Emergency Services

When to Go to the Emergency Room

So what constitutes a medical emergency? A medical emergency means having a medical condition involving acute symptoms, which may include severe pain or other critical symptoms that pose an immediate risk to a person's life or health over time.

Our hospital triage program aims to allocate emergency medical services and care to people who need them most. Recognizing a medical emergency and getting emergency medical services right away can save lives. Please don’t delay care if you or a loved one have symptoms that are best evaluated in an emergency room, which may include:

  • Broken bones and dislocated joints
  • Chest pains
  • Concussion/fainting
  • Confusion/change in mental state
  • Digestive problems, especially sudden, severe stomach pain coupled with nausea and vomiting
  • Facial lacerations
  • Fever with a rash
  • Head or eye injury
  • Intense back pain with numbness, weakness and fever
  • Muscle strain, inability to walk, fever or an open wound
  • Seizures
  • Serious burns
  • Severe cuts that may require stitches
  • Severe non-COVID-19 cold or flu symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
If you or someone you know has signs of a medical emergency, stay calm, go to the nearest hospital or emergency room or call 911. Do not delay care.