Should I call 911?

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Emergencies Only


Do not call 911 for non-emergency transportation, doing so can divert critical resources from situations which are a matter of life and death.
If you just need transportation, please call a taxi, use public transportation, or call a friend or relative.

Non-Emergency Situations


Examples of non-emergency situations are minor illness or injury not requiring immediate help such as:
  • Chronic (Ongoing) Aches and Pains
  • Emotional Upsets
  • Flu-Like Symptoms/Common Colds
  • Minor Cuts
  • Routine Visits to Medical Offices, Clinics and Hospitals
  • Broken Fingers or Toes

Medical Emergency


Know which symptoms to watch for. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians and other national organizations, the following are some of the warning signs of a medical emergency:
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Bleeding That Won't Stop
  • Chest or Upper Abdominal Pain or Pressure
  • Choking
  • Coughing Up or Vomiting Blood
  • Difficulty Breathing, Shortness of Breath
  • Drowning
  • Drug Overdose or Poisoning
  • Fainting or Loss of Consciousness
  • Heat Stress or Exhaustion
  • Hypothermia or Abnormally Low Body Temperature
  • Industrial Accident
  • Mental Change (Such as Confusion, Unusual Behavior, Difficulty Waking or Speaking)
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Injury
  • Neck or Back Injury
  • Severe Burns
  • Severe Vaginal Bleeding
  • Sudden Dizziness, Weakness, or Change in Vision
  • Sudden or Intense Pain
  • Suicidal or Homicidal Feelings
  • Trauma (Injury)
  • Unexplained Seizures or Convulsions
  • Unexplained Severe Headache
  • Unresponsiveness When Talked to or Touched