Medical Emergency

You should call 911 if you or someone else is having a medical emergency.

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:

  • Accidental injury from a car crash, fire (burns or smoke inhalation), or near drowning
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Breathing problems, such as difficulty breathing or shortness or breath
  • Change in mental status, such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing
  • Chest pain
  • Choking
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Fainting or loss or consciousness
  • Feeling of committing suicide or murder
  • Head or spine injury
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
  • Swallowing a poisonous substance
  • Upper abdominal pain

If you get a busy signal when you call 911, contact your local police precinct.