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When to Visit the Emergency Department

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IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911

The American College of Emergency Physicians offers these warning signs that may indicate a medical emergency and signal you should proceed to the nearest 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

When to take your child to the Emergency department:

  • Children have unique medical problems and may display different symptoms than adults
  • Symptoms that are serious for a child may not be as serious for an adult. 
  • Children may also be unable to communicate their condition, which means an adult will have to interpret the behavior
  •  Always get immediate medical attention if you think your child is having a medical emergency.

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