When to use the Emergency Room

Emergency rooms are good places to go only if your health problem is very serious.  Go to an emergency room or call 911 right away if you have any of these problems:

  • Miscarriage/pregnancy with vaginal bleeding
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • A broken bone
  • Chest pain or other severe pain
  • A bad burn
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Shock (you may sweat, feel thirsty or dizzy or have pale skin)
  • Fainting/ unconsciousness
  • You are in labor
  • Suddenly not able to see, move, or speak
  • Drug overdose

If you are not sure whether you should go to the emergency room, you can call your doctor and he or she can tell you what you should do. Even if your doctor’s office is closed, your doctor will have a number that you can call 24 hours a day.

If you want to talk to someones about a health problem that you’re having, you can call NurseWise at 1-800-704-1484. NurseWise has nurses ready to talk to you 24hours a day. All of our nurses speak English and Spanish. They can answer your questions and help you.