Emergency Care Archives - Carson Tahoe Health

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

Click Here For Homemade Mask Pattern & Donation Information 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. Limiting Visitation Based on guidance from the CDC and the principal of social distancing, Carson Tahoe Health is taking measures to protect patients, visitors, and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19. New Visitor Limitation Guidelines (6/8/2020): No visitors age 12 and under. Routine visiting hours for inpatient units will be 2 – 6 pm, limited to one visitor per patient (please no large groups or families) Exceptions will be made for patient’s in critical condition, at the discretion of the caregiver, or for companions …


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 …


How to Spot Concussion Symptoms

Concussions can cause serious health complications, but they don’t show up in typical imaging tests. Where should you turn for diagnosis and treatment? It happened. Your child took the field for the first time and knocked heads with another player. When you get home, you notice your little athlete seems groggy and is complaining of a headache. It’s possible your child may have a mild traumatic brain injury—also known as a concussion—that could require treatment from a specialist. Not a Mild Injury A fall, jolt, or an impact that interferes with the normal function of the brain may cause a concussion. However, the term “mild traumatic brain injury” can be misleading. “The way the injury occurs is mild—not the injury …