Emergency Medicine

Southwest Health Welcomes New Emergency Medicine Physician

Southwest Health proudly announces the addition of Kent Kramer, M.D. to their Emergency Medicine team. With a full spectrum of experience in Family Medicine, including 16 years of independent clinical, obstetric, emergency, and inpatient care, Dr. Kramer is joining southwest Wisconsin’s foremost Emergency Medicine team of 15 providers lead by Drs. Mark Bogner, Mitch Lewis, [read more]

Beyond Thirst: Signs You’re Dehydrated

The average human is about 60% water. True. Dehydration (when your body does not have enough water to function properly) can cause blood clots, seizures, and other potentially fatal health issues. That’s unfortunately true, too. In fact, even mild dehydration can cause problems, so everyone should know about the not-so-obvious signs of dehydration that don’t [read more]

How to put road rage in your rear view

Face to face in a supermarket isle, we’re all nice as pie. Get behind the wheel, however, and many people change in character. Chances are high you’ve experienced road rage — as a victim, a perpetrator, or maybe both. In a general sense, road rage is any display of aggression by a driver. Ask yourself [read more]

What to expect when you call 911, and what to do while you wait.

by Gerald Moore, Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) at Southwest Health Making the decision to call an ambulance can be very scary. Your adrenaline kicks in, your thoughts start racing, every episode of “Emergency” starts running through your head. So many thoughts and feelings rush in that you find yourself unable to communicate your message [read more]

Know No

By Jaime Collins, Director of Marketing and Communications It’s been buzzing through social media like an angry hornet. News about recent sexual assaults and their clueless, sexist, misogynistic, violent, and criminal perpetrators is everywhere. And it’s shocking. But our goal should not be to make Facebook explode or to shock people by detailing the damages [read more]

Who’ll Conduct the Rape Exam?

Special To The Washington Post – May 19, 2016 By Terri Slapak-Fugate, Director of Emergency/Urgent Care and the SANE Program Manager at Southwest Health As an emergency-room nurse in southwest Wisconsin, I sometimes encountered patients who had been sexually assaulted — and I was expected to help conduct an exam to collect and preserve DNA evidence, [read more]

Deadly Disconnect

Most young adult drivers (77%) are confident they can safely text while driving. More than half (55%) say it’s EASY to text and drive. Many young drivers have seen their parents talking on a cell phone or texting. A third of US drivers (18-64 years old) ADMIT to texting while driving. That’s not to mention drivers [read more]

A day in the life of an ER nurse.

by Terri Slapak-Fugate, RN “Burr, its cold out” I whisper to myself as I leave my house for work. I crank the heat in my car as I head off into the darkness…not a soul around, because everyone else is still asleep. I’m due in to the hospital at 5:00 am. As I enter the [read more]

Getting You Better Faster – What You Can Expect from Us.

By Dan Rohrbach The best care is care that fits your busy life. That’s why our Emergency Department doctors and staff keep track of what we call “Door to Discharge” time as part of our quality measures. Let’s call it D2D. At Southwest Health our D2D averages just 75 minutes. Let’s be clear. We’re not [read more]