when to use the emergency room

When to Go to the Emergency Room

ER of Texas Emergency Center's 24-hour emergency care are staffed with board-certified ER physicians.

When to use the emergency room

Whenever an illness or injury occurs, you need to decide how serious it is and how soon to get medical care. This will help you choose whether it is best to:

  • Call your health care provider
  • Go to an urgent care clinic
  • Go to an emergency department right away

It pays to think about the right place to go. Treatment in an emergency department can cost 2 to 3 times more than the same care in your provider's office. Think about this and the other issues listed below when deciding.

Signs of an Emergency

How quickly do you need care? It is an emergency if a person or unborn baby could die or be permanently disabled.

Call 911 or the nearest emergency room to have the emergency team come to you right away if you cannot wait, such as for:

  • Choking
  • Stopped breathing
  • Head injury with passing out, fainting, or confusion
  • Injury to the neck or spine, particularly if there is loss of feeling or inability to move
  • Electric shock or lightning strike
  • Severe burn
  • Severe chest pain or pressure
  • Seizure that lasted 3 to 5 minutes

Go to a closest emergency room or call 911 or the local emergency room for help for problems such as:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Passing out, fainting
  • Pain in the arm or jaw
  • Unusual or bad headache, particularly 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
  • Dizziness or weakness that does not go away
  • Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes
  • Sudden confusion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Possible broken bone, loss of movement, particularly if the bone is pushing through the skin
  • Deep wound
  • Serious burn
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • Severe pain anywhere on the body
  • Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, hives
  • High fever with headache and stiff neck
  • High fever that does not get better with medicine
  • Throwing up or loose stools that does not stop
  • Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Seizures

When to go to an Urgent Care Clinic

When you have a problem, do not wait too long to get medical care. If your problem is not life threatening or risking disability, but you are concerned and you cannot see your provider soon enough, go to an urgent care clinic.

The kinds of problems an urgent care clinic can deal with include:

  • Common illnesses, such as colds, the flu, earaches, sore throats, migraines, low-grade fevers, and limited rashes
  • Minor injuries, such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, or minor eye injuries

If you are not Sure, Talk to Someone

If you are not sure what to do, and you don't have one of the serious conditions listed above, call your provider. If the office is not open, your phone call may be forwarded to someone. Describe your symptoms to the provider who answers your call, and find out what you should do.

Your provider or health insurance company may also offer a nurse telephone advice hotline. Call this number and tell the nurse your symptoms for advice on what to do.

Prepare now

Before you have a medical problem, learn what your choices are. Check the website of your health insurance company. Put these telephone numbers in the memory of your phone:

  • Your provider
  • The closest emergency department
  • Nurse telephone advice line
  • Urgent care clinic
  • Walk-in clinic

Our emergency cares are located in the Dallas area including in Highland Village, Little Elm, Hurst, Colleyville, Texoma, Hillcrest, Uptown, Mansfield and surrounding communities.

All our medical emergency rooms are open 24/7. We have board-certified emergency medicine physicians on-site 24 hours, and state-of-the-art equipment. We accept most medical insurance plans* and have little to no wait times in our ERs.

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Locations

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  • Little Elm Chamber of Commerce
  • Highland Village Business Association
  • Rotary Club for Highland Village
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  • Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce

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