When to Go to the Emergency Room

If you think someone could suffer significant harm or die without prompt attention, seek emergency care--or call 911--immediately.

When to go straight to the emergency room

  • Life-or limb-threatening medical condition

  • Extremely high fever

  • Severe trauma

  • Broken bones

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Chest pain

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Poisoning or drug overdose

  • Major burns

  • Coughing or vomiting blood

  • Drug overdose or poisoning

  • Numbness in the face, arm or leg

  • Seizures, fainting or unconsciousness 

  • Sudden blurred vision

  • Sudden, severe headache

  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance