Knowing what kind of care is appropriate in different situations is not only important for managing your health, but it can save you from costly copays in the ER when emergency care is not needed. A medical emergency is generally considered a life-threatening condition or a condition that could result in long-term permanent damage leading to disability. The leading causes of emergency room visits among seniors include heart attack symptoms, signs of stroke, and falls, but there are some other situations where an ER visit is appropriate.
Most types of chest pain and head injuries should be met with emergency care, since there is such a wide range of potential causes, many of which are fairly serious. Any time a fracture is suspected, you should not hesitate to go to the ER, since bone fractures can lead to internal bleeding or infection in the case of open fractures. One other sign that you will always want to address in the emergency room is sudden confusion or dizziness, which may be a less recognizable indicator of heart attack or stroke.
When you need emergency care in St. Petersburg, you can rely on Palms of Pasadena Hospital for low wait times in the ER with fast-track service for less serious illness and injuries. For a closer look at why we should be your choice for emergency care, visit our website or call (855) 245-8328.