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Emergency Care Services

When Seconds Count, Fast Care is Better Emergency Care

A health emergency can happen at any time, and the experienced physicians and staff at Gibson General Hospital's Emergency Care Unit are ready 24/7 to handle any medical need that you may have.

The ER team knows how important fast, quality care is to you. That's why Gibson General Hospital is proud to boast a door-to-doctor time well below the national average of 47 minutes, which means patients get the care they need much faster than at many hospitals.

And you can count on the ER team to provide "big city" care with "small town" attention. Care that is centered around you.

When to Visit

There may be times when you are not sure if you need emergency care. When in doubt, call your doctor or insurance's information line. They will help you decide if you need emergency care. Your doctor may tell you to make an appointment or he or she may be able to provide some self-care advice. Some illnesses or health issues that may be more appropriate for a scheduled doctor's appointment include the following:

An earache without a fever
Cold and flu symptoms
A sunburn or minor burn
A rash
Muscle sprains
A minor cut
A sore throat
A toothache

Emergency conditions often include the following, and you should visit the closes emergency room:

Chest pain or tightness in the chest
Severe abdominal pain
Vehicle accidents with injury
Choking or shortness of breath
Bleeding that does not stop after applying pressure
Sudden problems with movement or speech
Overdoses or swallowing poison
Broken bones or open wounds
Sudden severe headaches, vision problems, weakness or dizziness
Physical assault

The following conditions in children also require emergency care:

Diarrhea or vomiting and dry mouth or little urination
Fever who are difficult wake
Infants younger than 3 months old with temperatures over 100.4 degrees
Suspected abuse

Medical Consent Form

Under Indiana law, another adult, including a grandparent or an older sibling,
    cannot authorize medical treatment until all efforts have been made to reach
    the child's parent or legal guardian. This could delay treatment. The only
    exception is if a doctor determines a child's injuries or symptoms to be

Only you, as a parent, can authorize medical treatment for your child if he or
    she is under the age of 18. That is why it is very important to complete a
    copy of the consent form and make it available each time you leave your
    child in the care of someone else. Your daycare provider should also keep a
    copy of this form.

You can print a usable copy of the consent for treatment by clicking here:
    Parental Consent Form
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