How to Know Where to Go

When someone you love is sick or injured, it’s sometimes hard to know what to do. Planning ahead and knowing your care choices will make it easier when you’re faced with an emergency.

In addition to your primary care physician or pediatrician, care choices include:

  • 911 for life-threatening medical emergencies, including stroke, heart attack, drowning, choking, traumatic injuries, second or third-degree burns to more than 10% of the body and some seizures
  • ER for severe, non-life-threatening emergencies
  • Urgent care for minor illness or injury
  • Virtual care for common conditions and prescription refills

If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

How to Know When to Go to the ER

Some of the top reasons to go to the ER include:

When to Go to the ER for Flu

When to Go to the ER with Fever

Sometimes, fever needs to be treated in an ER.

When to Take a Baby to the ER with Fever

When to Take a Child to the ER with Fever

Signs a Child’s Fever is Too High

When to Take an Adult to the ER with Fever

When to Go to the ER with Stomach Pain

Stomach pain is one of the top reasons for ER visits.

When to Take a Child to the ER with Stomach Pain

When to Take an Adult to the ER with Stomach Pain

When to go to the ER for Vomiting

Vomiting can be dangerous and cause dehydration.

When to Take a Child to the ER for Vomiting

Signs of Dehydration in a Child

When to Take an Adult to the ER for Vomiting

When to Go to the ER for a Cut

When to Go to the ER for a Fall

When to Go to the ER for an Ear Infection

When to Go to the ER for a Sprain

When to Go to the ER for a Burn

When to Go the ER with High Blood Pressure

When to Go to the ER with a Heat-Related Illness

When to Go to the ER for Heat Exhaustion

When to Go to the ER for Heatstroke

When to Go to the ER for a Head Injury

Common Concussion Symptoms

When to Go to the ER for Heart Fluttering

When to Go to the ER for Fainting

When to Go to the ER with a Headache

When to Go to the ER for an Allergic Reaction

When to Go to the ER for Pneumonia

When to Go to the ER for a Snakebite

When to Go to the ER for Back Pain

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