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Emergency care

Emergency care is the treatment of emergent medical conditions. It is generally performed in an emergency room, but can also refer to treatment in an ambulance. Emergency medicine physicians may treat patients with injuries or infections, in addition to life-threatening conditions.

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Emergency room (ER) in Oviedo

The ER at Oviedo Medical Center provides complete emergency services.

Our emergency department provides comprehensive care when you need it most. Our patients are treated as quickly as possible by skilled healthcare providers who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care. Our emergency department is open 24/7 and staffed by board-certified doctors and nurses trained in both advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).

Our emergency room

We offer a wide variety of emergency services, ranging from stroke and heart attack care to pediatric life support.

Emergency room features

Patients coming to our emergency room have access to:

Emergency heart attack treatment

Our hospital is designated as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the American College of Cardiology. This means our cardiac services are recognized for the quality of care we provide to patients coming to the emergency room with chest pain symptoms.

We use advanced heart imaging and screening technology to assess patients and begin lifesaving treatment as soon as possible for emergency conditions, such as a heart attack.

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency. If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing a heart attack, don't wait — call 911 immediately.

Emergency stroke treatment

A stroke is an emergency medical condition that occurs when blood flow to the brain has been interrupted.

The most common type of stroke, an ischemic stroke, occurs when a blood clot forms in an artery supplying blood to the brain. The clot prevents proper blood flow and oxygen from reaching the brain. This results in brain cells beginning to die.

The longer a stroke continues without medical intervention, the more time brain cells have to die. This is why it is essential to seek emergency care as soon as possible when stroke symptoms have been identified.

Stroke symptoms

Knowing the signs and symptoms associated with strokes could help save a life. Common indications of a stroke include:

  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs — especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

Freestanding emergency room in Orange County

We proudly offer a second convenient location for patients to receive emergency medical services: HCA Florida Baldwin Park Emergency.

At this freestanding emergency room in Orange County, our physicians and nurses offer the same comprehensive care you expect at our hospital's main emergency room.

Urgent care

If you are experiencing a minor injury or illness that does not require a trip to our ER, our urgent care clinics are nearby. They provide fast, comprehensive treatment in Orlando and are open seven days a week.

Our emergency room wait times

When it comes to emergency care, our goal is to continually work toward enhancing the care you receive, while reducing our wait times. This ensures you get the care you need, when you need it most.

Our wait times are updated every 30 minutes and are available on our website and digital screens on roadside billboards throughout the region.

To find out the wait times of the HCA Florida emergency room nearest to you, check the top of our website or text "ER" to 32222.

Note: Message and data rates may apply. Emergency room wait times are approximate and provided for informational purposes only.

When to go to the emergency room

We understand it can be hard to know what type of medical care you need, like whether you should go to the emergency room or wait for your doctor's office to open.

Conditions that may require emergency care

We want you to feel secure about your choice for care, which is why we've created a list of symptoms that may indicate you need to visit the emergency room:

  • Back pain, when it is unbearable or accompanied by fever, numbness, weakness, confusion, slurred speech, vision loss or loss of control over bladder or bowels
  • Broken bones, when the pain is severe or there is a visible deformity
  • Chest pain, when it is crushing or squeezing and accompanied by other heart attack symptoms, such as shortness of breath or nausea
  • Concussion, when you have lost consciousness, even briefly, or experience amnesia, vomiting, slurred speech or a seizure
  • Flu, when symptoms become severe, such as having trouble breathing, vomiting uncontrollably or becoming dehydrated
  • Side pain, when it is severe and occurs in the lower right stomach, side or back or is accompanied by fever, nausea, diarrhea or blood in the urine
  • Stomach pain, when accompanied by a hard or tender stomach, nausea, shortness of breath, fever or irregular heartbeat
  • Trouble breathing, when breathing stops, is noisy or high-pitched and comes with pain in the chest or severe shortness of breath

If you are unsure if your symptoms require an emergency room visit, you can speak to a nurse 24/7 by calling our Consult-A-Nurse® line.

What to expect at the emergency room

When you get to the emergency room, one of our triage nurses will assess your symptoms and vital signs. Next, a registration clerk will collect your insurance card (if available) and other information.

We medically screen, evaluate and stabilize all patients — whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay.

Anyone who has severe, life-threatening illnesses or injuries will be treated first. Everyone else will be treated in the order they arrive.

Before discharge, we encourage you to ask our emergency care teams any questions you have. It is also useful for you to keep all of your paperwork, discharge information and medicines or prescriptions together after you leave the emergency room.

What to bring to the emergency room

When coming to the emergency room, we recommend you bring:

  • A list of medicines you currently take
  • A list of known allergies
  • Copies of results from recent medical tests, if available
  • Personal care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact