When to Use the ER
Office Visit vs. an ER Visit
Magnolia understands that you may have health conditions that need immediate attention. Many times the condition may require a visit to an emergency room (ER). How do you determine if or when you or a loved one should go to the ER?
If you think that you or a family member is having a medical emergency, go to the ER to see a doctor right away. You may need to call 9-1-1 if the person’s condition needs immediate attention where you are. For non-emergencies, please contact your primary care provider (PCP). Or speak with an on-call staff member. You may also call NurseWise for assistance. NurseWise a medical advice line. The NurseWise number is (866) 912-6285.
Medical conditions that generally do not require an ER visit*:
- Minor cuts in which bleeding has been stopped.
- A bite from an animal that has stopped bleeding (you should still call your doctor).
- Broken bone (first contact your doctor, if possible; otherwise go to the ER).
- A rash, sunburn or minor burn.
- Sting or bite from an insect (unless you experience labored breathing, in that case go to the ER or call 9-1-1 immediately).
- Fever (if you are convulsing, then go to the ER).
- Sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs).
- Adult colds, kid colds and cough, sore throat, or flu symptoms.
Routine medical visits may include:
- Child immunizations.
- Child wellness check-ups (HealthChecks).
- Important health maintenance visits (including mammograms, pap and pelvic exam and prostate exam).
- Follow-up visits for chronic problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Prenatal (pregnancy) visits.
- Smoking cessation(quick smoking counseling or medication).
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure.
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness.
- Changes in vision.
- Confusion or changes in mental status.
- Any sudden or severe pain.
- Uncontrolled bleeding.
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
- Coughing or vomiting blood.
- Suicidal feelings.
- Difficulty speaking.
- Unusual abdominal pain.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers a list of warning signs that indicate a medical emergency.
*Medical Emergencies (ACEP):
Magnolia supports each member and family member in their decision for medical care. Always get immediate medical attention if you think you or a loved one is having a medical emergency. You may need to call 9-1-1 if the person’s condition needs immediate attention where you are.