Fort Smith hospital sets up flu clinic to ease ER crowding
January 12, 2018
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — To keep flu sufferers from clogging its emergency room, a Fort Smith hospital has opened a separate clinic to keep non-emergency patients away.
The president of Mercy Clinic, Dr. Cole Goodman, said the emergency room at Mercy Fort Smith is "bursting at the seams" with waits of up to 10 hours. He told The Times Record that about 60 percent of recent emergency room cases have been flu-related, but flu isn't always an emergency.
Still, people should seek emergency care if they have fast breathing, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, pain or pressure in the ch...