What types of ailments are handled in an emergency room (ER)?

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One of the most fascinating aspects of emergency medicine is the huge range of maladies seen in patients who arrive on a daily basis. No other medical specialty has the variety of conditions an emergency room physician sees in a typical week.

Conditions that bring people to the emergency room can include:

  • Auto accidents
  • Sports injuries
  • A multitude of broken bones or cuts from accidents and falls
  • Burns
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Heart attacks, chest pain
  • Difficulty in breathing, including asthma attacks and pneumonia
  • Strokes that can include loss of function and numbness in arms or legs
  • Loss of sight or hearing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Confusion or altered levels of consciousness (such as fainting)
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts
  • Drug overdoses
  • Severe abdominal pain and persistent vomiting
  • Food poisoning
  • Blood in vomit, urine, in bowel movements or when coughing
  • Severe allergic reactions that can be caused by insect bites, foods or medications
  • Complications from diseases and high fevers

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