A guide to help you understand medical emergencies
What is a medical emergency?
A medical emergency is a sudden injury or serious illness that, if not treated right away, could cause death or serious harm to you.
Warning signs that indicate a medical emergency include the following:
Extreme difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
Confusion or sudden changes in mental status (e.g., loss of consciousness, first episode of fainting)
New or sudden difficulties with speech or forming coherent sentences
New or sudden changes in your vision
Any severe or sudden pain you have not experienced before
Unusual abdominal pain
Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
Coughing or vomiting blood
Fever of 103°F or above
Threat to life or loss of life due to a mental illness or substance use