While we’re social distancing during the COVID-19 crisis, you may be wondering when—and whether—you should go to the emergency room at Hancock Regional Hospital.
The short answer is, yes: We’re prepared to safely handle your emergency, even if it’s not virus related. Here are the best reasons to come to the ER now:
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Pain or pressure in your chest or upper abdomen
- Fainting or sudden dizziness or weakness
- Sudden changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Stroke-like symptoms: slurred speech, drooping on one side of the face, or weakness on one side of the body
- Injury to an extremity that results in an obvious deformity
These can be symptoms of heart attack, stroke, broken bones, major allergic reactions, accidents, injuries, and other conditions that require medical attention now. If you have any of the above symptoms, don’t put your health in jeopardy. Get to the ER and get the care you need now.