If you are experiencing a lifethreatening emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number. The emergency medical services staff will know where to transport you. If you decide to drive, it’s usually best to go to the nearest emergency department. If more specialized services are needed, emergency staff will know how to stabilize and transport you to a higher level of care.
EMERGENCY CARE OR URGENT CARE?
If you think you are having a medical emergency, seek emergency care. Urgent care centers are good options for common medical problems when a physician’s office is closed or unable to provide an appointment. They treat minor illnesses and injuries, such as flu, fever, earaches, nausea, rashes, animal and insect bites, minor bone fractures and minor cuts requiring stitching. Emergency departments are prepared for every kind of medical emergency, including heart attacks, stroke, motor vehicle crashes, psychiatric emergencies and lifethreatening conditions. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and have special equipment and highly qualified physicians, physician assistants and nurses to respond to every kind of adult and childhood emergency.
||If possible, make sure to tell family members to follow behind the ambulance to the hospital in order to answer necessary questions or provide the necessary documents.