Should I Go To The ED?

Should I go to the Emergency Department?

If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.

Use good judgment in deciding when to use emergency medical services. If you are alarmed by unusually severe symptoms, it is best to seek immediate care.

When to go visit the Emergency Department

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Signs of heart attack. These include: pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest; tightness, burning, or aching under the breastbone; chest pain with lightheadedness
  • Signs of a stroke, including: sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body; sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye; loss of speech, or trouble talking or understanding speech; sudden, severe headaches with no known cause; unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially when accompanied by any other stroke symptoms.
  • Severe shortness of breath.
  • Bleeding that does not stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure.
  • Sudden, severe pain.
  • Broken bones.
  • Poisoning – Note: If possible, call your local poison control center at  1-800-222-1222 and ask for immediate home treatment advice. Certain poisons should be vomited as soon as possible while others should be diluted with water as soon as possible.
  • A severe or worsening reaction to an insect bite or sting, or to a medication, especially if breathing is difficult.
  • A major injury, such as a head trauma.
  • Unexplained stupor, drowsiness or disorientation.
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Severe or persistent vomiting.
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings.
  • Immediate threat to loss of vision or limb.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.