Medical Emergencies

IF YOU ARE HAVING A MEDICAL EMERGENCY, CALL 9-1-1

What Is a Medical Emergency?

An accident or sudden illness may be a medical emergency that needs immediate attention. A medical emergency is usually characterized by a sudden, rapid change in the victim’s condition. These are some conditions requiring immediate emergency medical care:

  • Choking
  • Drug overdose
  • Electric shock
  • Heart attack warning signs such as:
    • Pain or discomfort that extends across the shoulders to the back
    • Pain or discomfort that radiates from the chest into either arm, neck, or jaw
    • Severe squeezing pains or discomfort in the chest
    • Sweating or weakness, nausea or vomiting
  • Not breathing or difficulty in breathing
  • Seizure
  • Serious burns
  • Severe bleeding or injury caused by a vehicle accident, fall, gunshot, stabbing or other assault
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Unconscious person
Don’t wait, minutes can make a difference between life and death.