Since the need for emergency care typically arises rather suddenly, patients who visit the emergency room may feel a little out of sorts. Preparing for a visit before the need arises may help alleviate your concerns. For example, it’s always a good idea to know where the nearest emergency room is in your area. However, bear in mind that you can always call 911 if you require transportation to the emergency department.
When Should I Visit the Emergency Room?
In certain cases, the need for emergency care is clear, such as when a bone is fractured or bleeding is uncontrollable. Emergency care is also required if you experience the sudden loss of function, such as abrupt changes in your vision, hearing, balance, and coordination. You should also visit the emergency room if you suffer from possible symptoms of a heart attack, such as chest pain, and potential signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as facial swelling. If you are unsure of whether you should visit the emergency room or wait for an appointment with your doctor, it may be best to err on the side of caution and seek emergency aid.
What Can I Expect Upon Arrival?
When you arrive at the emergency room, you can expect to undergo triage. Triage is the process of assessing your symptoms to determine the severity of your condition. Your vital signs will be checked and you can expect to answer questions about your medical history. Emergency room staff treat patients with possible life-threatening conditions first.
What Can I Expect Upon Discharge?
After treatment, you may be transferred to a hospital room for further monitoring or you may be discharged. If you are discharged, you’ll receive information on caring for your condition and instructions to follow up with your primary care physician.
The emergency care team at South Bay Hospital provides emergency medical services 24 hours per day, seven days per week, on each day of the year. Our wait times are consistently lower than most emergency rooms and we strive to provide the highest standard of care possible. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. Otherwise, contact our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595 for general questions about our hospital in Sun City Center.