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Emergency Medicine

Often life-or-death situations, emergencies are when patients need medical care most. Not all emergencies are avoidable, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of experiencing a medical emergency.

In The News

Northwest Wisconsin Emergency Departments accredited in clinical ultrasound

Accreditation by the Clinical Ultrasound Accreditation Program is given to programs that meet the high standards established by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

April 22, 2022
Level II Trauma Center reverified in Eau Claire

After a rigorous on-site review, the American College of Surgeons commended Eau Claire for its demonstrated commitment to provide superior trauma care for injured patients.

December 10, 2021

From The Blog

Don't let unsafe toys spoil holiday fun

Buying toys for those special children in your life is a cherished part of the holidays. These tips can help you choose toys that are safe.

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath December 8, 2022

Watch out for winter mishaps

Winter is beautiful, but it does come with risks. Take steps to prevent falls, hypothermia, frostbite and more so you can remain in good health and enjoy the splendor of the season.

Lori Schumacher PAC By Lori Schumacher December 8, 2022

Neighborly compassion in Sarah's time of need

Sarah Wittrock found care, kindness and professionalism in her local Emergency Department following a domestic assault. She urges others in similar situations to seek the help they need.

November 14, 2022

Aim for safety in your tree stand

Each year, 3,000 to 4,000 people in the U.S. are injured after falling out of a tree stand. Get practical tips for hunting season prep and while climbing to lower the risk of a significant injury.

David Ciresi, M.D. By David Ciresi October 7, 2022

Cyclist changing gears after heart health scare

While preparing for a ride, Becky Brooks had stabbing chest pain. The cause was an aortic dissection, which can be fatal if not treated right away. Read how her heart team got her back on the road.

October 6, 2022

Is it a stroke? How to know and help

With a stroke, every minute counts. If you suspect someone is experiencing a stroke, conducting a FAST test can help save their life and prevent long-term disabilities.

David McAlpine MD By David McAlpine October 3, 2022

Think safety in fall as weather changes

Autumn brings cooler nights and changing colors on the trees. Kids are back in school, days become shorter and winter planning begins. Enjoy autumn safely with these tips.

Alexandro Vasquez, D.N.P. By Alexandro Vasquez September 16, 2022

When temps rise, remember these heatstroke prevention tips

When the weather forecast calls for hot and humid days ahead, follow these steps to keep cool and prevent heatstroke.

June 14, 2022

With stroke, time is survival

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly. There’s an acronym to make it easy to recognize and act on these symptoms: Think FAST.

David McAlpine MD By David McAlpine May 17, 2022

Nursemaid's elbow: Just a little tug can cause it

Simply helping toddlers down a step or playing by swinging them by their arms or hands can cause nursemaid's elbow. Learn more about this common childhood injury and how to prevent it.

Sara O'Kelly, P.A.-C. By Sara O'Kelly February 10, 2022

Winter sports care for Olympians, everyday enthusiasts

While most winter sports lovers aren't in the same league as Olympians, their care has some things in common. Learn about those similarities from a U.S. Ski Jumping Team physician.

Alecia Gende DO By Alecia Gende February 9, 2022

Emergency departments not for COVID-19 testing

If you need to test for COVID-19, Mayo Clinic health experts remind you not to go to the emergency department as it is for patients with life-threatening needs.

January 17, 2022