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Though F.A.S.T. is an acronym to help people recognize the symptoms of stroke, the message is important for all emergency conditions. In this unprecedented time of COVID-19, it is easy to fall prey to fear. Many are risking their health and even their lives by choosing to stay at home instead of seeking emergency treatment when it is needed, out of fear of contracting COVID-19.

Let us assure you that the hospital is safe. Kaweah Health continues to follow strict protocols under the advisement of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and other local and federal agencies, in order to keep our patients, medical staff and employees safe. These efforts include limiting visitors, screening people at every entrance, and implementing a strict universal masking program for medical staff and employees. Your health and safety remains our first priority. We are staffed 24/7 and want to provide you with the best care possible. Seeking emergency care when it is needed can not only prevent you from discomfort, it may prevent you from long term disability, impairment, or loss of life.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 or get to the Emergency Department:

  • Stroke (facial drooping, difficulty speaking or slurred speech, weakness or numbness in arm or on one side of the body, confusion, blurred vision, dizziness or loss of balance or coordination)
  • Heart attack (chest pain, fainting or lightheadedness, sweating, shortness of breath, pain radiating to shoulders, neck or jaw, nausea or extreme fatigue)
  • Uncontrollable severe bleeding
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Coughing blood or vomiting blood
  • Severe breathing difficulties
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or vision changes
  • Severe vomiting or diarrhea
  • Changes in mental status/confusion
  • Open bone fractures

Staying home is a risk that may cost you your health, or life. Don’t let fear keep you from seeking the care that you need.

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