University of Nebraska Medical Center Urges Patients to Treat Symptoms of H1N1 at Home

Due to a high volume of adult and pediatric patients with H1N1, the UNMC Physician's clinic and the emergency department at The Nebraska Medical Center is referring non-emergency cases to AfterOurs Urgent Care. The shared UNMC and AfterOurs Urgent Care clinic has helped to relieve emergency room overuse in the area, but more needs to be done to direct patients to the most appropriate place of care. When symptoms indicating a medical emergency are absent, UNMC physicians recommend that patients rest at home, receiving plenty of fluids, and sleep.

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Omaha, NE (PRWEB) October 25, 2009

UNMC Physician's clinic and the emergency department at The Nebraska Medical Center are treating a high volume of adult and pediatric patients with H1N1. The increase has emergency room staff referring non-emergency cases to AfterOurs Urgent Care, which recently opened in the UNMC Physicians clinic at 13708 West Maple Avenue. The shared UNMC and AfterOurs Urgent Care clinic has helped to relieve emergency room overuse in the area, but more needs to be done to direct patients to the most appropriate place of care.

UNMC Physicians is urging patients use the following guidelines when seeking treatment for symptoms of H1N1 which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and most often diarrhea and vomiting.

  •     Always call your primary care provider before seeking treatment in an emergency room, unless you are experiencing a life or limb threatening emergency.
  •     If your physician is unavailable, consider seeking treatment at an urgent care center. The CDC estimates that approximately 50% of cases treated in emergency room setting could be treated effectively in a physician's office or urgent care center, which typically offer shorter wait times and less expensive treatment.
  •     Finally, seek emergency care for the following symptoms and conditions:

-Treat Symptoms of H1N1 at Home-

For children and adolescents

  •     Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  •     Bluish or gray skin color
  •     Severe or persistent vomiting
  •     Lethargy
  •     Irritability at physical contact
  •     Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worsened cough

For adults:

  •     Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or chest pain
  •     Bluish or gray skin color
  •     Severe or persistent vomiting or dehydration
  •     Confusion or lethargy
  •     Flu-like symptoms that improve, but then return with fever and worsened cough

When symptoms indicating a medical emergency are absent, UNMC physicians recommend that patients rest at home, receiving plenty of fluids, and sleep. The use of acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin) to lower fever and relieve other symptoms may be helpful. Avoid aspirin use for both children and adolescents, and always remain at home until fever is absent for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications and until other symptoms have resolved.

For more information contact The Nebraska Medical Center H1N1 Hotline at (402) 559-9996, where you'll find information recorded in both English and Spanish. AfterOurs Urgent Care physicians are also available to help direct patients to the place of service most appropriate for their symptoms. You can reach an AfterOurs Urgent Care physician M-F, from 5 pm to 10 pm, and on weekends and holidays from 8 am to 10 pm, by calling (402) 201-2888.

UNMC Physicians is the physician group practice of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. 513 physicians represent 50 specialties and sub-specialty areas ranging from primary care to oncology, transplantation and cardiology. With a history dating back to 1952, UNMC Physicians is committed to leadership and excellence in patient care, research and education. UNMC Physicians can be found online at http://www.UNMCphysicians.com.

With a reputation for excellence, innovation and extraordinary patient care, The Nebraska Medical Center has earned J.D. Power and Associates' Hospital of Distinction award for inpatient services for four consecutive years. It is a US News & World Report 2008 "Best Hospital" for Cancer, Neurology and Neurosurgery. It also received the 2008 Consumer Choice Award, a mark of patient satisfaction as selected by healthcare consumers and has achieved Magnet recognition status for nursing excellence, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals Performance Improvement Leader recognition, as well as the Award of Progress from the state of Nebraska's Edgerton Quality Awards Program. As the teaching hospital for the University of Nebraska Medical Center, this 679 licensed bed academic medical center has an international reputation for providing solid organ and bone marrow transplantation services and is well known nationally and regionally for its oncology, neurology and cardiology programs. The Nebraska Medical Center can be found online at http://www.nebraskamed.com.

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