Emergency Department - Call 911!
Call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department if you experience any of the following:
Symptoms include chest tightness or pressure and/or pain in the chest, neck, jaw, arms or back and can differ in men and women. Men may experience shortness of breath, unusual fatigue, cold sweat and dizziness. Women may experience unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, indigestion and anxiety.
If you suspect that you or a loved one may be having a stroke, call 911 IMMEDIATELY! Symptoms come on suddenly and include numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body, confusion, trouble speaking or understanding speech, or trouble seeing in one or both eyes, trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance and coordination.
Call 911 if there is a loss of consciousness. For suspected poisoning, call the 24/7 poison control center first at 1.800.222.1222 and ask for immediate home treatment. They will instruct you on what to do - some poison should be vomited and others should be diluted. You can also visit www.ncpoisoncenter.org for more information.
Serious accidents or injuries should be seen in an emergency setting. Call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department for bleeding that does not stop after ten minutes of direct pressure, sudden and/or severe pain, and major injuries, such as head trauma, severe allergic reactions to insect bites or stings, or severe and/or persistent vomiting.
Fevers above 105°F should always be treated in the emergency department.