Australians unclear on true emergencies like meningitis and overdose

Many wouldn’t go to ED with a child exhibiting meningococcal disease symptoms or if someone had taken 10 paracetamols in 12 hours, Edith Cowan University study shows

More than half of Australians would not seek emergency medical care for a child with symptoms of meningococcal disease or for a paracetamol overdose, new research suggests.

While patients with GP-style presentations are often blamed for gridlocking EDs, Perth researchers have found the opposite also holds true — with many who need urgent care possibly staying away.

Their survey of 5264 adults revealed 57% did not think it was necessary to call 000 or go to the ED when a four-year old had a high