Patients

Reasons to Immediately Call

  1. A fever (greater than 100.4) has developed or you have chills or others signs of an infection.
  2. You feel light-headed, dizzy when standing or rising from a sitting position.
  3. Diarrhea has not abated over 24-48 hours despite treatment.
  4. Bleeding has developed from your nose, gums or red spots on your arms or legs are apparent.
  5. Nausea and/or vomiting is not controlled and/or impairs maintenance.
  6. Sores have developed on your mouth and/or throat.
  7. White patches have developed in the mouth.
  8. Bloody or black stools have been noted.
  9. A cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain has developed.
  10. Calf pain, swelling, or redness in the legs or feet (which could signify a blood clot) have developed.
  11. Abnormal vaginal discharge, itching, or odor has developed.
  12. New or uncontrollable pain has developed.
  13. Numbness, tingling, or pain in your extremities has developed.
  14. Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or a “pimple” at the site of your IV or chemotherapy administration.
  15. Hearing or vision changes, gait impairment (falls or near falls), new unexplained headache, speech impairment, excessive sleepiness or weakness of an extremity had have developed.
  16. Exposure to someone with an infectious illness, including chickenpox.
  17. Unexplained weight gain or loss of 10 pounds or more.
  18. An unexplained rash has developed.
  19. In case of an emergency, call 911.

Phone Calls, After-hours and Emergencies

If you need urgent care during office hours, call the office immediately and tell the person answering the call that it is an emergency. A nurse, physician assistant or doctor will evaluate your situation and give your or caregiver immediate instructions.

IF AT ANY TIME YOU EXPERIENCE A LIFE-THREATENING EMERGENCY, CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY. INFORM THE ER ON ARRIVAL THAT YOU ARE UNDER OUR CARE.

Source: Dr. Jack F. Jacoub, OC Blood & Cancer Care

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