When to go to the ER

Is it an Emergency?

Although we are staffed by experience general and family physicians, we are not a substitute for your local emergency department at the Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital (HOH).

If you believe you have a medical emergency, you should immediately call 911 or go to the nearest ER (Dr. Horacio Oduber Hospital) at +297-527-4000.

Emergency physicians believe it is the responsibility of every individual to learn to recognize the warning signs of a medical emergency.

How do you decide when a medical condition rises to the level of a medical “emergency”? The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers a list of warning signs and symptoms,¬†and are not intended to represent every kind of medical emergency or substitute for medical advice from your physician, but rather to provide examples of common issues:

Reasons to call 911 or to go the ER (Spoedeisende Hulp)

If you or a family member is experiencing life-threatening illness or injury, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing, shorthness of breath
  • Severe choking (cannot breathe or talk)
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Signs or symptoms of stroke or heart attack (severe headache or chest pain)
  • Numbness in the face, arm or leg
  • Unusual abdominal pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe or persistent vomiting and diarrhea
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or altered mental status
  • Injuries with a loss of consciousness
  • Major trauma
  • Falls from greater than seven feet
  • Infants less than six months of age or with a temperature greater than 103 degrees.
  • Pregnancy bleeding or complications
  • Life threatening allergic reactions
  • Severe burns
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Amputation of a body part
  • Near drowning
  • Foreign body/ penetrating trauma to eye
  • Electrical shock
  • Open or angulated fractures
  • Head/ Neck Trauma


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