When to Go to the Department of Emergency Medicine
Our Emergency Department accepts patients
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1.
There may be times when it is difficult to know whether an injury or illness requires a trip to the Emergency Department.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), individuals with the following conditions should seek emergency care:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
- Unusual abdominal pain
Parents and caregivers should always seek immediate medical attention if a child is having a medical emergency.
To receive the best care possible as quickly as possible, patients should:
- Bring a list of medications and / or allergies; know how often and how long medications have been taken
- Know your and / or your child’s immunization history
- Remain calm to make it easier to communicate with the emergency team
Some insurance plans require pre-authorization for emergency room visits. It is best to become familiar with your plan before an emergency arises.