How do you know which hospital to go to in an emergency?

Some health problems can’t wait for a regular appointment with your doctor. If you think you need emergency care , don’t delay going to the hospital. But which one should you go to? Watch the accompanying video to hear from an emergency care expert at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. He explains that not all hospitals have the same resources. At Sunrise, patients have access to a full range of specialty services.

How to know when to drive to the ER
Some examples of medical emergencies that aren’t life-threatening include:

  • Broken leg
  • Sprained ankle
  • Respiratory infection
  • Food poisoning
  • Moderate lacerations
  • Moderate burn injuries

How to know which hospital to choose
In many cases, patients simply prefer to go to the closest emergency care center. However, a little research can make a big difference. For instance, HCA-affiliated hospitals are famous for having very short waiting times.

Additionally, you can check the hospital’s website for a list of their specialty medical services. If you’re a cancer patient and you’re experiencing potential complications of your disease or treatment, you would want to go to a hospital with an oncology unit. If you’re a diabetic with a potentially infected wound, you would want a hospital with a wound care program.

How to know when to call 911
Any injury or condition that you suspect might be life-threatening warrants a prompt call to 911. Some examples include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Seizure
  • Traumatic injury
  • Ectopic pregnancy
  • Pulmonary embolism

The emergency responders will coordinate your care for you. They may take you to the nearest emergency room, or they may take you straight to a hospital that offers specialty programs like cardiac care.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center provides superior emergency care to Las Vegas residents 24/7, every day of the year. Our team of specialists and nurses is dedicated to saving lives because we live and work in the same community as our patients. For non-emergent questions only, or for a physician referral, you can call a registered nurse at (702) 233-5300.

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