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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