Emergency room (ER) in Waycross, Georgia
When you or a loved one needs immediate medical attention, count on the experienced emergency room medical teams at Memorial Satilla Health. Our ER physicians, nurses and support teams are trained in emergency medicine and are ready to treat you with the care, respect and urgency in Waycross, Georgia.
If someone is experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If you are unsure if symptoms require an ER visit, please call our free, 24/7 medical advice line at (912) 584-6201 to speak to a registered nurse.
The Memorial Satilla Health ER treats about 45,000 patients annually for problems ranging from life-threatening heart attacks to broken bones. Experienced emergency physicians, a fully trained support staff, an advanced medical lab and imaging technology are all standing by when you and your family need urgent medical care in Waycross, Georgia.
Should I call 911?
How do you know when you should call 911? If someone is experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should head to the nearest ER or call 911.
- Heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain; pain in the left shoulder, arm, neck, jaw or back with sweating; shortness of breath, sometimes accompanied by nausea
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding
- Fever that will not go down
- Head injury causing loss of consciousness, seizure or vomiting
- Sudden numbness or weakness of arms, legs or side of the face
- Severe headache
- Sudden speech difficulties or trouble seeing
- Unexpected dizziness or excruciating headache
- Broken bone or serious burn
- Flu-like symptoms that will not go away
- Severe diarrhea
- Food or insect bite allergy
Should I go to the ER?
How do you know when you should take yourself, someone else or a sick child to the emergency room? If your symptoms don’t fit the list above, or if you’re unsure whether to head to the ER, Consult-A-Nurse can help you make the decision.
Consult-A-Nurse is our free, 24-hour information line staffed by registered nurses available for you to ask questions and receive medical advice. Call Consult-A-Nurse® at (912) 584-6201.
ER diagnostic tests
Physicians order a wide range of tests to help diagnose a medical problem and guide their treatment decisions. Some of the most commonly ordered tests in the ER include:
- Complete blood count (CBC): The most common hematology test is the complete blood count, or CBC. It examines the red and white blood cells to check for anemia and/or infection. If you are taking blood thinners, your doctor may order a prothrombin time test, also called a pro-time test or PT, to make sure you are taking the proper dose.
- Chemistry profile: This comprehensive test produces results detailing everything from sugar levels and electrolytes, to enzymes pertaining to each of the major organ systems. Heart attack, diabetes, dehydration and kidney problems are among the medical situations which can be spotted through these results.
- Urine analysis: A urine sample is tested for kidney infections and/or kidney stones.
- Arterial blood gas (ABG): This blood test takes blood from an artery (usually one in the wrist) to measure oxygen levels, carbon dioxide levels and acid or pH content. The test presents physicians with information useful in diagnosing heart problems, drug reactions or overdoses and diabetic problems.
- Electrocardiography (EKG): This is a painless routine procedure that measures electrical activity of the heart. A physician usually orders this test when a heart attack or other heart problem is suspected or needs to be ruled out.
- Imaging tests: Images from X-rays, ultrasounds or computed tomography (CT) scans give physicians a "picture" of the state of the inside of the body. Using these images, physicians can distinguish broken bones from sprains, identify brain injuries or view an unborn baby. Diagnostic imaging may require a longer wait time if multiple views or complex scans are ordered.
- Other tests: Blood tests to screen specifically for blood alcohol levels or pregnancy status can also be performed in the emergency room.