It is not surprising that with over 42 million visitors in 2019, Las Vegas became the second most popular travel destination after New York making it a go-to for conventions and celebrations. (Lock 2020) So many visitors mean there are going to be healthcare emergencies and knowing what to do can be a life-saving decision. Healthcare emergencies when you are away from your regular doctor can be scary.
Las Vegas sees vacationers from all 50 US states and countries around the world. If you don’t know a city or available healthcare options, even a well-planned trip can turn into a disaster. We encourage you to be prepared.
How to Prepare for Your Health When Traveling to Las Vegas
Things to consider:
Travel Insurance – Does your current insurance plan cover you when you travel? You may need to purchase a travel policy for coverage when out of your insurance service area. (Norris 2020)
Prepare a list of prescription medicines you take with dosages and time of day. All medications should be in original containers with clearly marked instructions on dosing.
Don’t travel or site see alone if you have a chronic condition such as heart disease, asthma, or diabetes.
Ask the hotel for a room close to an elevator if you have mobility issues or a chronic health condition.
If you don’t speak English, be sure to have a backup plan for communicating in an emergency.
Traveling with children? Most Las Vegas hotels have pools and water features that are great fun for little ones. Be sure you have a swimming protocol in place and age appropriate flotation devices.
Be Even More Prepared
Seniors are traveling in record numbers. As we age, it might be wise to make an appointment with your doctor at least a month before you travel to Las Vegas. Work with your doctor to evaluate your health and the health of those planning to travel with you. Give your doctor all the details they need to make the right travel health recommendations for you. Be sure to provide information such as how long you’ll be gone and ok any activities that may result in unintended injury like thrill rides or nature hikes.
Don’t forget, packing for a healthy trip is important as anything else on the itinerary. It includes first aid items, sunscreen, insect repellent, over-the-counter medicines, and all your prescription medicines. Note that not all medicines, even if they are prescribed by a doctor, are legal in Las Vegas so know before you travel.
Life-Threatening Medical Conditions
Locate an emergency health facility and know how to call for help. Serious health emergencies like strokes, heart attacks and appendicitis don’t work on a schedule. If you are staying in a local hotel on the Las Vegas strip, the hotel will have a plan of action for healthcare emergencies and contacts for first responders. Hotels and casinos train employees to follow a standard emergency protocol for guests. Elite Care saw the need for emergency care that was fast and convenient for Las Vegas guests. We are ready to deal with any healthcare emergency that a big, crowded hospital ER would treat. We have on site radiology, laboratory and experienced, board-certified ER doctors.
Have fun and enjoy your time in our wonderful city and remember Elite Care Las Vegas is here to take care of your healthcare emergencies when visiting, 24/7 – 365 days of the year. We’re always open!
We are guided by the principle that people deserve faster, better medical care. We provide a level of VIP treatment that we believe every patient not only deserves but should always expect.
Our patients are seen by emergency physicians within minutes and treated with respect and compassion. The facility is clean, comfortable and has a friendly, calming atmosphere when you need it most. Patients at our facility enjoy an outstanding level of medical service provided by committed medical professionals and delivered in a prompt, efficient fashion.
Location: 150 E HARMON AVE., LAS VEGAS, NV
Hours: Open 24/7
Phone Number: (702) 546-0911
Lock, S. “Las Vegas: Visitors 2019.” Statista, 31 Jan. 2020, http://www.statista.com/statistics/221042/visitors-to-las-vegas/
Norris, Louise. Don’t Forget to Pack Travel Health Insurance. 27 May 2020, http://www.healthinsurance.org/travel-insurance/