Who qualifies as an emergency patient?
Here you will find a list of emergency health issues based on how urgent care they require. Guides on how to seek care are given with each classification.
In a life-threatening emergency situation fast actions are required. If you believe that someone nearby might be suffering from a stroke, disturbance of cerebral blood circulation, intense shortness of breath or chest pain, call the emergency number 112 immediately.
Life-threatening health issues:
- The person cannot breathe or cannot be awakened
- Acute paralysis symptoms
- Intense shortness of breath/breathing difficulties, inability to talk or speech includes single words
- Intense chest pain, including cold sweat and muscle weakness
- Convulsions/spasms that remain constant
- Profuse bleeding caused by major injuries
- Head injuries followed by impaired consciousness or unconsciousness.
- Traffic accidents in high speed (car crash at over 60 km/h, or if a car hits a pedestrian, a cyclist or a mopedist)
- Falling from great heights (over two times your own length)
In an urgent situation there is no immediate danger of death, but the situation requires urgent care nevertheless. Acute illnesses are treated in the emergency rooms of our hospitals, see contact information.
Health issues requiring urgent care:
- Chest pain or continuous cardiac arrhythmia
- Sudden decline in the general status of an adolescent or of a working-age person.
- Accidental injuries, profusely bleeding wounds and malpositioned fractures.
- Facial injuries that cause loss in vision.
- Impaired consciousness.
- Acute incoherence, speech impairment
- Acute intense headache, visual disturbance
- Acute shortness of breath, ability to speak sentences
- Acute intense or worsening stomach pain
- Acute and intense back pain
A situation requiring a visit to the emergency clinic
In a situation requiring a visit to the emergency clinic the patient doesn't have any serious health issues and can wait for admission for some hours.
If you require emergency care 8 am to 4 pm on workdays, contact your own health centre. Outside these hours you can visit the emergency clinics of our hospitals. Call the emergency clinic before departing. See contact information.
Health issues requiring a visit to the emergency clinic:
- Feverish upper respiratory tract infections, such as suspected throat infection
- Continued fever of over 38 oC for four days, even without any other symptoms
- Stomach disease, adults only if hydration is insufficient or the patient has another primary disease
- Intense earache
- Continuous nosebleed
- Minor cut, contusion or muscle strain
- Suspected fracture in upper or lower limbs
- Eye symptoms, eye infections
- Urinary retention, urinary tract infection
- Profuse gynaecological bleeding
- Intense stomach pain
- Dizziness, decline in the general status of an elderly
- Hypersensitivity reaction presenting itself as rash
- Local skin infection
- Mental disorder, delusions, severe anxiety