None of us wants to go through a health crisis. But when you or someone you love does, it’s vital to know what to do.
Emergency care is care for health problems that could result in death and that need urgent help, such as:
- Sudden dire sickness
- Pain, harm or health problems that need urgent care
This kind of care can involve ambulance, health screening, exams and tests by a doctor or proper health care staff. It is for both physical and psychiatric care.
Examples of Emergencies
These are examples of emergencies and include but are not limited to:
- Having trouble breathing
- Seizures (uncontrollable violent spasms)
- Lots of bleeding
- Loss of consciousness/blackouts (will not wake up)
- In a lot of pain (including chest pain)
- Consuming of poison or drug overdose
- Broken bones
- Head injury
- Eye injury
- Thoughts or actions about hurting yourself or someone else
If you think you have a health emergency, call 911. You do not have to call your doctor before you go to the emergency room. Do not use the emergency room for routine health care.
What to Do in an Emergency
Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you have an emergency. Emergency care is covered at all times and in all places.