Raulerson Hospital

1796 Hwy 441 N
Okeechobee, FL 34972
Phone: (863) 763-2151

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When is it really an emergency?

It can be difficult to decide when it's time to go to an emergency room, and many patients may be reluctant to go. But emergency care saves countless lives every year. When should you go to the emergency room? The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) suggests that patients come to the emergency room if they experience the following symptoms:

  • Abnormal breathing or shortness of breath
  • Pressure or pain in the upper abdomen or chest
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or fainting
  • Abrupt loss of vision, in one or both eyes
  • Sudden confusion or change in mental state
  • Bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Persistent or severe diarrhea and/or vomiting
  • Vomiting or coughing blood
  • Trouble speaking
  • Sudden paralysis in the face or limbs, especially on one side of the body
  • Unusual pain in the abdomen
  • Head injury that causes vomiting, confusion, or unconsciousness

When should you bring your child to the ER?

Children may also have additional symptoms that merit a trip to the emergency room. If the above symptoms occur in children, they should be taken to the emergency room. Additionally, children should go to the ER for the following conditions:

  • Burns that are discolored, deep, or larger than the child's palm
  • Chemical burns
  • Fever accompanied by rash or neck stiffness
  • Fever higher than 100.4 degrees in infants less than three months old
  • Drastic changes in behavior, including sudden irritability or mood swings
  • Seizure
  • Inability to stand or walk
  • Lips or skin that look grey, blue, or purple
  • Difficulty eating, drinking, or feeding
  • Delirium, confusion, or excessive sleepiness

How long will I be in the emergency room?

Our main goal is to serve everyone with caring and quality treatment as quickly as possible. We must prioritize and use our resources appropriately and effectively. The length of time you may spend in our Emergency Department depends on the following:

  • How quickly you are seen by a physician, which depends on the seriousness of your illness or injury
  • The types of tests you need in order for our medical staff to provide the best quality of care
  • How long it takes to get the results of the tests back