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Identifying an Emergency

There are symptoms and injuries that obviously require emergency care. But what should you do in the case of your more common injuries and illnesses?

There are warning signs that will notify you if there is a medical emergency:

  • Irregular breathing pattern or difficulty breathing
  • Unusual abdominal pain 
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Fainting spells, dizziness, weakness or blurred vision
  • Pain, pressure or tightness in the chest and/or abdominal area
  • Sudden change in mental status (confusion, irritation, unusual behavior, suicidal or homicidal feelings)
  • Sudden and severe pain
  • Excessive bleeding that will not stop
  • Coughing or vomiting up blood


ER vs. Express Care

If you find yourself or a loved one in need of  emergency care, call 911.  For those situations that are not so critical and you need to see a doctor right away, Roper St. Francis offers several walk-in locations that are even open late and on weekends. Call (843) 402-LATE
Services 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. daily, Monday - Friday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday - Sunday.

Consult your doctor prior to a critical situation to determine where to go in case of an emergency. Become familiar with the location and how to get there. And be sure to keep a first aid kit in a convenient place.




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