After Hours / Emergencies
EMERGENCY CARE NEEDS
An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property or environment. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation.
Examples include: someone not breathing or bleeding uncontrollably. Fire. Bombs. This includes any person with immediate thoughts of harming himself or herself or someone else.
Healthcare for students when the student health center is not open
Students may use the Bluffton Hospital Emergency Room for necessary health services. Normally, students will not be charged an emergency room fee if the care does not exceed what would be done at the Student Health Center. Students are financially responsible for any bill outside the Student Health Center.
Students MAY be charged a fee if emergency room services are used. Emergency room physicians are responsible to be reasonably certain that students are not encountering a serious illness. If an x-ray, special testing, labs, x-rays or even an IV is provided, then the visit likely becomes an Emergency Room visit and fee and is no longer considered a 'primary care' visit.
Consider if you would likely go to the ER if you were at home or would you make a doctor's appointment instead.