What is a medical emergency

A medical emergency is a sudden injury or serious illness that, if not treated right away, could cause death or serious harm to you. If you are pregnant it, may mean harm to you or your unborn child. In case of an emergency, go to the nearest emergency room or call 911.

An example of a life threatening emergency could be the following:

  • Heart attack
  • Severe breathing problem
  • Severe bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Convulsions
  • Severe burns
  • Gunshot or knife wounds
  • Unconsciousness
  • Immediate and imminent threat to life or loss of life due to a psychiatric illness or substance use

If you can, call your Primary Care Doctor.  If you cannot call, go to the nearest hospital emergency room or call 911 for emergency ambulance assistance