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Signs It's Time to Go to the Emergency Room

Last updated 3 years ago

When you have a minor medical issue, such as an ear infection or sore throat, it’s best to schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. However, major medical issues require emergency care. For example, you should go to the emergency room promptly if you think you could be having a heart attack, stroke, or similar medical emergency. Emergency departments feature a multidisciplinary team of highly trained professionals who can quickly diagnose your condition and administer effective treatments.

Uncontrollable Bleeding

Most of the time, bleeding is minor and can be addressed at home by applying pressure with a sterile bandage. However, if the bleeding does not stop or is caused by a major injury, you should go to the emergency room. You should also seek emergency care if you have signs of internal bleeding, such as loss of consciousness, abdominal pain and swelling, or swelling and pain in the leg.

Sudden Impairment

The sudden impairment of your senses or bodily functions requires emergency care. For example, you should go to the ER if you experience a sudden loss of vision or abrupt changes in your vision. Sudden impairment may indicate a stroke. Other symptoms that are a cause for concern include sudden difficulty walking and impairment with balance or coordination.

Mental State Changes

An abrupt change in your mental state can indicate a medical emergency. You should call for emergency assistance if you experience abrupt confusion or unusual behavior. You should also call 911 if you notice that someone else has lost consciousness and/or cannot be awakened.

Severe Injury

Trauma surgeons and physicians at the emergency room can address severe injuries resulting from car accidents, acts of violence, falls, and similar events. If you have a severe injury such as a fracture, large wound, or other injury that causes significant pain, you should go to the ER promptly.

The Emergency Department at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has been recognized by numerous medical groups for our dedication to upholding the highest standards of patient care and safety. Those in need of emergency care can rely on our hospital to provide state-of-the-art technologies and techniques. If you have any questions about our emergency are services, call (888) 741-5119.


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