Emergency medical care provides immediate treatment for urgent medical concerns. Illness and injury can occur at any time, requiring professional care to address the situation. Never hesitate to visit the emergency room if you need treatment for a serious medical condition.
Chest pain, fullness, or discomfort is often a warning sign of a serious medical emergency, particularly a heart attack. In some cases, the pain may radiate outward into the arms, neck, and jaw. If you are worried that you or a family member is experiencing pain or other symptoms associated with a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately.
Severe abdominal pain is also an indication to seek emergency care. Pain in the abdomen may arise from food poisoning, kidney stones, or even a ruptured ectopic pregnancy. Debilitating abdominal pain or uncontrollable nausea and vomiting should be evaluated by a physician as soon as possible.
Sprains and Fractures
Sprains and fractures are common injuries treated in the ER. These types of injuries often occur during sports, exercise, or work that requires bending, lifting, and carrying. If you aren’t sure whether a bone has been broken or not, it’s best to have the area X-rayed to be sure. Continuous and severe pain or swelling after a fall or blow is an indicator that medical care is needed to treat your injury.
Cuts and Burns
While not all cuts and burns require a trip to the emergency room, deep cuts that bleed uncontrollably require immediate care. A severe burn that produces blisters or has damaged the deeper layers of the skin is also considered an emergency that should be evaluated by a professional. Cuts or burns that have embedded debris in the surrounding skin should be treated immediately to prevent infection.
At JFK Medical Center, our emergency room is standing by night and day to ensure your family’s health and safety. You can reach us by calling (561) 548-3553 or clicking on our web contact form. If you live in Palm Beach Gardens or Boynton Beach, you can visit one of our two off-site emergency rooms dedicated to providing ER care closer to home. To find more information about medical emergencies and how to handle them, please visit our website.