Is This an Emergency?
If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or 911. You should always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care providers concerning your health or any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.
Your Cell Phone and ICE (In Case of Emergency)
At times of crisis, your cell phone can be an indispensable lifeline. Simply enter the acronym ICE before the name and number in your cell phone address book of someone that could be contacted on your behalf during an emergency. For example, you can create entries such as ICE - Mom, or ICE - John. This will enable emergency personnel to know whom to contact should you be in shock or otherwise unable to give them necessary information yourself.
When Should I Go to the Emergency Department?*
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or changes in mental status
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Suicidal feelings
- Difficulty speaking
- Shortness of breath
- Unusual abdominal pain
*Guidelines from the American College of Emergency Physicians
If you have a cold or the flu, or are just not sure what to do – contact your Primary Care Physician or visit the Emergency Room.