When to go to the ER

Emergencies are never planned and by nature arbitrary.  They are also subjective.  What qualifies as an emergency for one person may not qualify as an emergency for someone else.  Definitions vary as experiences are unique to each person who has an emergency.  This often creates questions about when to go to the Emergency Room.  THINK Insurance & Financial Services wants to help the people of Pomona, CA by answering these questions and providing guidelines about when a person should go to the Emergency Room and when to go to Urgent Care.

When to Go to the ER

Some people need to be more vigilant about acting in an emergency situation.   Elderly people, newborn or unborn infants, and people with certain medical conditions are advised to go the ER in the event that staying away would cause death or irreversible disability.

GO to the ER or dial 911 for Help When You Experience:

  • Cardiac Emergency
    • Chest Pain- It is even more important to go if it is accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath, vomiting, and pain radiates down the arm or jaw.
  • Pulmonary
    • Shortness of Breath
    • Inhaled smoke or poisonous fumes-
  • Neurological
    • Dizziness/Vertigo
    • Confusion/Disorientation
    • Trouble Speaking
    • Face Drooping
    • Seizures
    • Head Injuries
  • G/I
    • Sudden severe abdominal pain
    • Severe GI bleeding
  • Orthopedic
    • Broken Bones
    • Dislocation
  • Dermatological
    • Laceration
    • Serious Burns
  • Everything Else
    • Anaphylaxis-  especially when accompanied by hives, and swollen airways
    • Heavy Bleeding
    • High Fever- especially when accompanied by a stiff neck and sensitivity to light

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are the events most likely to lead a person to go to the Emergency Room.  THINK Insurance & Financial Services wants people in Pomona, CA to be prepared for any catastrophic event and for there to be no question unanswered questions so they can always be prepared for the unexpected.