Children are curious. They love to explore and as anyone with a small child will tell you, they love to put things in their mouths. They also like to copy adults and this might include “taking medicine”. Of course, they don’t understand the dangers that some products pose so it’s up to us to protect them.
There are two main reasons people overdose and both are frightening for those involved in seeking help for the injured person.
The person affected might make a mistake with their prescription medication, or perhaps, take too much of a drug when getting ‘high’ on an illegal substance. Others may want to cause deliberate harm to themselves. Both require a response from those who are in a position to seek help for the person.
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A visit to an emergency department (ED) can be frightening and is usually the result of an unexpected and sometimes traumatic event. Let’s face it. No one wants to call 000 or to drive through traffic when someone is very unwell.
Naturally, we all want to protect our kids and, thanks to medical research, safe and effective vaccines have been available for many years to protect children from serious contagious diseases, including measles and chickenpox.
The emergency department assesses & treats people with serious injuries as well as those in need of emergency treatment.