When to Consider Seeking Emergency Medical Care

Emergency Care

In the event of illness or injury, deciding the best place to seek care can be confusing. Should you contact your primary care physician or will a hospital’s emergency care services deliver care more promptly?

Receiving the most efficient care depends on the severity of your injury or illness and the time of day. Unfortunately, your primary care physician may not be available at all hours and you may have to wait to get an appointment. Urgent care services are also sometimes not open 24 hours a day and can sometimes lacking the comprehensive diagnostic abilities available at a hospital emergency room. So, if you are experiencing a medical condition that requires immediate care, a hospital ER may be your best bet to receive prompt and personalized care.

Some symptoms that typically require emergency care include:

  • Stroke symptoms:
    Sudden severe headache, loss of vision, trouble speaking or understanding, loss of coordination, and numbness on one side of the body
  • Symptoms of a cardiac event:
    Including chest pain, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and feelings of impending doom
  • Severe burn or bone fracture:
    Both of these conditions cause extreme pain and discomfort and need to be tended to by a trained medical professional immediately
  • Accidental poisoning or drug overdose:
    This includes taking too much of a medication, alcohol poisoning, or ingestion of any other poison
  • Head injury:
    Someone who suffers trauma to the head may need to undergo diagnostic tests immediately to rule out possible damage to the skull or brain
  • Severe bleeding:
    Bleeding that persists even with the continuous application of pressure for 15 minutes should be treated immediately by emergency room professionals to halt further blood loss
  • Other traumatic injury:
    Including gunshot and stab wounds
  • Severe gastrointestinal issues:
    Intense pain in the abdomen can be a sign of appendicitis or other potentially life-threatening conditions

The emergency care services at MountainView Hospital provide patients with a full range of diagnostic techniques and experienced emergency physicians. To learn more about our emergency room and emergency care services, visit our website or contact us at (702) 255-5000.

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