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When Should You Go To the ER?

An emergency means that medical care is needed right away. You should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Examples of emergencies include:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of balance
  • Sudden blurred or loss of vision
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Passing out
  • A major injury, such as head trauma
  • Coughing or vomiting blood

If you go to the emergency room, you should contact your provider as soon as possible for follow-up treatment. Keep in mind that only emergency care is covered in an emergency room.

If you are not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call your provider. They may:

  • Give you advice over the phone
  • Prescribe medicine or therapy
  • Ask you to come into the office
  • Refer you to another provider
  • Refer you to an urgent care center

Page last modified September 17, 2010