Listen to your Symptoms - When To Seek Emergency Care
At what point does a fever or stomach ache
become a medical emergency? If you slice your finger with a knife, or you are
having the worst headache you’ve ever had, should you seek emergency care? How
do you know?
answers are simple: if you think you are having the symptoms of a medical
emergency, you should seek emergency care as quickly as possible.
Emergencies are determined based on the symptoms that bring you to the ER in
the first place, not on your final diagnosis. The same symptoms can mean many
medical conclusions and oftentimes it takes an experienced physician and
several medical tests to determine if those symptoms represent some minor
ailment or something potentially life-threatening.
urgent care centers have a role to play in the health care system, they are not
substitutes for emergency care. They are an option for common medical
problems when a physician’s office is closed, but more serious problems require
screening and treatment at an emergency department.
people experience the symptoms of an emergency, such as stroke or a heart
attack, but for various reasons, such as doubt, they delay seeking care right
away, For many medical emergencies, time is of the essence.
Delays in treatment can lead to more serious consequences.
physicians want to educate every person to recognize the warning signs of a
medical emergency. Here are some common warning signs and symptoms:
breathing, shortness of breath
or upper abdominal pain, or pressure lasting two minutes or more
sudden dizziness, weakness
in mental status, unusual behavior, difficulty walking
sudden or severe pain
or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
or vomiting blood
or homicidal feelings
are just a few examples and not intended to represent every kind of medical
emergency or substitute for medical advice from your physician.
information on medical emergencies and how to prepare for emergency visits,
please visit www.EmergencyCareForYou.org.