Medical Screening Exam

What is a Medical Screening Exam

Medical screening exam helps determine whether or not you need emergency medical treatment.

During the medical screening exam, a health care provider does a short physical exam and medical history to assess:

  • Your current symptoms.
  • Your overall health.

Depending on your symptoms, you may need additional tests.

What are the possible outcomes of a medical screening exam?

Your medical screening exam may determine that:

  • You do not need emergency treatment at this time.
  • You need treatment right away.
  • You need to be transferred to another medical center.

When should I seek medical care?

If you have a regular health care provider, make an appointment for a follow-up visit with him or her. If you do not have a regular health care provider, ask about resources in your community.

Get help right away if:

Your condition may change over time. If your condition gets worse or you develop new or troubling symptoms before you see your health care provider, go to an emergency department right away.

In an emergency:

  • Call 911 or have someone drive you to the nearest hospital.
  • Do not drive yourself.

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