Dealing with a sore throat, cough, congestion or sinus infection is never
pleasant. Unfortunately, most of these illnesses are caused by viruses
that do not get better with antibiotics. Because of this, prescribed medication
is generally not the answer.
Often times, the best ‘medicine’ is to get some rest, drink
plenty of fluids, and eat right. To give patients a little extra ‘medicine’
to ease their symptoms, Mile Bluff's Emergency & Urgent Care Department
(ER/UC) is handing out get well packages.
The packages include items such as facial tissue, soup, chapstick and hand
sanitizer. This ‘medicine’ will be given to patients who come
to ER/UC for an illness that is diagnosed as a virus that is not treatable
In addition to providing comfort to patients, this initiative goes along
with Mile Bluff’s commitment to reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics
through active antibiotic stewardship.
If patients don’t notice an improvement in their symptoms within
seven to ten days, they’re encouraged to visit their primary care
provider, or to return to Mile Bluff’s ER/UC for further assessment.