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Stung By the Flu Bug?

Joliet, IL (Nov. 2, 2011)—High fevers, aching bones, diarrhea, and vomiting are all signs of the flu that can have you stuck in bed for days. But when these symptoms worsen, it can be difficult to know how to treat them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that if you experience any of the following flu signs you should seek quick medical attention.

instymeds_11-11In children, signs include:

  • High or prolonged fever
  • Fast breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Changes in mental status, such as not waking up; or seizures
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

 

In adults, additional signs include:

  • Prolonged high fever
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pain in the chest
  • Near-fainting or fainting
  • Confusion

 

Fill Your Prescription Before Leaving the ER
If the flu brings you to the Silver Cross Hospital or our 24/7 Emergency Care Center at 143rd St and Bell Rd. in Homer Glen, you can now fill your prescription with InstyMeds.   InstyMeds is a fully automated ATM-style machine that dispenses prescription medications directly to patients before leaving the Emergency Department. The system offers a safe, convenient way for patients to receive their prescription medications.

“This new system eliminates the need for patients to have to wait for their prescription at a nearby pharmacy when they’re not feeling well,” says Dr. Daniel Checco, Medical Director of the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen.  “They can now have those prescriptions filled in the Lobby and be on their way in about the same time it takes them to use their bank ATM. The added convenience will help to ensure that patients fill and take their prescribed medications leading to faster recovery.”

How does it work?   The Silver Cross medical provider enters a prescription electronically and gives patients a voucher with a unique security code. Using the touch-screen on the InstyMeds dispenser, the patient enters the unique security code and their date of birth. The system performs an insurance verification after which the patient then swipes a debit or credit card to pay their co-pay and small convenience fee for the prescription. After the machine performs a triple bar code safety check, the pre-packaged, labeled product is dispensed from the machine to the patient. The entire process typically takes a couple of minutes.

Why wait?  Check wait times online for the Silver Cross 24/7 Emergency Center in Homer Glen and the Hospital at www.silvercross.org.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction is nearly completed to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox on Feb. 26, 2012.  To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit www.silvercross.org or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).

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