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Is it an Emergency?

Recognizing a medical emergency is the first step towards getting appropriate treatment. If you, or a loved one, develops any of the following signs or symptoms, seek Emergency Care immediately.

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This means going promptly to the nearest hospital Emergency Room. If you have any question about your ability to get there safely and swiftly, call 911 to access Emergency Medical Services for prehospital care and transport.

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  • Unconsciousness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe burns
  • Chest pain
  • Poisonings or overdoses
  • Severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or drug or other allergen, especially if there is breathing difficulty
  • Sudden, acute onset of pain of any kind
  • Abuse - domestic, child, elder, sexual assault
  • Spinal injuries
  • Shock
  • Sudden onset of weakness or inability to move a part of the body
  • Seizures
  • Severe fractures
  • Electrical shocks
  • Acute and unexplained change in behavior, such as when a previously normal person becomes agitated, confused, or withdrawn

These are only a few of the symptoms that could indicate that emergency medical attention is needed. If there is any doubt as to the seriousness of the illness or injury, seek medical attention at once.

If you have any questions about what to do in an Emergency, call 911 for assistance!

When you call, be prepared to give the following information:

  • Telephone number from where you are calling
  • Address and any landmarks to assist the ambulance in locating you
  • Describe the victim's condition as best you can
  • Give your name
  • DO NOT HANG UP! Let the emergency personnel end the conversation. They may have additional questions that are important to help you.

After the call, be sure to unlock your door and turn on any outside lights if appropriate. Try to have a neighbor, friend or relative stationed in front of your house or location to help direct ambulance personnel to the victim.