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When to go to the ER

When to call 911 or go to an emergency room immediately

If you have symptoms of heart attack or stroke, or feel that your “life or limb” is in danger, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room (ER) immediately. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, you should visit the ER if you have any of the following warning signs or conditions:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or changes in vision
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Changes in mental status, such as confusion

When to go to an emergency room or urgent care facility

Non-life-threatening conditions that would need quick attention in an ER or an urgent care facility include:

  • Cuts requiring stitches
  • Sprains
  • Simple fractures
  • Eye injuries
  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Severe insect bites

All patients presenting to the emergency room receive a Medical Screening Exam to determine whether or not your condition constitutes a medical emergency. If after the Medical Screening Exam, it is determined that your condition is not a medical emergency, treatment options will be discussed.