What is it used for? - Emergency Care

Waiting in emergency care (including ambulance, medical on-call service and the emergency departments as well) is significantly influenced by their use with non-emergency cases. If one uses emergency care instead of general practitioners or organised specialty clinics with non-acute symptoms (disease of multiple days or weeks without deterioration), it significantly increases waiting time. It may also occur that waiting time in an emergency department is longer than at the general practitioner or specialty clinics.

In case of health problems lasting for weeks and where the condition is not deteriorating, it is better to wait for tomorrow and visit your general practitioner or an outpatient clinic. It is better also for the forgetful and they help other patients as well if they do not use the emergency service to urgently replace their medications for their chronic diseases, but they ask for the prescription from their general practitioner.

However, going to the closest emergency care facility in case of the following symptoms might save lives:

  • dyspnea, chest pain
  • bleeding, sudden inability to move or to speak, loss of sensation of limbs
  • collapse, intoxication, allergic reaction
  • hemoptysis, hematemesis, sustained vomiting or diarrhea
  • changes in the mental state, disturbed or unusual behavior, suicidal thoughts
  • suddenly appearing headache of a strength never experienced before, visual disturbance
  • scar requiring care, burns
  • broken bone, head injury, sudden arthralgia
  • persistent dizziness, weakness
  • permanent, incurable pain
  • fast, irregular feeling of heartbeat
  • heart rate below 40/minute with weakness, dizziness, change in the level of consciousness, feeling of collapse and loss of consciousness.

Places of emergency care

  • on-the-spot care (first aid, termination of acute life hazards, start of resuscitation, calling of ambulance), care provided by the ambulance service (stabilization of condition, forwarding)
  • care by general practitioner
  • primary care (general practitioner) service out of hours
    • provided by the Emergency Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm on weekdays,
    • and between 4:00 pm and 8:00 am on weekdays, on weekends and on holidays by Országos Orvosi Ügyelet Nonprofit Kft. in the building of the Emergency Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen
  • care provided at an institution
    • The Emergency Clinic of the Clinical Center of the University of Debrecen performs non-accident related emergency care for the adult population of Debrecen (emergency department)
    • The Emergency Department of the Kenézy Gyula University Hospital provides the accident-related emergency care for the adult population of Debrecen and the accident and non-accident related emergency care for the patients in the catchment area of Debrecen.

In the case of conditions requiring emergency care the symptoms:

  • start suddenly (trauma, poisoning, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiovascular disorders, cerebral circulation disorders, thermal traumas, electric shock, accidents in water, acute chest disasters),
  • have a rapid course (minutes, hours)
  • the deterioration of the condition is clearly visible and rapid
  • significance of time, the “golden hours” of the patient - visible and perceivable deterioration of the condition within a short time

Updated: 2019.12.09.