Emergency Services

Emergency Services at University Hospitals

University Hospitals provide 24-hour emergency care to adult and pediatric patients in state-of-the-art emergency room facilities. Our dedicated emergency units offer immediate access to expert specialists and advanced technology in an environment specifically designed to maximize patient comfort, privacy and safety.

ER, Orthopedic Injury Clinic or Urgent Care? Where to go for care.

Find an Emergency Room

Find a 24-hour emergency room for adult and pediatric patients.

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Common Symptoms Treated

Find an Orthopedic Injury Clinic

For sudden injuries from an accident, sports, or other physical activity, find an ortho injury clinic near you.

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Common Symptoms Treated

Find an Urgent Care

Walk-in care for minor injuries or illnesses that need to be treated the same-day.

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Common Symptoms Treated

Contact Poison Control

If you or your child has a poison emergency or you have a question about poisons and you are in the United States, call 1-800-222-1222.

Covid-19 Testing Locations

UH offers COVID-19 evaluation and testing at convenient locations across Northeast Ohio. Learn more about when a COVID-19 test is appropriate and the different options available to you.

UH ER Achievements

All of our ERs have achieved accreditation as Chest Pain Centers for reducing time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack

Most of our ERs have earned Primary Stroke Center certification stroke care

Five of our ERs have received the American Heart Association 2019 Stroke GOLD PLUS award for stroke care

A Level I trauma center and three Level III trauma centers to treat traumatic injuries immediately

Trauma Services

When an emergency situations occur our trauma surgeons and other specialists are available to provide immediate care for all types of trauma, including severe traumatic injuries, brain and head trauma, orthopedic trauma and pediatric trauma.

Critical Care

Our ER team works closely to the critical care physicians and nurses in our intensive care units to provide seamless care for trauma patients in need of further care.

Acute Care Surgery

Our general surgeons are available 24/7 for emergency surgery situations.

Sexual Assault Survivors Program

Our sexual assault survivors program provides comprehensive care for sexual assault survivors with a focus on healing and recovery.

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Trauma and Emergencies We Treat

Trauma

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Trauma

  • Concussion
  • Fainting
  • Head trauma or eye injury
  • Seizures
  • Overdoses
  • Bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • Brain injuries
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Assault
  • Migraine/severe headache

Heart Attack Symptoms

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Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest pain
  • Wheezing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Tingling or discomfort
  • Heartburn feeling
  • Cold sweat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Very high or low vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate or temperature

Signs of a Stroke

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Signs of a Stroke

  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Confusion
  • One side of the face is drooping
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty seeing or blurred vision in one or both eyes
  • Loss of balance/coordination

Behavioral Health

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Behavioral Health

  • Change in mental state
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Depression
  • Paranoia
  • Substance abuse

Physical Injuries

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Physical Injuries

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Joint pain, dislocation or injury
  • Blistering, large burns or extensive rash
  • Tendon and ligament injuries

Hazardous Materials

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Hazardous Materials

  • Poisoning

5 Steps of Emergency Care

  • Triage – process of determining the severity of condition
  • Registration – gather patient information and obtain consent for treatment
  • Treatment – every patient receives treatment from a doctor or mid-level practitioner
  • Reevaluation – evaluate test results to determine type of treatment
  • Discharge – receive instructions to follow after leaving the emergency room

Healthy@UH Emergency Services Blog

Read the latest in emergency advice to help you navigate urgent situations.

Emergency Care for Kids

When your child needs emergency care, UH Rainbow Emergency Rooms offer convenient, kid-friendly medical care from board-certified physicians.

Insurance & Payment

We accept all major medical insurance providers, including Medical Mutual of Ohio (MMO) SuperMed. Co-pays, deductibles and items not covered by insurance are paid at the time of your visit.