Emergency Services

The Emergency Department at Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital is prepared to handle everything from heart attacks to broken bones with equal skill and speed. Patient care is available around the clock, and the emergency room is staffed with board-certified physicians, specially trained ER nurses, and dedicated support staff. Many patients are treated on-site and released. Patients with more serious illness or injury are admitted to the hospital and transferred to the appropriate department for further treatment.


HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED TO VISIT THE EMERGENCY ROOM?

It is not always easy to evaluate whether an injury can be treated at home or if emergency medical help is needed. If you or someone you are with exhibits any combination of these symptoms, it is recommended that you -


Call 911 immediately:

Chest pressure or chest pain
Shortness of breath, difficulty swallowing, racing or skipping heartbeats, fainting
Unusually severe headache, numbness, weakness or loss of vision (particularly on one side of body), dizziness, confusion, ringing in the ears, pupils of uneven size, loss of bowel or bladder control
Bleeding that cannot be stopped (longer than five minutes)
Falls (especially dangerous to the elderly)
Poisoning, snake or spider bites
Burns (second or third degree)
Severe vomiting
Unconsciousness


WAYS TO HELP YOUR EMERGENCY TEAM

If you know the patient, bring along any prescription medication being taken.
Tell the ER team about any continuing illnesses, food allergies, medications, or any illegal drugs being used.
Tell the team what language the patient speaks.
Does the patient use eyeglasses, hearing aid, cane, walker or wheelchair?
Let the emergency team take charge of the situation.



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