The Emergency department of a hospital is responsible for the provision of medical and surgical care to patients arriving at the hospital in need of immediate or life threatening care. In life-threatening situations, call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room. Emergency room visits may involve longer wait times because the order of treatment is based on the severity of illness, not arrival time.

Emergency Medical Condition

An emergency medical condition is a medical or psychiatric condition that shows itself by rapid onset symptoms severe enough (including severe pain) that you could reasonably expect the following results if you did not receive immediate medical attention:

  • Serious jeopardy to your health
  • Serious impairment in your bodily function
  • Serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part

Symptoms best handled in an Emergency Room or Hospital include:

  • Chest pain or pressure which may radiate to the arms, neck, back shoulder, jaw, arm, or wrist
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Severe head injuries
  • Major burns
  • Major broken bones
  • Spinal injuries
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Sudden onset of severe abdominal pain
  • Sudden decrease in or loss of consciousness
  • Sudden inability to talk or to move one side of the body, or sudden slurred speech