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Emergency Department

24/7 On-Call Specialties

  • General Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Cardiology
  • ENT
  • OB/GYN
  • Orthopedics
  • Anesthesia

The national recognition we’ve earned celebrates our staff’s commitment to providing the highest quality of care including:

  • Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI from the American College of Cardiology
  • Advanced Level III Trauma Facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services
  • Advanced Primary Stroke Care certification from The Joint Commission

Some common emergency conditions are:

  • Traumatic accidents
  • Broken bones
  • Ingestion or exposure to harmful chemicals
  • Severe burn injuries
  • Chest pain
  • Stroke/heart attack symptoms
  • Large or deep lacerations
  • Respiratory distress
  • Allergic reactions
  • Abdominal pain
  • High fever

Survive. Don’t Drive!

If you or a loved one experiences any of the signs of a heart attack or stroke listed below, immediately dial 9-1-1. Do not attempt to drive to the hospital.

  • Driving risks delays in diagnosis and life-saving treatments to restore blood
    flow that paramedics can provide on the way to the hospital.
  • Local paramedics work with our emergency room teams and are able to provide us with critical information prior to the arrival of a patient experiencing heart attack or stroke. This allows us to prepare for the arrival of the patient and expedite treatment once at the hospital.

Every minute that a person delays in getting medical treatment increases the likelihood of damage or even death to heart muscle.

Heart Attack Symptoms

A heart attack occurs when a vessel supplying the heart muscle with oxygen and nutrients becomes completely blocked. Men often, but not always, experience the classic warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest that goes away and
    comes back
  • Pain that spreads to the shoulders, neck or arms
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness ofbreath

Trigger: Men most often report physical exertion prior to heart attacks.

Women may experience the classic symptoms, but they are often milder. They also have other symptoms like:

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea, vomiting or dizziness
  • Back or jaw pain
  • Unexplained anxiety, weakness or fatigue
  • Palpitations, cold sweats or paleness
  • Mild, flu-like symptoms

Trigger: Women most often report emotional stress prior to heart attacks.

Stroke Symptoms

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. Symptoms include:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of thebody
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

What to Bring to the ER

In order to ease your visit to the ER, make sure to bring the following items for yourself or your loved ones:

  • Forms of identification
  • Insurance card or information
  • Name and contact information of your primary care physician
  • List of current prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, as well as vitamins or supplements
  • List of allergies, health conditions, previous surgeries and family health history

Patient Priority

In the emergency room at Paris Regional Medical Center, patients are treated based on the severity of their condition. Those who may arrive first may not necessarily be treated first. In the event of a life-threatening condition, call 9-1-1 immediately. Paramedics and emergency medical technicians will provide care in the field and bring you or your loved one safely and quickly to the Emergency Room by ambulance. Calling helps our ER team prepare for your arrival and start life-saving treatment more quickly.

Patient Rights

Under federal law, every patient has the right to be evaluated and stabilized in the ER regardless of condition or proof of insurance. You have the right to understand any procedures and know the risks. You may be required to sign forms indicating your consent for treatment.