Top Causes of Emergency Room Visits

Top Causes of Emergency Room Visits

When it comes to emergencies, accidents, or illnesses, it can sometimes be difficult to know if an ER visit is necessary. If you fall and hurt yourself, the need to go to the ER may be there, and it may not be. Did you break a bone? Is it a sprain, or are you just overreacting? What about internal pain? You’re no doctor, so how do you know if the internal pain is simple gas or something more serious?

We are going to outline for you the top reasons that people go to the ER, and also a short guide on whether or not you should give us a visit.

Why Do People Typically Visit The ER?

  • Chest pain
  • Infections like a cold or the flu
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Headache
  • Fractures/sprains
  • Fainting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Cough

The above list is compiled of all the most common reasons that people go in to the ER. While some of these issues are a clear and fast reason that you should always go in to the ER such as chest pain with shortness of breath, some of the reasons are a little more of a toss-up. For example, if you have a cough, that in itself is typically not reason enough to visit the emergency room. However, if your cough is very severe and it causes difficulty breathing, or is associated with other problems, it may reach the point of requiring a visit to the ER.

How to Know if You Need to Visit the ER

Generally speaking, any severe pain, difficulty breathing, altered mental status such as not being able to speak or understand, vision changes, broken bones, or even severe cold or flu symptoms can be reason to visit the ER.

If you are not sure whether or not you need to see us, feel free to give us a call!