When it comes to knowing when to make a trip to the emergency room, the answer tends to vary with many. Some will say that ER visits are unnecessary, while others will say that it’s best to err on the side of caution and make the visit.
There are several things to consider when deciding whether or not to make a trip to the ER.
Whenever an illness or injury occurs, you must first determine how serious it is and how soon to get medical care. This will help you choose whether it is best to:
What is the difference between the Emergency Room and Urgent Care?
Unless a condition is life-threatening and risking disability, a trip to urgent care is generally a better use of a patient’s time and resources to treat injuries, fevers, infections and other conditions. Urgent care clinics often have shorter wait times than the ER and cost less than a traditional hospital emergency room visit.
The kinds of problems an urgent care clinic can treat include:
You should call 911 or head to the emergency room if you’re systemically sick. That’s when an illness affects your entire body, and you have severe pain or sudden onset of severe symptoms, a fever that won’t break, or “something doesn’t work,” i.e. you’re unable to move an arm or leg or breathe normally.
The following are health problems in which it is recommended to go to the emergency room:
While you or the patient may have a primary hospital, an emergency may warrant going to the nearest emergency location for immediate treatment.
Here at The Heights Hospital, our emergency room is the best place for actual emergencies. With our efficient and capable staff and commitment to providing the best care for our community, you can be assured that your needs will be taken care of with us.