When you’re experiencing a life-threatening condition, such as chest pains, a head injury or severe bleeding, the Emergency Department at Saint Francis Medical Center is your best option for medical care. However, if your situation is non-life-threating, such as a sprained ankle or a sore throat,... Read more
When you visit the emergency department, you become exposed to many different viruses and diseases. However, if you take basic precautions, you can minimize your risk of infection when you or a loved one need emergency care.
Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after visiting the... Read more
Most people who visit the emergency room do not have true emergencies, but rather "urgencies:" Injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening, but need quick attention. Those include ankle sprains, cuts, high fevers and ear infections.
In the ER, patients with true emergencies such as stroke, heart... Read more
If Stephen Friar had not had an appointment with his neurosurgeon, he would have stayed at home – even though he was experiencing uncontrollable shaking and nausea, and redness and severe pain in his upper leg. If he had stayed put, he might never have known... Read more
Modified Early Warning System (MEWS) is a tool Saint Francis Medical Center uses to help nurses identify patients who might need early intervention for declining clinical conditions. With MEWS, they are able to reduce “code blue” (cardiopulmonary) emergencies and call the hospital’s rapid response team more... Read more
Many people know that chest pain can often signal a heart attack. But few are aware there are many other, lesser-known symptoms of the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.
“A heart attack occurs when the blood flow from the artery that brings oxygen... Read more
As a retired paramedic, Ken Snyder knows the signs of a heart attack by … well, heart. But when he started feeling indigestion, sweating and a strange sensation in his chest the morning of June 6, he did not consider that he was experiencing the same... Read more
The Saint Francis Medical Center Emergency and Trauma Center treats every patient quickly. There may be times, however, when you are asked to wait. That is why we have created a waiting room video that explains what you can expect and how an emergency room works.
“When... Read more
When you or your loved one experiences a medical emergency, you want only the best care. Saint Francis Medical Center’s Level III Emergency and Trauma Center offers specialized care for its youngest patients and seniors throughout the region.
The designated children’s area features exam areas and equipment specifically tailored... Read more
High temperatures during the summer can lead to heat stroke – a medical emergency. It can occur as a progression from fainting or heat exhaustion, or it can happen suddenly, even if you have no other signs of heat injury. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
Nausea... Read more