As an example, anyone who is experiencing any of the following, should go (or be brought) to the closest hospital in Italy, immediately:
– difficulty (or lack) of breathing
– chest pain
– severe headache or head injury
– loss of consciousness (a person who is not responding)
– open wounds with evident bleeding that cannot be stopped
– sudden difficulty in speaking, numbness or weakness in arms or legs on the same side
– burns, suffocation, drowning or poisoning
To walk-in to the closest ER for less severe issues may seem like a good idea.
Please be aware that if you are not in a life-threatening condition, in distress, or severely injured, you are likely to spend the day waiting at the ER, just to get a few minutes with a very busy doctor.
The dramatic increase in tourism in Italy, in particular from May to September, causes a significant impact on hospitals’ emergency rooms.
A correct use of ERs is part of being a better, more responsible tourist in Italy. Here you can find more information about the correct use of emergency services in Italy.