Emergency services for all ages are available 24 hours a day. An emergency is defined as an acute illness or injury that may pose a threat to life, limb or eyesight; result in unreasonable pain or suffering; or requires immediate care or attention to ensure the best recovery possible.
When someone develops signs and symptoms of a stroke, heart attack, or other life threatening emergency then 911 should be called, or the person should report immediately to the nearest emergency facility. If deemed medically appropriate, some patients will be taken to the nearest emergency department, instead of the Mike O'Callaghan Military Medical Center.
The emergency department does not give medical advice over the phone, and if a person believes there is an emergency then 911 should be called, or they should report to a nearby emergency department. VA beneficiaries may call the VA 24-hour Nursing Advice line at 877-252-4866 or the Call Center at 702-791-9024 for assistance.
Non-beneficiaries will have a medical screening examination performed, and if necessary will be transferred to a civilian facility for further needed care.
After evaluation, if patients need continued inpatient care, they may be admitted. If there are specific services or specialist care needed that is unavailable at the MOFMC, then patients may be transferred to an appropriate civilian facility for continued care.