Emergency Care

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Knowing how to distinguish a true medical emergency from an urgent situation saves lives as well as unnecessary out-of-pocket expenses. A true emergency is a life- or limb-threatening situation and you should call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate medical attention. Examples of true emergencies include (but are not limited to):

  • Deep cuts, significant active bleeding or severe burns
  • Seizures
  • Sudden blackouts or being unable to move or speak
  • Severe chest pain
  • Breathing problems or choking
  • Injuries from an animal attack
  • Poisoning
  • A broken bone or sudden, severe pain and swelling in a joint

If time permits or if you’re unsure if the injury or illness is a true emergency, call your primary care physician for advice prior to obtaining emergency care; however, you should always seek immediate medical attention in any situation you believe to be life- or limb-threatening.

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