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    Emergency Department: Physician Staffed 24/7


    Franklin Hospital is a stroke-ready hospital and is ready to treat your acute and emergent needs. Our Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is always staffed by a physician. The Emergency Department is connected with other tertiary facilities as well. We 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 Department?

    Heart attack symptoms:
        Women are less likely to have the stereotypical chest, left arm, or jaw pain. Be sure     you look for other symptoms, like shortness of breath; sudden dizziness, weakness,     or nausea; or unexplained sweating and fatigue.

    Stroke symptoms:
        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.

    Head Injury/Trauma
        A head injury 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 the injury. Trauma     patients are stabilized and transferred to nearby trauma centers.

    Loss of consciousness/fainting
        These symptoms could signal a heart or circulation problem, or even a stroke. There's no way to determine the cause on your own.

    Possible broken bone
        Broken bone indicators include a joint or limb that looks drastically misshapen or out of place, swelling and bruising, and not being able to bear     weight. (If you suspect it might just be a sprain or dislocation, call your doctor.)

    Bleeding
        Bleeding that doesn't stop when you apply pressure for 10 to 20 minutes. Any wound that impairs your ability to function, or a gaping wound that     fully penetrates the skin.

    Sudden disorientation or confusion
        Examples include not knowing where you are, speech difficulty, or sudden memory loss. This could be a sign of stroke, seizure, dehydration, or     other major problems.

    Serious burn
        Any 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.

    Vomiting/Diarrhea
        Vomiting that makes it impossible to keep fluids down, or diarrhea that keeps you in the bathroom, either of which can quickly lead to rapid     dehydration.

    Severe pain
        Severe pain that begins 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.

    Bite or puncture wound
        You may simply need antibiotics or a tetanus shot. If the wound is jagged, please report to the Emergency Department.

    Unexplained fever
        A fever in excess of 105 degrees warrants an immediate visit to the Emergency Department.

    For more information, call Emergency Department Director Tina Bymaster, RN at (618) 435-9640 or by email tina.bymaster@franklinhospital.net.