In the event of an emergency, having immediate access to specialized medical care can be the difference between life and death.
Emergency care is essential care. No matter the circumstances, South Shore Health is committed to providing patients with access to emergent care, and to treating them when and where they need to be treated.
When Does Someone Need Emergency Care?
When emergencies arise, seeking medical care as quickly as possible is the best way to ensure a positive outcome for everyone involved. For many health concerns, postponing care can lead to much more serious complications in addition to unnecessary suffering. In the event of an emergency, neglecting to seek proper care can put your life at risk. Please don’t allow your health concerns to become emergencies by delaying medical intervention.
Not all health issues qualify as emergencies. But, if you are uncertain about whether or not your situation requires emergency intervention, it is always safer to contact your doctor or an emergency response team rather than opting not to. For lesser emergencies like rashes or skin irritations, mild fever or flu-like symptoms, or non-lethal injuries like broken bones, you can always seek out an urgent care clinic instead of going directly to a hospital or ER.
Of course, there are situations where uncertainty isn’t a factor. If an injury is obviously life-threatening or if you or someone around you is experiencing any of the following symptoms, please either call 911 or go to your nearest emergency care center immediately.
Signs of an emergency condition may include:
- Wheezing, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing
- Extreme or increasing chest pain
- Fainting or dizziness
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the body
- Any pain that is intense or localized (affecting any area of the body specifically)
- Confusion or sudden changes in mental capabilities
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Severe headache or head injury
- Sudden inability to speak, walk, or move normally
Is it Safe to Go to the ER?
The short answer? Yes. Absolutely. As healthcare providers around the country work to adapt and respond to our nation’s current health crisis, we want our patients to know that their health and safety are always a priority.
Many are apprehensive about entering hospital settings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rest assured, South Shore Health is equipped to provide patients with safe, reliable, and personalized care at all times, even amidst a public health crisis. Our care facilities are strictly following all social distancing, sanitation, personal safety, and visitor restriction guidelines to ensure the wellbeing of every person who enters our spaces, including patients, visitors, care providers, and all other members of our staff.
Emergent Care at South Shore Health
At South Shore Health, we treat over 100,000 patients each year. Our emergency medicine specialists, mobile integrated health teams, and trauma center physicians are here for patients 24/7, 365 days a year. So, no matter when or where the unexpected happens, expert care is always available.
We have over 350 emergency health professionals, including over a hundred highly-trained EMS responders who are prepared to meet life-threatening health and trauma conditions with rapid, personalized care. South Shore Health also has a dedicated pediatric emergency care unit which offers our youngest patients access to board-certified pediatric physicians, surgeons, and emergency medicine specialists in the event of an emergency.
Visit the South Shore Health website to learn more about emergency care services and to see how South Shore physicians, nurses, and staff are working around the clock to prioritize patient safety in all circumstances.