When to Go to the E.R.

Learn how to distinguish when does a medical condition or injury warrants a trip to the emergency department.

Accidents happen and people get sick all the time. But, when does a situation deserve the attention of emergency medical staff? There are situations when you don't even have to ask yourself. For example, in the event of a car accident, fire emergency, or when a person has uncontrollable bleeding or no pulse, you should always call 9-1-1.

It is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with heart attack signs, which include chest pain, shortness of breath and pain in the left arm. 

Seek emergency medical treatment for the following symptoms:

  • A possible broken bone
  • Sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Trouble speaking 
  • A head injury that causes unconsciousness, vomiting or confusions
  • Sudden paralysis of the face or limbs
  • Vomiting or coughing blood
  • Abnormal breathing or shortness of breath
  • Repeated episodes of vomiting
  • Suffered a bite wound

When faced with a medical issue, use your instincts to decide if the condition requires emergency treatment. 

Before you head to the hospital, make sure you have the following with you:

  • The patient's current medications
  • Insurance cards
  • Identification 
  • Primary care physician's information
  • Cell phone and charger

Medical Center Arlington is bringing peace of mind to the Grand Prairie area with the construction of the ER at Grand Prairie. Slated to open in the fall of 2013, this freestanding emergency department is staffed with board certified emergency physicians. The facility has 12 private treatment rooms and will be open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week to service pediatric and adult patients. For more information visit our website. If you would like to request a physician referral, give us a call at 1-855-868-6262.

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