Being able to recognize the signs of a medical emergency—and acting quickly—could help save someone’s life.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, signs and symptoms of a medical emergency include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure
- Fainting, weakness, or sudden dizziness
- Changes in vision
- Confusion or other changes in mental state
- Sudden or severe pain
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Difficulty speaking
- Suicidal thoughts
IF YOU DETECT ANY OF THESE SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS, GO TO THE HOSPITAL RIGHT AWAY. If you think the condition could be life-threatening or could get worse on the way to the hospital, call 911 immediately.