Emergency Care

When To Call 911, Your Doctor, or The Hospital

When an emergency threatens a person’s life, limbs or sense organs – such as heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, broken bones, head and neck injuries, cuts with severe bleeding, and eye injuries – call 911 immediately.

Be prepared to provide the condition of the person experiencing the medical emergency, and location of the person for the ambulance staff to arrive.

It is important to have a list of medications being taken by the patient, if possible, to assist the first responders in assessing the medical situation.

The following are warning signs which may indicate a medical emergency:
  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressureFainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Confusion or changes in mental statusAny sudden or severe painUncontrolled bleedingSevere or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting bloodSuicidal thoughts or feelingsDifficulty speakingShortness of breathUnusual abdominal pain