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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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How to avoid winter slips and falls

Midwest winters can be beautiful, but ice and snow increase your risk of falling. Follow these tips to keep upright and avoid injury.

Brittni Lair PA By Brittni Lair January 6, 2022
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Aim for a safe, healthy hunting season

Whether you're stalking game, carrying on family tradition or enjoy being outdoors, don't let an accident or injury spoil the hunt. Learn how to aim for a safe hunting season.

Eric Grube DO By Eric Grube October 25, 2021
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Farm safety tips and reminders

During harvest season, it’s important for people involved in agriculture to remember a few safety practices and pick up a new tip or two, which can help avoid serious accidents.

David McAlpine MD By David McAlpine October 19, 2021
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Boating this summer? Make safety your top priority

Boating can create lifelong memories. Regardless of the type of boat you’re on, remember these basic safety rules for a day on the water.

Jason WrayRaabolle MD By Jason Wray-Raabolle June 30, 2021
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Use caution with fireworks

Independence Day has been celebrated with firework displays since the 1770s. Find out why you need to use extreme caution while using fireworks, and get safety tips.

Kim Schutterle MD By Kim Schutterle June 29, 2021
Lloyd Huebner

Medication, surgery help Lloyd Heubner quickly recover after stroke

Thanks to clot-busting medication and surgery, Lloyd Huebner is back in the game after a stroke — just in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at a local baseball team's "Strike Out Stroke" game.

May 19, 2021
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Who is most at risk for a stroke?

Although stroke risk increases after age 55, many factors play a role in who has one. Learn about risks and preventive steps you can take to reduce personal risk for stroke.

Micah Yost By Micah Yost May 17, 2021
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Is it a stroke? How to know and help

Stroke symptoms arise suddenly, leaving you a small window of time to react effectively. It's vital to act quickly if you suspect someone is having a stroke.

Derick Jones MD By Derick Jones May 10, 2021