Should You Visit?
Unlike an urgent care clinic where you can really only receive treatment for minor illnesses, limited testing and physicals, a freestanding ER can handle any medical emergency that a traditional hospital emergency room can treat.
This includes everything from strokes and heart attacks to allergic reactions and severe sports injuries. If you or a loved one are experiencing a medical emergency, or think one may be occurring, Patients Emergency Room can help.
Signs of a Stroke
Strokes are often accompanied by numbness on one side of the body, especially appendages. This numbness, combined with mental disorientation or a sudden loss of balance, coordination and slurred speech could be indicative of a stroke. If someone is experiencing a sudden onset of these symptoms it is imperative to seek qualified medical help immediately.
Signs of Heart Attack
Sudden chest pain, often described as pressure likened to fullness in the center of the chest, should always be addressed by a medical professional. Heart attacks are often accompanied by pain in one or both arms and can also manifest in the jaw, neck, back and stomach. Many people experience shortness of breath, nausea and cold sweat.
Serious head injuries are always best addressed by qualified medical professionals, but this is doubly true in cases where a concussion has resulted from head trauma. Concussions can leave people with an almost congestive headache, ringing in the ears and significant changes in behavior. If someone has sustained a blow to the head and is experiencing short-term amnesia, confusion, irritability or a loss of balance, a concussion is likely. Severe concussions can also result in seizures and vomiting.
It is essential for concussions to be treated with proper medical care, as symptoms can worsen over time or manifest after the initial trauma. If you are with someone who is showing these symptoms it is important to seek medical attention immediately.
Allergic reactions result from exposure or ingestions of a substance to which a person is allergic. The resulting symptoms are often dependent upon the exposure.
If you have physically come into contact with something that has resulted in irritation such as hives, a rash, eruptions, swelling or blistering, seeking medical assistance is advisable.
Inhaled allergens are also a danger, and can result in shortness of breath or a sudden onset of coughing, wheezing or general tightness and breathing difficulties.
Eyes are also vulnerable to allergens, and can become itchy and swollen or bloodshot and watery.
Ingested allergens can result in anaphylactic shock, which carries with it a risk for death. If you are with someone who has eaten something which resulted in sudden itching, swelling, difficulty breathing or swallowing it is imperative to seek immediate medical attention. Less violent reactions include vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
Pneumonia can be a potentially life-threatening illness, especially for the young, enfeebled or elderly. Pneumonia symptoms include fever accompanied by coughing, chills, chest pains when breathing and excessive sweating or clamminess.
If a persistent cough is bringing up mucus, especially of a green or yellow tinge, or mucus containing blood, pneumonia is a potential diagnosis.
Although sports injuries are generally not difficult to diagnose, the severe ones cannot be treated at a standard urgent care clinic. Patients Emergency Room has all the capabilities of a traditional hospital emergency room, meaning we can effectively treat all sports injuries.
These injuries include compound fractures, dislocations, concussions, deep lacerations, dehydration, sprains and more. If you or a loved one has suffered a sports-related injury it is always advisable to seek qualified medical assistance.