Emergency Care Archives - Carson Tahoe Health

Navigating COVID with a Disability

It has been nearly six months since the country first started to shelter in place to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19. While many companies race to find a vaccine, we continue to adapt to our new normal. Obviously there is nothing normal about wearing masks and keeping a strict six-foot distance from one another, but we do our best to stay positive, productive, and keep our health in check. Staying healthy might be more challenging for those with small school-aged children, those with pre-existing conditions, the elderly, and those with disabilities. Having an impairment doesn’t necessarily put you at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19, however, there are certain disabilities that can make illness more complicated. For example: people …


What Is Social Distancing And How Do I Practice It?

By now, everyone has heard the phrase “social distancing.” But what is social distancing and how do we practice it in our everyday lives? On Monday, March 16, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House issued a joint advisory recommending against any gatherings of 10 or more people. As we have recently seen in our community, this has led to closures and/or cancellations of public schools, universities, libraries, museums, places of worship, restaurants, bars, concerts, sporting events, malls, movie theaters, etc. This encourages voluntary “social distancing” for the safety, health, and well-being of our community. What Is Social Distancing? Social distancing is deliberately increasing the physical space between people to avoid the spread of any …


Coronavirus Updates

For information on treating respiratory symptoms and when to seek care, please call the COVID-19 Carson City Health & Human Services Hot Line at (775) 283-4789. Please know we are not doing routine testing. Our Carson City Urgent Care is only testing patients who are symptomatic or have a doctor’s orders. If you are symptomatic and require immediate care, please go to our Emergency Department at our Regional Medical Center or dial 9-1-1.   COVID-19 Test Results If you visited our Carson Tahoe Urgent Care and got tested for COVID-19, you can get your test results as soon as they’re ready by logging into Carson Tahoe Health’s Patient Portal. Limiting Visitation Based on guidance from the CDC and the principal …


Another day in the Emergency Department: Roller Coaster of Emotions

By Meg Jack, MD Carson Tahoe Emergency Department Medical Director The day-to-day life in the Emergency Department is similar to riding an unfamiliar roller coaster. It could travel at the leisurely speed of a rollercoaster for two-year-olds bought off Amazon or it be as gripping as Disneyland’s Space Mountain traveling in the dark with unpredictable speed and unforeseen twists, turns and ups and downs. This particular day began just like any other but then hit alarming rollercoaster speeds with an explosion of critically ill patients.  We were zipping around between rooms with an acute stroke, multiple septic patients, two intracranial hemorrhages, and a screaming elbow dislocation when a gentleman pulled on my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes.  He was …


Ever Gone To Urgent Care And Found Out You Were Sicker Than You Thought? No Problem.

Carson Tahoe Health Passport Program makes your journey to care easier. Carson Tahoe Health’s Passport Program was implemented nearly a year ago to allow patients in need of a higher level of care to bypass duplication of wait times and to streamline the registration process. “If you arrive at one of our Clinics at Walmart or one of our Urgent Care facilities, and it’s determined that you need a higher level of care, our staff will call the Emergency Department (ED) to let that Care Team know that you’re headed their direction,” said Kitty McKay, Carson Tahoe Health Mission Integration Director. “You will be given a ‘passport’ to help identify you and simplify your experience upon arrival.” This unique program …