The Risks of Delaying Care

Even as hospitals work to care for patients with COVID-19, it remains just as important that others in the community not delay critical care or avoid a necessary visit to the hospital. Dr. Douglas Ross, President of CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs, explains that communication with your primary care physician is the key to deciding whether a hospital or clinic visit is needed, or if it can be safely pushed to a later date. 

“We need to continue to re-educate that your outcomes are potentially going to be even worse if you delay care for non-COVID illness,” said Dr. Ross. 

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