Raulerson Hospital
We are a 100-bed acute care facility providing a full range of medical and surgical services. We have been serving the Okeechobee and surrounding communities for more than 30 years.

What to Expect From a Trip to the Emergency Room

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A medical emergency can be an unsettling situation for everyone. Given the high stress associated with an unexpected medical emergency, Emergency Rooms may feel like a confusing and chaotic environment. However, if you know what to expect when a medical crisis occurs, you’ll find that the ER can provide the calming and capable care you need when an emergency strikes. Raulerson Hospital strives to provide each ER patient with prompt, effective, and compassionate emergency care.


In order for the ER staff to assess how to best address your healthcare needs, when you arrive you will first undergo a process called triage. In many cases, a triage nurse will greet you and begin asking a series of questions to assess your condition. You may be told to explain the circumstances that led to your specific injury or illness. The nurse may also request the details of your general medical history. Once the triage nurse has taken down the details of your condition, they may direct you to a waiting area or to an exam room, based on your triage level.


Each ER patient is seen as quickly as possible by a physician. Conditions such as bone breaks or burns may receive immediate treatment. If you suffer from a problem such as abdominal or chest pain however, a doctor may need to perform diagnostic tests to pinpoint the source of your discomfort. Once the reason for your symptoms is diagnosed, the ER staff can begin treatment.


Many ER patients are able to be discharged and leave the hospital once their emergency medical needs have been met. For instance, once your broken bone is placed in a cast or your laceration is stitched up, you may be given permission to return home. However, some serious conditions may require hospitalization so that you can receive the comprehensive care necessary for recovery. Pneumonia, heart attacks, strokes, and appendicitis are just a few conditions that typically necessitate admittance to the hospital.

Let Raulerson Hospital take care of your medical needs. Our ER is equipped to handle a wide range of immediate medical emergencies. If you would like to learn about how we can help you in the case of a medical emergency, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse available 24/7. If you are having a medical emergency, please call 911 immediately.

The Patient's Guide to Appendicitis

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When a medical emergency strikes, surgery may be the best treatment option. If your appendix is inflamed, a doctor will likely recommend an appendectomy to remove it before it ruptures. For individuals who need an appendectomy, Raulerson Hospital offers safe and successful surgical services.

What Is Appendicitis?

The medical community is still unsure about the exact role that the appendix plays in bodily health and function. Doctors do know however, that the appendix can suffer blockages that may cause the accumulation of bacteria. This bacterial buildup can eventually cause severe inflammation, a condition better known as appendicitis. In many instances, this inflammation may develop in just a few hours.

How Does Appendicitis Present?

As the appendix becomes more inflamed, a person suffering from appendicitis may experience abdominal pain. This discomfort often begins in the center of the midsection, but it can spread to the lower right side of the body. An individual with appendicitis may also experience extreme gastrointestinal distress. The sensation of feeling sick to one’s stomach is common, as are bouts of vomiting or diarrhea. As is the case with other types of infection, appendicitis can also lead to high fever. Hunger may also be greatly suppressed when a person is suffering from this condition.

When Should You Seek Help for Your Symptoms?

Appendicitis can be deadly when left untreated. The longer that the inflamed appendix remains in the body, the greater the likelihood that it will rupture. If a rupture occurs, the bacteria inside the appendix could spread throughout the abdominal region. In as little as a single day, a person experiencing symptoms may eventually suffer a rupture. If one or more of the aforementioned symptoms present, doctors strongly urge individuals to seek immediate ER attention. Though many appendectomies are emergency surgeries, this particular type of surgery is extremely common in the United States.

Would you like to learn more about appendicitis? If so, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 725-3918 to talk to a registered nurse available 24/7. You can also call to learn about our minimally invasive appendectomy procedure which leaves patients with smaller scars, quicker recovery time, and a shorter hospital stay.

What to Know about Flu Shots

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The flu season is just beginning. The CDC typically designates October as the start of the flu season, which can last until the following spring. Because the flu can be deadly to certain demographics, medical professionals highly recommend that individuals over the age of 6 months receive an annual flu shot.

The need to get a yearly flu shot stems from the ever-changing make-up of the viruses that cause the most deadly strains of the flu. By updating the vaccinations for these viruses, the medical community can help keep the public safe. In addition, immunity to the flu does not remain constant over time, so getting an annual flu shot is the best means to stay protected against these viruses.

Do you need to get your annual flu shot? You can visit your local pharmacy or contact your doctor to schedule a flu shot. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse if you need help finding a doctor.

Rehabilitation at Raulerson Hospital

To get patients back to health as soon as possible, Raulerson Hospital offers rehabilitation services. However, the rate at which patients can recover from their injuries or treatments often depends on their existing state of health.

In this video you’ll be introduced to RH’s Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy Director. The video also examines the factors that can influence the length of time that a patient may require for rehabilitation. For instance, should a patient undergo joint replacement surgery, he may need several weeks of rehabilitation. If he was fairly mobile prior to treatment, he may demand only a month of rehabilitative help. If he was largely immobile because of his damaged hip or knee, rehabilitation might be needed for a longer period of time.

Do you have questions about your upcoming surgery or postoperative rehabilitation? If so, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 725-3918 to speak with a registered nurse. 

Sleep Disorder Basics: Periodic Limb Movement

Wife Comforting Husband Suffering With Insomnia

Sleeping disorders are more than mild inconveniences. Without treatment, they can cause chronic sleep deprivation, which may lead to serious physical and mental health complications. Periodic limb movement disorder can be a particularly frustrating condition for those who suffer from it, causing them to wake up multiple times throughout the night. Raulerson Hospital urges local residents with periodic limb movement disorder to talk to their doctor about our Sleep Disorders Laboratory for relief from their condition. Below you’ll find some additional information about this condition.

What Is Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Periodic limb movement disorder takes its name from the nature of the condition, as it involves recurrent movement of the arms or legs. This repetitive activity can make it extremely difficult for sufferers to enjoy a full night’s rest and may cause them to become chronically exhausted. Partners who share beds with periodic limb movement disorder sufferers may experience sleep deprivation as well if the condition is so severe that it also wakes them.

Why Does Periodic Limb Movement Disorder Occur?

Sleeping disorder experts are still looking at the reasons why periodic limb movement disorder impacts certain individuals. Though the cause behind this condition may be unclear, medical specialists suspect that it may have an underlying neurological source. However, some people who suffer from this condition may have a primary medical issue, such as diabetes, that is causing the condition.

How Can You Address Periodic Limb Movement Disorder?

Periodic limb movement disorder can be an especially frustrating condition for sufferers and their partners, however, help is available. Sleep disorder specialists can provide medications to alleviate symptoms. By going to a medical professional, individuals with this condition can also undergo testing to rule out other health concerns that may be contributing to their sleeping issues.

Do you suspect that you may have periodic limb movement disorder? If so, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 725-3918 to speak to a registered nurse at any time.

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