Freestanding ER vs Hospital ER

At Emergis ER, we want you to have access to 24-hour emergency care when you need it—we just hope you never need it. Here are some common symptoms that bring people to the emergency room and when they might warrant a visit:

Potential Danger in Self-Diagnosing Symptoms

We’ve all been there before: Something hurts, so we search the Internet. Checking forums, reading medical websites, and or even asking friends on social media for their opinion is natural. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous.

Your prior medical history can make all the difference between your chest pain being linked to severe heart burn or an actual heart attack, especially for women. And that stomach pain you feel could be some bad chicken or sushi, or it could be the first signs of gall bladder issues or kidney failure. The same type of pain—and even the same degree of pain—has a wide variety of potential causes, and the Internet simply can’t help you discern your specific situation. But medical staff can.

How to Know When to Go to the ER

Life is full of aches and pains. Some are worse than others. If you are experiencing pains or symptoms severe enough for you to wonder, “Should I go to the ER?”, then chances are the answer is YES.

Here are some general guidelines to know that you are experiencing something worth an emergency room visit:

  • Shooting pain
  • Pain lasting more than a day
  • Inability to breathe
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Inability to perform basic tasks like standing, walking, or moving
  • Blurred vision
  • Loss of motor skills, such as speech and picking up or holding objects
  • Loss of hearing
  • Tingling or numbness
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head injuries
  • Deep cuts or scrapes
  • Broken bones
  • And more

If you’re not sure if you need emergency services, go to the emergency room and ask for an evaluation. They can help you make informed, medically sound decisions so that you can rely on trained and trusted sources of information instead of what you may find on an unqualified website.