Generally, emergency room doctors should provide you with discharge instructions when you leave the emergency room. The doctor should use reasonable care in writing the discharge instructions based on the information available. For example, a doctor may recommend that you follow up with your primary care doctor, or a specialist, as soon as possible.
Of course, as the patient, you also bear some responsibility. If your symptoms worsened or remained concerning, then you should seek medical attention regardless of what was in the discharge papers.
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