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Average ER Wait Times

Blake Medical Center

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Brandon Regional Hospital

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BRH - Pediatric ER

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Citrus Memorial Hospital

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Citrus Park ER

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Clearwater ER Campus

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Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

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Englewood Community Hospital

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ER 24/7 in Palm Harbor

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Fawcett Memorial Hospital

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Indian Rocks Rd. Campus

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Largo Medical Center

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Medical Center of Trinity

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Memorial Hospital of Tampa

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Northside Hospital

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Oak Hill Hospital

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Oak Hill | Pediatric Emergency Care Center

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Palms of Pasadena

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Plant City ER

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RMC Bayonet Point

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South Bay Hospital

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St. Petersburg General Hospital

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Tampa Community Hospital

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When to Visit the ER for Bites

When dealing with an animal or insect bite, it can be hard to know whether or not to go to the ER. Many bites are minor and can be treated at home, but depending on the animal or insect the bite came from, and where the bite occurred, emergency treatment may be necessary.

Dog, Cat, Pet and Wildlife Bites

Children are the most common group to be bitten by dogs, cats and other pets. Children are also most at risk of bites from other children. If a bite occurs, emergency care may be necessary in the following situations.

  • Cat bites: Cat bites can easily become infected, especially when they happen on the hand or near a joint. A doctor will typically prescribe antibiotics.
  • Bites in the hand, face, or joints: Dog and cat bites to the face, hands or joint tissue can cause underlying damage and infection.
  • Risk of rabies or tetanus: Wild or feral animal bites – or bites from livestock – carry the risk of rabies and tetanus. Follow-up shots may be necessary.
  • Risk of viral transmission: When human bites break the skin, viruses can be transmitted. It is always a good idea to have a human bite checked by a doctor.

Snake, Spider and Insect Bites

Some snakes, spiders and insects are poisonous.

  • Snake bite: Unless you know for sure the snake is not poisonous, seek emergency treatment and be prepared to describe the snake to the ER staff.
  • Spider bite: If you notice any of the following symptoms, seek ER care:
    • Surrounding redness and warmth
    • Drainage from the bite
    • Severe pain at the bite location or anywhere else in the body
    • Severe cramping
    • Vomiting

HCA West Florida has 20 full-service ERs, conveniently located along Florida’s West Coast. Our hospitals are leaders in improving ER processes to enhance patient care and reduce wait times.