You should call 911 if you or someone else is having a medical emergency.
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:
- Accidental injury from a car crash, fire (burns or smoke inhalation), or near drowning
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Breathing problems, such as difficulty breathing or shortness or breath
- Change in mental status, such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing
- Chest pain
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Fainting or loss or consciousness
- Feeling of committing suicide or murder
- Head or spine injury
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Upper abdominal pain
If you get a busy signal when you call 911, contact your local police precinct.
Call 911 to report a medical emergency.