Do you know when to head to the emergency room?
When accidents happen, everything seems to spin out of control. A minor injury may seem more severe or you might wonder if you’re overreacting. The emergency room can be an overwhelming place, so knowing when it’s an emergency can help you decide how to handle a medical situation. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, there are certain health issues that should send you right to the ER.
Go to the Emergency Room if you are experiencing:
- trouble breathing
- pain or pressure in the chest or upper abdominal area
- loss of consciousness, weakness, or dizziness that comes on suddenly
- vision changes or blurring
- confusion or difficulty communicating or thinking
- sudden severe pain
- bleeding that will not stop; coughing or vomiting blood
- severe diarrhea or vomiting
- feelings of suicide
- possible broken bone
- serious accident or injury
Children may not always be able to communicate their problems, so bring them in to be on the safe side if you suspect a serious issue. If you’re still unsure about what to do, consult your doctor’s office for advice.
What to bring to the ER:
- insurance information
- medication list and allergies
- immunization information
- other pertinent medical information
You can be prepared for the unexpected by filling out an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card today. This potentially lifesaving card should be carried with you at all times so that the ER staff can best serve you. St. Petersburg General Hospital’s Emergency Room is available 24/7. If you have any questions or would like to find a physician, please call our free Consult-A-Nurse® service at 1-888-741-5122.