How do I know when I should go to the ER or wait until the clinic opens to see you?

That’s a great question and one we hear a lot. Let me give you a few guidelines to go by. If at any time you are feeling the symptoms of a heart attack, stroke, or feel like life or limb are in danger go to the nearest ER or call 911.
Here are some additional warning signs and conditions that may also warrant a trip to the ER:
• Chest pain or pressure
• Uncontrolled bleeding
• Sudden or severe pain
• Coughing/vomiting blood
• Severe allergic reaction
• Difficulty breathing
• Sudden dizziness/weakness
• Severe persistent vomiting /diarrhea >48 hours
• Changes in mental status, confusion that is sudden
Here is some potential non-life threatening conditions that should you choose could potentially wait until the clinic opens.
• Minor cuts requiring stitches
• Sprains
• Simple fractures
• Minor Eye injuries
• Flu symptoms
• Fever
• Insect bites
While some illnesses make us uncomfortable and downright miserable, they are not life threatening. We are always here to help the residents of Lost River and beyond, but just be mindful of what a true emergency is; and what can wait until the morning. And as always, if you are just unsure what to do, don’t hesitate to come it. We will be glad to help you on your way to recovery and better health.

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