Health Topics

Find information on many health topics, listed A to Z.

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

AED Donation to the Fairmont Opera House

Mayo Clinic Ambulance and Mayo Clinic Health System have partnered to donate an automated external defibrillator (AED) to the Fairmont Opera House.

February 2, 2021

From The Blog

Andrew Holmquist

Warming comfort for young boy with head injury

A blanket is just a piece of cloth stitched together, but it can be so much more. Especially when it is given to provide comfort during a difficult time. That's something young Andrew knows well.

March 5, 2021
Rachel Hershman

Quick action saves women after accidental shooting

Rachel Hershman was only four blocks from the hospital when she was hit by a stray bullet. Months later, she is thankful for the quick, expert emergency care she received.

January 13, 2021
Mike and Brandi Wolf

Family warns others to take COVID-19 seriously

Mike Wolf was a healthy guy with no underlying health issues. Then he contracted COVID-19 and spent 43 days in the hospital. Now his family wants to warn others to take COVID-19 seriously.

September 4, 2020
Emergency and Urgent Care

Emergency vs. Urgent Care: What's the difference?

You're not alone if you're unsure if you should go to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care for an accident or illness. Learn about the differences so you're prepared next time the unexpected happens.

Graham King MD By Graham King September 3, 2020
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Use caution with fireworks

With COVID-19 resulting in the cancelation of many public Independence Day celebrations, more families may be inclined to use fireworks at home. As you celebrate, remember to exercise extreme caution when using the devices, as deaths and injuries occur every year.

Kim Schutterle MD By Kim Schutterle July 1, 2020
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Don't let a fear of COVID-19 stop you from seeking needed emergency care

Fears of contracting COVID-19 has people questioning if it is safe to seek care in clinics, hospitals, but most specifically emergency departments.

June 15, 2020
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Should super glue be in your first-aid kit?

Super glue has a track record of fixing broken things. But what happens when that broken thing is you? Could you use super glue on yourself?

Paul Horvath, M.D. By Paul Horvath June 3, 2020
Susan Kohnke

Sepsis diagnosis prompts quick action to save woman’s life

The graduation party for Susan Kohnke’s son was memorable, but not in the way she wanted. Instead of reflecting on day celebrating school successes, she remembers it being the day she developed symptoms of a severe condition that nearly claimed her life.

August 2, 2019
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4 safety tips for summer festivals

Do your summer plans include a music festival? Check out these tips so your experience doesn't end on a sour note.

June 25, 2019
Henry Gomez

A second chance after traumatic brain injury

Henry Gomez is grateful for second chances. After sustaining a near-fatal brain injury following a fall, he is preparing for return to college.

March 12, 2018
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Eau Claire man survives accident, exceeds expectations

Dylan Walling was riding his motorcycle on State Highway 93 en route to his grandmother’s house in Eleva when the unimaginable occurred.

April 5, 2017
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Quick medical attention helped Eau Claire stroke survivor

“It was like a light switch went off.” That is how Mark Diers describes how he felt on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. He was at work at a retail store when, suddenly, he had trouble speaking and couldn’t make his right hand work correctly.

May 26, 2016