It is often hard to know when something is an emergency. More and more, ERs are filling up with non-emergent patients often because people do not know if what they are experiencing is a true emergency. While having a health issue can be very troubling, it is very important to know what is an emergency and what can wait until you can see your doctor or go to a walk in clinic.
I have a lot of health problems, and although I am not a trained medical professional, I have had my share of health scares that made me question if I should go in. According to the sites I researched, there are a few things you definitely should not wait and see on.
- Chest Pain or upper abdominal pain and pressure
- Sudden, severe pain in any part pf your body or head with no history
- Sudden dizziness, sudden weakness or Sudden change in vision
- Severe and persistent vomiting or diarrhea lasting more that 48 hours
- Difficult breathing or sudden shortness of breath
- Suicidal feelings
- The obvious ones such as broken bones, bleeding or large wounds
This list can apply to adults or children, but you should also watch a child closer and children’s emergencies are often for less than an adult would consider an emergency. Watch higher fevers in small children as well. They can easily lead to serious emergencies if not treated.
As always, what is an emergency to one person is not to another. I suggest finding a local “on call” nurse advice line if you have questions. They can often tell you if it is something you can wait and see on or if you need to head in right away. No one likes going to the ER, but make sure to do it if you need to.
Please note, I am not a medical professional and I am not giving professional advice. Please seek the advice of a medical professional if you have any questions.