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In an emergency, when seconds count, don’t get stuck sitting in a waiting room. At the Emergency Center®, you will receive care from
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Ft. Worth

1101 University Dr. Ft. Worth, TX 76107 (University Dr. & Lancaster)

817.768.6455

Arlington

3321 S. Cooper St. Arlington, TX 76015 (S. Cooper & Mayfield)

817.224.2887

Should You Come See Us? Know the Signs.

We treat Illnesses and injuries that require immediate care. Get the peace of mind you need. Below are a few of the most common symptoms that require emergency care.

Abdominal
Pain
Respiratory
Problems
Chest
Pain
Head & Neck
Injury
Breaks
& Aches
Pregnancy
Conditions
Wounds
Cuts
Animal
Insect Bites

Abdominal pain is a common condition that will affect everybody at one point or another. Most cases are caused by indigestion, gas, food sensitivities, and other factors that generally aren’t a cause for concern. Some abdominal pain causes, however, can be dangerous or life-threatening. A few of the dangerous conditions include appendicitis, gall bladder infection, pancreatitis, aneurysm, diverticulitis, limited blood flow to the intestines, or a bleeding or perforated ulcer. It is important to quickly seek emergency care if:


  • Your pain is a result of trauma, such as a car accident or fall
  • Your abdomen is swollen or sore to the touch
  • You are feeling dizzy or short of breath or fainting
  • You are vomiting blood or experiencing persistent nausea
  • You are urinating blood or have black/bloody stools
  • Your pain is accompanied by a fever or chest pain
  • You’ve had so much vomiting or diarrhea and are dehydrated
  • Your pain is severe or unrelenting
  • Your pain is possibly due to a complication of pregnancy

ASTHMA

Occasionally, an asthma attack – or a severe flare-up of symptoms that does not respond to everyday treatments – may occur. If you are requiring extra doses of your inhaler, seek immediate evaluation. Waiting too long may lead to respiratory failure. In these instances, it is important to receive emergency care. Possible triggers of asthma attacks include:

  • Air irritants such as smog, smoke, strong smells, and chemical fumes
  • Allergens such as dust mites, pollen, animal dander, and mold
  • Exercise
  • Medications like acetaminophen and aspirin
  • Stressful situations
  • Ongoing medical issues such as obesity, obstructive sleep apnea, and acid reflux

BRONCHITIS

Individuals who are suffering from bronchitis may not realize they have the illness, since many of its symptoms – cough, fatigue, slight fever, and chills – are similar to that of a common cold. Generally speaking, however, you should seek emergency care from an experienced physician if your cough:

  • Persists for more than three weeks
  • Is accompanied by a fever of 100.4 Fahrenheit or higher
  • Produces blood or mucus
  • Causes wheezing or shortness of breath

PNEUMONIA

Some cases of pneumonia are mild (called walking pneumonia), others can be life threatening and warrant immediate evaluation and care from a physician. Young children, seniors, and individuals with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of experiencing potentially life-threatening cases of pneumonia. Be sure to seek emergency care if you or someone around you is displaying severe pneumonia symptoms, including:

  • Steady fever of 102 degrees or higher
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent or severe coughing

A good rule of thumb is to seek immediate medical attention if you feel any new or unexplained chest pain. To evaluate chest pain, time is crucial. While not all chest pain is indicative of an emergency condition, there is often no way to know without visiting a physician. It is particularly important to seek emergency care if you are experiencing common indications of a heart-related condition, including:

  • Searing or “heavy” pain that travels to your back, jaw, neck, shoulders, or arms (especially on your left side)
  • Tightness, pressure, or a sensation of fullness in your chest
  • Chest discomfort that persists for more than a few minutes and worsens with physical activity
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness, weakness, nausea, or cold sweats
  • Chest pain that is accompanied by a tearing sensation in your back

While some head and neck injuries can be mild, it is important to have significant injuries evaluated. It is important for an individual who may have sustained a concussion to seek emergency care. If you or a loved one – especially a child – recently sustained a head or neck injury, seek emergency care if one or more of the following symptoms are present:

  • Headache
  • Confusion or amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Temporary loss of consciousness
  • Seeing “stars”
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Slurred speech
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to light and noise
  • Seizures

