any medications, be sure to inform the emergency department nurse immediately. ...,. 3. Your doctor's name and phone number... so he or she can be notified if necessary. 4. Immunizations. It's helpful to know whether your immuni- zation record is up to date. 5. Insurance. Bring your current ID card, policy or policy number. treat it, recommend follow-up treatment and set your mind at ease. We'll even check your blood pressure free any day be- tween 10:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. Should you call an ambulance? Send for an ambulance any time there's a life-threatening situation. Or if you're not sure about the extent of injuries. Heart attacks. Poisonings. Loss of consciousness for no apparent reason. Car or work-related accidents. In any situation where minutes may count, call an ambulance as quickly as possible, Keep a local ambulance number by your phone, along with other emergency numbers. It may help you save a life. It's also a good idea to become familiar. with the route to your hospital, in case you need to drive someone to the Emer- gency Department. How to cope with an emergency Whatever the situation, try to stay calm. Take action one step at a time. If you call an ambulance, briefly descnl)e the situation to the dispatcher and give your address, complete directions on how to get there, and your telephone number. If you're driving, don't panic. Keep the route in mind, and drive carefully--the last thing you need is to have an accident. Go directly to the emergency entrance located in front of the hospital--it's clearly marked, so it's hard to miss. Tell the emer- gency nurse what you know about the acci- dent or illness. If there's a serious problem, the patient will be examined immediately. What is an emergency physician? Our department is staffed around the clock with experienced emergency room physicians, not physicians in training. Emergency physicians and nurses are specially trained to handle medical emergen- cies. They know how to pinpoint problems quickly and administer initial treatment. West'park also has some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment available, from trauma capabilities to cardiac and blood pressure monitoring. Back;up is only steps away Patients needing intensive care, lab work, medication, radiology or surgery don't have to be moved to another facility. All these critical functions are readily avail- able fight here. Westpark Community Hospital is a com- prehensive hospital. Our intensive care and cardiac care unit is staffed with trained crit- ical care nurses. If a specialist is needed, we can have one at your side in minutes. And, if you don't have a family doctor, we'll be glad to refer you to a physician on our staff. We keep you informed We know how frustrating it can be to sit in the emergency waiting room, with minutes ticking away, not knowing how your child or loved one is doing. If you do need to stay in the waiting room, you can be sure a physician, nurse or a member of our volunteer staff will keep you informed about the progress of your injured friend or family member. If a test will take 45 minutes to complete, we'll tell you, so you won't have to spend 45 minutes worrying needlessly. We're staffed to handle a multitude of problems quickly and professionally, but with that all-important caring touch. How to handle a poisoning emergency If the person is unconscious, call an ambulance or drive him immedi- ately to the Westpark Community Hospital Emergency Department. If he's conscious, call the Emergency Room for instructions. Here are some common substances that may be poisonous, and  measures you can take: PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS PRODUCT INSTRUCTIONS COSMETICS After-Shave Lotions ................ B Bath Oils ......................... B Colognes ........................ B Perfumes ........................ B Deodorants ....................... B Hair Dyes ........................ C Hair Straighteners & Permanent Solutions ....................... C It Lotion " .A Lipstick .......................... A Liquid Make-up ................... A Shampoo (non-medicated) ........... A Shampoo (medicated) ............... B DRUGS Fever and headache medicines (Acetaminophen, aspirin, salicylate).. B Cold & Cough medidnes ............ B Heart Medications ................. D Sleeping Pills & "II'anquilizers ......... D Vitamins & Iron Preparations ........ B INSECTICIDES May contain arsenic, lead, organo- phosphates, petroleum products B & D TOPICAL MEDICINES Diaper Ointments .................. A Hydrogen Peroxide ................ A Liniments & Oil of Wintergreen ....... D Mercurochrome ................... B HOUSEHOLD PRODUCTS Adhesives & Glue ................. B Ammonia (Household) ........... C&D Bleach ........................... C Dishwashing Detergent ............. B Drain Cleaner (Lye) ............. C&D Fabric Softeners ................... C Floor Polishes & Solid Waxes ........ B Furniture Polishes ................. B Gasoline, Turpentine, Mineral Spirits, Lighter Fluids, etc ................ D RAT POISON May contain boric acid, warfarin, etc .................... B MUSHROOMS ................... B PLANTS ........................ B A Usuay non-toxic. II there is doubt, call for qsistance, B May need to reduce vomiting. Call Emergency Department for irish, C Give milk and call Emergency Depunent for instrucr. D Do not cause vomiting. Emergency medical aid often necessary. Call for help. TO INDUCE VOMITING: Give 3 teaspoons of Syrup of Ipecac, follow with a glass or more of warm water and repeat in 15 minutes if vomiting has not occurred. DO NOT GIVE SALT WATER. KEEP ON HAND ONE OUNCE OF SYRUP OF IPECAC. Cut this out and tape it inside your medicine chest. t- wm 190 I WESTPAP, K COMML NIT HOC,|:'ITAL I / i-12 We're convemenay located at1900 51Bypass, Hammond, LA 70401. For information, call 542-7777 or your doctor Get to know us before you need us. Our Emergency Department staff is ready and willing to talk to community groups about how and when to use an emergency room. In addition, our CPR instructor will be glad to share information on basic first aid and infant care. The instructor will even meet with your group at a location of your choice. Just give us a call. If you'd just like to be prepared so you can react quickly in an emergency, feel free to come in to Westpark's Emergency Department. We'll be glad to show you where to come and tell you more about the Emergency Department. Our "Outdoor First Aid Guide" tells you &no to treat me.die.at problems .from a black eye to burns and scrapes. If you 'd like one, let us know--we'll be glad to send it to you. Westpark00 Commtm.ity Hospital 1900 Highway 51 Bypass, Hammond, Louisiana 70401 A health care center of a,,alllm American Medical Intenmim