ER in Dulles, Virginia

If you live in Loudoun County, you can trust that you are receiving the best care as quickly as possible when you choose the emergency room at StoneSprings Hospital. Our physicians are board certified in emergency medicine, and we provide specialized care for children through our dedicated pediatric emergency room.

If you or a loved one are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Our top priority is making sure you receive the care you need quickly and that we provide it with the compassion and comfort you expect from an HCA Healthcare facility. Our facility offers the following levels of care:

Our average ER wait time is always available on our website, or you can text ‘ER’ to 32222 to find out the HCA ER wait times closest to you (message and data rates may apply).

Pediatric emergency care

Parents can feel confident in the care their child will receive upon entry to the pediatric ER at StoneSprings Hospital. Our hospital offers expert care for pediatric patients in Dulles in an environment that is designed for kids and their parents. We provide pediatric emergency care 24 hours a day.

If your child is experiencing an emergency, call 911.

When to visit the ER

Sometimes it can be hard to know when you are facing a medical emergency. Stomach pain and headaches are two of the most common reasons people go to the ER, but how do you know when you should seek emergency care right away? The following are symptoms you should check for if you are considering a visit to the StoneSprings Hospital 24-hour ER:

Flu

The flu is very common, but for certain high-risk populations, it can pose a very serious threat. High-risk populations include infants, people 65 years old and older, pregnant women, people with certain diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and people with weakened or compromised immune systems.

If you have the flu and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should go to the emergency room:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Vomiting that can’t be controlled, to the point of severe loss of body fluids and dehydration
  • If you develop complications such as pneumonia

Head Pain

If a sudden headache prevents you from performing daily tasks, is significantly debilitating or is accompanied by the following symptoms, you should go to the ER:

  • High fever
  • Difficulty walking
  • Severe pain that begins suddenly
  • Neurological symptoms including weakness, numbing, slurred speech and blurred vision

Individuals with certain medical conditions may also be at serious risk. If you are experiencing any of the below conditions along with your headache, you should immediately visit the ER:

  • A headache immediately following a head injury
  • If you are taking blood thinners
  • Recent head injury or trauma

Severe stomach pain

Stomach pain is the most common reason that patients visit the emergency room. Stomach pain can result from a variety of reasons and occurs in varying degrees of severity. You should seek immediate emergency care if your stomach pain is accompanied by any of the following:

  • Stomach is hard and/or tender to the touch
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Inability to eat without nausea or vomiting
  • Pain in your chest, neck or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath or dizziness
  • High fever
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Dark or black stool
  • Vomit contains blood

Trouble breathing

Trouble breathing, or respiratory distress, may result from a chronic condition like asthma or something as serious as heart failure. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms you should seek emergency care:

  • Breathing stops
  • Severe shortness of breath that affects your ability to function
  • Noisy, high-pitched and rapid wheezing
  • Coughing up blood
  • Inability to speak comfortably and sustain voice while at rest
  • Breathing difficulties when you lie flat
  • Breathlessness that doesn’t stop after 30 minutes of rest

You should also seek emergency care if your trouble breathing is accompanied by any of the following:

  • Back or arm pain
  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles
  • High fever, chills and cough

Back pain

Back pain is a common complaint, but it can be a sign of something that requires immediate medical attention. You should seek emergency care right away if your back pain is unbearable or is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Sudden numbness or weakness
  • Confusion, slurred speech or inability to speak
  • Vision loss
  • Loss of control over bladder or bowels

Broken bones

Without imaging technology, like an X-ray, it can be hard to identify if a bone is broken, dislocated or if you have a bad sprain. In addition to pain, the following symptoms may indicate that your bone is broken and you need medical care:

  • Bruising around the area
  • Swelling
  • Deformity or a bone bulging through the skin
  • A grating sound or a feeling caused by friction between bone and cartilage or the fractured parts of a bone

Chest pain

Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing chest pain that is crushing or wheezing that comes with any of these symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Pain that spreads from the chest to the neck, jaw or arms
  • Lightheadedness
  • Fast or irregular pulse
  • Signs of shock

Signs of a heart attack may show up in other ways in women, and may include:

  • Unusual fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Discomfort in your gut
  • Discomfort in the neck, shoulder or upper back

Concussion

A concussion or any injury to the head can be very serious. If you have hit your head and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should visit the ER:

  • Loss of consciousness, even briefly
  • Any period of amnesia, or loss of memory of the event
  • Slurred speech
  • Feeling dazed or confused
  • Worsening or severe headache
  • Vomiting
  • Seizure

Side pain

Severe side pain can be an indication of a serious medical condition. If you are experiencing severe pain in your lower right stomach, side or back, or if your pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, you should seek medical treatment:

  • Fever
  • Dizziness
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in the urine or pain during urination
  • Have had a recent urinary tract infection (UTI)

If severe side pain persists for more than a few minutes you should seek medical attention regardless of other symptoms you may or may not be experiencing.

What to expect at the StoneSprings ER

Upon visiting our ER, a triage nurse will ask you about your symptoms and take your vital signs. Once you have seen a healthcare professional, a registration clerk will gather information for your medical record and insurance. Whether or not you have insurance or are able to pay, you will be medically screened, evaluated and stabilized.

If you have a life-threatening condition, you will be treated first, followed by seriously ill or unstable patients. Otherwise, you will be seen in the order that you arrived.

Things to bring with you to the ER:

  • List of medications you take
  • List of known allergies
  • A copy of results from any recent medical tests
  • List of recent medical procedures
  • Care preferences and restrictions
  • A responsible adult or phone number for someone to contact

Be sure to ask any questions you may have before you are discharged and keep all paperwork, instructions and medicines, if you received any. Your primary care provider will be given a copy of your visit summary.