Reasons You May Need Emergency Room Care | Charleston & Mt. Pleasant 
 
 
 

A visit to our Mount Pleasant or Charleston emergency room is probably not on your list of things you'd like to do, but according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 there were 129.8 million visits to emergency rooms across the United States, with nearly one-third of those visits resulting from injuries. With this in mind, itfs likely that at some point, either you or a loved one will require emergency care.

If you are confused about when to use an emergency room versus visiting your general practitioner or a non-emergent facility, here are a few tips that may help:

Emergency care is needed if a person or unborn baby could die or be permanently disabled. Call 9-1-1 or get the person to the ER immediately if they:

  • Are choking
  • Have stopped breathing
  • Have a head injury and have passed out, fainted or are confused
  • Have an injury to the neck or spine, especially if there is loss of feeling or inability to move.
  • Have suffered an electric shock or lightning strike
  • Have been severely burned
  • Have had a seizure that lasted three to five minutes.

You should also seek emergency care for problems such as:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Passing out or fainting
  • Severe chest pain or pressure
  • Pain in the arm or jaw
  • Unusual or bad headache, especially if it started suddenly
  • Suddenly not able to speak, see, walk or move
  • Suddenly weak or drooping on one side of the body
  • Dizziness or weakness that does not go away
  • Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes
  • Sudden confusion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Possible broken bone, loss of movement, especially if the bone is pushing through the skin
  • Deep wound
  • Serious burn
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • Severe pain anywhere in the body
  • Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, hives
  • High fever that doesn't get better with medicine
  • Continuous throwing up or loose stools
  • Poisoning or overdose of drugs or alcohol
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures.