When to Come to the ER for Treatment
Should I go to St. Mary's ER or the Convenient Care Centers for Treatment?
What is an emergency?
An emergency is an injury or medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated quickly and correctly by knowledgeable healthcare professionals.
Emergency conditions often include the following:
- Chest pain or tightness in the chest
- Severe abdominal pain
- Motor vehicle accidents with injury
- Shortness of breath or choking
- Bleeding that does not stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure
- Suddenly not being able to speak or move
- Overdoses or swallowing poison
- Broken bones or gaping wounds
- Sudden, severe headaches, vision problems, sudden weakness or dizziness
- Physical assaults
- Children with diarrhea/vomiting and dry mouth or little urination
- Children with fever who are difficult to arouse
- Infants less than three months old with a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Suspected child or elder abuse
What is not an emergency?
Occasionally, you may not be sure if you need to go to the emergency department. When in doubt, it is best to call your physician or your health plan's information line. They will help you decide whether you need emergency care.
Your doctor may advise you to make an appointment the next day or be able to give you some self-care advice to help you feel better.
Common non-emergencies that may be more appropriate for a scheduled appointment in a doctor's office or a visit to St. Mary's Convenient Care include the following:
- An earache in an adult without fever
- Cold and flu symptoms
- A sunburn or minor cooking burn
- A skin rash
- Muscle sprains
- A minor cut where the bleeding is under control
- A sore throat
- A toothache