Critical Care at Arnot Health

Arnot Health offers high-quality emergency care services at each of its three affiliated hospitals. Our various specialty units and services across the system can assist in a variety of emergency health situations. 

When Should You Go to an Emergency Department? 

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) offers a list of warning signs that indicate a medical emergency:

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision, confusion or changes in mental status
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Unusual abdominal pain
  • Sudden or severe pain

Heart Attack Care

Emergency intervention for heart attacks is coordinated with a Cardiac Team of cardiologists, radiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons.  Depending on the type and severity of the heart attack, the cardiac team takes patients from the Emergency Department directly to the Arnot Health Heart and Vascular Institute.

Stroke Care

The New York State Department of Health has designated Arnot Ogden Medical Center as a Stroke Center.  We have protocols, a program of care and a team in place to care for patients presenting symptoms of stroke with a rapid, definitive treatment plan.  The multidisciplinary Stroke Team includes emergency physicians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, nurses, vascular surgeons, and rehabilitation specialists.

Five warning signs of stroke include:

  1. Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
  2. Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding 
  3. Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes 
  4. Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination 
  5. Sudden, severe headache with no known cause