Emergencies can happen in an instant. Understanding the signs and symptoms can save a life, maybe even your own.
Report to the nearest emergency room (ER) if one or more of the following symptoms are present:
- Trouble breathing.
- Passing out or fainting.
- Pain or pressure in your chest or above your stomach.
- Confusion or not being able to stay awake.
- High fever that doesn’t get better with medicine.
- Sudden, sharp pain or bleeding that won’t stop.
- Painful vomiting or the inability to stop vomiting.
- Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling, and/or hives.
- Coughing or throwing up blood.
- Possible broken bone, especially if the bone is protruding through the skin.
- Deep wounds or serious burns.
- Poisoning or overdose of drugs or alcohol.
- Feelings that you want to harm yourself or others.
Call 9-1-1 if one or more of the following symptoms are present:
- Breathing has stopped.
- Severe asthmatic attack.
- Head injury with passing out, fainting, or confusion.
- Injury to the neck or spine, especially if there is a loss of feeling or inability to move.
- Electric shock or lightning strike.
- Seizure that has lasted 3 to 5 minutes.
Virtual Emergency Stroke Care
Patients visiting Marlette Regional Hospital for symptoms of stroke now have immediate access to advanced neurological care thanks to a new partnership with St. John Hospital & Medical Center (SJHMC) of Metro Detroit and St. Mary’s of Michigan.
In Marlette, when a patient is visiting the emergency room (ER) for stroke-like symptoms, staff at Marlette Regional Hospital will move an audio and visual enabled robot near the patient, so that the stroke neurologist on call at SJHMC will be able to see and communicate with the patient via a live video feed (similar to Skype or Facetime). This same neurologist will also be able to view the patient’s laboratory results and diagnostic imaging films (cat scans) to assist in diagnosis. Family members and staff will also be able to talk to the SJHMC specialist, which can ease the transition if transfer to a higher level of care is necessary for further advanced treatments.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or there is bleeding in the brain. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. If you’re having a stroke, it’s critical that you get medical attention right away. Prompt treatment of a stroke could mean the difference between life and death—or between recovery and disability.
Through this partnership, we’re bringing the latest advances in stroke treatment closer to home.
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel are available to provide care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to 9-1-1 calls, along with providing transfer services for both emergent and non-emergent health care needs. We service Sanilac County, along with portions of Huron, Lapeer, and Tuscola Counties.