It was supposed to be a normal morning for Richard and Dianne Jensen of Hibbing, Minnesota. On April 16, 2021, Richard had just finished eating his breakfast and taking his morning medication for blood pressure and cholesterol. But when his wife, Dianne, walked into the kitchen she found him leaning against the wall, his arms and face hanging downward. At first she thought he was just bending over to pick something up. When he kept not answering her, she approached and realized something was terribly wrong. Richard Jensen had just suffered an acute ischemic stroke.
Crack. You hear the branch break and look up to see a blur of blue fall to the ground. Your son cries out and you rush to him. When you check him over, he tries to move his arm, but winces in pain. Luckily, he’s able to move it. Thank goodness! But he’s definitely injured. How bad, you can’t tell. Should you take him to the ED? Or to his primary care provider? You’re not a medical expert, and you only want to do what’s best for your son. What should you do?
When an illness or injury comes up, it can be hard to know where you should head. Is it serious enough for the emergency department? Or can your primary care provider help? No need to worry, we’ll help you answer those questions. Here is a breakdown of the levels of healthcare.