If you need immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1.
A health emergency can happen at any time, and the experienced physicians and staff at Gibson General Hospital's Emergency Care Unit are ready to help.
If you experience any of these conditions, go to the nearest 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 with dry mouth or little urination
- Fever and trouble waking them up
- Infants younger than 3 months old with temperatures over 100.4 degrees
- Suspected abuse
(There are rules about who can authorize treatment for a child. Read details below.)
Not sure if it is an emergency?
There may be times when you need care but 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 provide self-care advice. Some illnesses or health issues that may be more appropriate for a scheduled doctor's appointment include the following:
- Earache without a fever
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Sunburn or minor burn
- Muscle sprains
- Minor cut
- Sore throat
Gibson General Hospital: Emergency Room
Medical Consent Form for Children
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 life-threatening.
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.
Printable Consent Form