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Emergency Room Staff

Emergency Room Staffed by Board Certified Physicians 24/7

Franklin Hospital's Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by a physician. The Emergency Department is connected with other tertiary facilities, including SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center for pediatric transfers. Franklin Hospital is a stroke ready hospital. We also provide patient transfer service through our affiliation with Air Evac Lifeteam and ARCH Air Medical Services Inc. and ambulance service through Abbott EMS and the West Frankfort Fire Department.

When should you go to the Emergency Room?

If you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.
    Women are less likely to have the stereotypical chest, left arm, or jaw pain, so you should look for other symptoms women get, like shortness of     breath; sudden dizziness, weakness, or nausea; or unexplained sweating and fatigue. STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) patients are     transferred to Good Samaritan in Mt. Vernon, Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, or Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion.

If you have signs of stroke.
    Signs include sudden numbness or weakness in a limb or one side of your face; sudden speech difficulties (such as talking gibberish or jumbling     words); trouble seeing out of one or both eyes; unexpected dizziness or loss of balance; or an excruciating, inexplicable headache. Stroke patients     are transferred to St. Louis, Mt. Vernon, Carbondale or Evansville, Ind.

If you have a blow to the head
    That results in loss of consciousness, a seizure, or vomiting (especially if you vomit more than once), even if it happens a few hours
    after you hit your head. Trauma patients are transferred to Carbondale, Evansville, Ind., or St. Louis.

If you have any loss of consciousness or fainting
    Even if you think it's just because you haven't eaten all day. It might be nothing, but it could also signal a heart or circulation
    problem or even a stroke. There's no way to determine the cause on your own.

If you have a possible broken bone
    Red flags include a joint or limb that looks drastically misshapen or out of place, swelling and bruising, and not being able to bear
    weight on an injured foot or leg. (If you suspect it might just be a sprain or dislocation, call your doc.)

If you have bleeding
    That doesn't stop when you apply pressure for 10 to 20 minutes; any wound that impairs your ability to function (like a leg injury
    that bleeds like crazy when you bend your knee); or a gaping wound that fully penetrates the skin (so you can see muscle, for

If you have sudden disorientation or confusion
    Like not knowing where you are. This could be a sign of stroke, seizure, dehydration, or other major problems.

If you have a serious burn
    That covers an area larger than 2 or 3 inches or goes all the way around an area like the wrist; breaks the outer layer or skin; or
    causes numbness.

If you have repeated episodes of vomiting
    That makes it impossible to keep fluids down, or non stop diarrhea that keeps you in the bathroom, either of which can quickly lead
    to hydration.

If you have severe pain
    Halfway down your back on either side of your spine, which could signal a kidney stone or infection. Any severe abdominal pain
    also warrants immediate attention. Ectopic pregnancy, appendicitis, and gallstones are a few of the possible causes.

If you have a bite or puncture wound
    You may need antibiotics or a tetanus shot. Head to the ER if it's a jagged wound.

If you have an unexplained fever
    If your fever is 105 degrees or higher, head straight to the ER.

For more information, call Emergency Department Director Tina Bymaster, RN at 618-439-3161, ext. 9640 or by email tina.bymaster@franklinhospital.net.