Doctors warn of medical bottlenecks over Chuseok

The Korean Association for Emergency Medicine warns that emergency rooms could be overburdened this Chuseok holiday unless people exercise restraint.

“Working in a hospital ER on vacation has always been a nightmare,” said KSEM Director Lee Hyung-min. “There could be ER disruptions during Chuseok this year, both with COVID and with other patients.”

Society has urged patients with mild symptoms to refrain from visiting hospital emergency rooms. People with non-life-threatening symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, lacerations, sprains, or minor injuries should instead go to their local primary health care center.

Patients with chronic illnesses such as cancer and dialysis patients were asked to consult with a hospital or doctor in advance.

“Usually, patients with abdominal pain and diarrhea make up the largest percentage of hospital visitors during the Chuseok holidays. People should refrain from overeating and drinking to prevent acute gastrointestinal disorders,” Lee said. rice field. “Stock up on antipyretics and cough medicines that can ease flu symptoms.”

“Even though the ER is open 24/7, it is not possible to serve all patients at the same time.Emergency care is given first to critically ill patients, not on a first-come, first-served basis,” he added. .

“If patients with mild cases refrain from using the ER to prevent overloading, we can save critically ill patients.”

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