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24/7 Emergency

You have a full range of emergency care waiting for you at Desert Care Network, including:

  • Emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week at all three of our hospital locations – in Palm Springs, Indio and Joshua Tree.
  • The Desert region’s highest level trauma center – a Level 1 – located at Desert Regional Medical Center
  • The first Level IV Trauma Center to serve the eastern Coachella Valley, at JFK Memorial Hospital
  • The first Level IV Trauma Center in San Bernardino County, at Hi-Desert Medical Center
  • Personalized care by physicians and nurses with advanced training in emergency medicine
  • A well-equipped ER prepared for injuries, heart care, stroke care and other life-threatening situations

You can rely on Desert Care Network for full-service emergency care when you face life-threatening situations.

Our emergency department’s highly trained physicians and triage nurses will treat your illnesses ranging from broken bones to life-threatening injuries. Plus, once your emergency care is complete, we can connect you with a primary care physician or specialists to help manage your ongoing care.

Advanced heart and stroke care

Heart attacks and strokes are frequent causes for emergency room visits. To prepare for such events, our emergency team follows proper protocol to assure heart and stroke patients receive potentially lifesaving treatment as quickly as possible. Desert Regional Medical Center is, a DNV Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. JFK Memorial is a Primary Stroke Center and Hi-Desert Medical Center is an Acute Stroke-Ready Hospital, both certified by The Joint Commission.

Trauma care

Trauma and surgical critical care surgeons are available 24 hours a day for your life-threatening emergency care needs at the Richards Emergency Trauma Center at Desert Regional Medical Center, at JFK Memorial Hospital, and Hi-Desert Medical Center. Our Trauma Centers are designated to serve an area from Banning and Beaumont to the West, Imperial County to the South, the Arizona border to the East, and Twentynine Palms and the high desert to the North.

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When Does Bleeding Need Emergency Care?

A variety of incidents and medical conditions can cause bleeding externally or internally. Injuries and wounds are obvious sources. Medical conditions that can cause bleeding include hemophilia, leukemia, liver disease, menorrhagia or prolonged menstrual bleeding, thrombocytopenia or low blood platelet count, von Willebrand disease, vitamin K deficiency, brain trauma, colon diverticulosis, lung cancer and acute bronchitis.

When to Seek Immediate Medical Care

If you think you have internal bleeding, get emergency medical help right away. Internal bleeding can become life-threatening very quickly. People with bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia and those who take blood thinners should also seek help right away to stop the bleeding. Here are some situations when you should seek medical help:

1. The person is in shock or has a fever

2. Bleeding cannot be controlled even when using pressure or a tourniquet

3. The bleeding was caused by a serious injury

4. The wound may need stitches to stop the bleeding

5. Foreign objects, such as gravel or dirt, are stuck inside the wound and can't be removed easily with gentle cleaning

6. Signs of infection develop, such as increased pain, redness, swelling, pus, yellow or brown fluid, swollen lymph nodes or red streaks spreading from the site toward the heart

7. The injury occurred due to an animal or human bite

8. The person with an injury has not had a tetanus shot in the last 5 to 10 years

Any bleeding that is left untreated could be fatal. Slow blood loss can add up over time and cause major organ injury, or possibly even death. It is important to remember that severe bleeding or bleeding to death can occur without any visible external bleeding, such as ruptured blood vessel aneurysms.

When you have symptoms of any medical condition or if your condition is not life-threatening but you're concerned about your health and well-being, please do not delay medical care. Go to the nearest hospital or call 911. We're here for you.