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When is time to go to the ER?

It’s a question many people ask themselves when faced with a personal emergency. And it can be scary to try and figure out on your own. “Do I need to go to the ER?” While the answer isn’t always obvious, if you think you or a loved one may need emergency medical care, err on the side of caution and call 9-1-1 immediately.

Below is a list of emergencies that require medical attention:

  • Severe chest pain or pressure
  • Severe pain in neck, jaw, back or left arm
  • Persistent shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Lightheaded or dizziness
  • Loss of vision
  • Persistent nausea or vomiting
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Loss of balance or fainting
  • Difficulty speaking, altered mental status or confusion
  • Numbness on one side of body or face
  • Seizures with or without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Weakness or paralysis
  • Head injuries
  • Eye injuries
  • Heart palpitations
  • Sudden or persistent headache
  • Falls with injury or while taking blood thinning medications
  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Cuts that require stitches
  • Severe flu or cold symptoms
  • High fever or fever with rash
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
  • Newborn baby with a fever
  • Burns or abrasions

If you have a medical emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. Then tell the emergency team, “Take me to Florida Hospital Tampa.”