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