BREAKS

Since it’s hard to tell the difference between breaks and sprains, treat the injury like a break until you can get an x-ray. You should splint and support it so it doesn’t move. The symptoms of breaks and sprains are so similar that it is hard to tell the difference between the two injuries (unless the victim has an open fracture). Some common signs of breaks and sprains include:

  • Tenderness
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Pain with movement
  • Deformity—the limb is in an unnatural position (applies to a break)
  • Unable to use the limb (applies to a break)
  • Grinding, cracking, or snapping noises (applies to a break)
  • Movement in limb where there is no joint (applies to a break)

Outside of well-established labor, it is important to know the times when a pregnant woman must seek emergency care rather than calling her obstetrician. Medical emergencies do occur in pregnancy, and when they do, time is of the essence. Pregnant women should be aware of symptoms that necessitate an immediate trip to the hospital.

  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Premature water break
  • Contractions early in the 3rd trimester
  • Persistent severe headache or visual disturbances in 3rd trimester
  • Flu symptoms

Many cuts are minor, but it is still important to properly care for them. Sometimes it’s hard to determine whether wounds can be treated at home and which require a trip to the ER. Wounds that need emergency medical care are:

  • Those that will not stop bleeding after a few minutes of applying direct pressure.
  • Deep, gaping, jagged or potentially disfiguring cuts, to avoid the formation of scar tissue.
  • Long or deep cuts that need stitches.
  • Cuts over a joint.
  • Cuts that may impair function of a body area such as an eyelid or lip.
  • Cuts that remove all of the layers of the skin like those from slicing off the tip of a finger.
  • Cuts from an animal or human bite.
  • Cuts that have damaged underlying nerves, tendons, or joints.
  • Cuts over a possible broken bone.
  • Cuts caused by a crushing injury.
  • Cuts with an object embedded in them.
  • Cuts caused by a metal object or a puncture wound.

ANIMAL BITES

Most animal bites that are more than just a scratch require emergency care because of their high risk of infection. If the animal was a wild animal or stray, regardless of the severity of the injury there are additional risks that require immediate evaluation. If the animal’s owner is available, be sure to ask if the animal’s rabies shots are up-to-date. The below bite symptoms require immediate care:

  • The person has been seriously wounded.
  • Bleeding can’t be stopped after 10 minutes of firm and steady pressure.
  • Bleeding is severe.
  • Blood spurts from the wound.
  • There is a concern for rabies.
  • You develop redness, inflammation, and fever after the injury.

INSECT BITES

Many reactions to insect bites and stings are mild, causing little more than redness, itching, stinging or minor swelling. Occasionally, insect bites and stings, such as from a bee, a wasp, a hornet, a fire ant or a scorpion, can result in severe reactions. If you notice any of the below symptoms, get emergency care immediately:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the lips, eyelids or throat
  • Dizziness, faintness or confusion
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Hives
  • Rash with itching
  • Nausea, cramps or vomiting
  • Children who have been stung by a scorpion

What People Are Saying


I had to come here on Christmas morning. It was great! Quick in and out with very helpful staff and doctors. I highly recommend this place if you need an emergency room but don’t want the long wait!
-Linsey C.

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The facility is brand new, with tons of clean, comfy rooms. They have a state of the art CT machine, on on site Rx and testing to speed you along your way to recovery. Free parking steps from the facility, and they get you in and out quickly. The nurses and doctors are professional and friendly.
-Brian J.

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Super clean facility, friendly staff, exceptional service and awesome perks! They will even video call you during recovery to check up on you! Amazing.
-Greg K.

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Me and my husband came here this am for the first time! I googled good emergency care and this place came up! I firmly believe everything happens for a reason and the staff here is phenomenal! Everyone has been amazing! Professional, courteous and going above and beyond trying to get him better! I recommend this place to everyone! They are open 24 hours and we didn’t even wait to be seen!
-Rachel S.

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In and out in less than 30 minutes for the flu. They were awesome. Got me right in, gave me my first dose of Tamiflu so I didn’t have to wait until morning to start, and had me out and on my way home to bed quick!
-Rayna G.

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All of the doctors and staff are excellent! Very professional and everyone goes above and beyond to help. The facility is amazing with top quality equipment and medicine. Definitely recommend!
-Grace B.

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