Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

When to Use the ER

One of the OSU Health Access Network's goals is to help you avoid using the emergency room when you do not have a medical emergency. However, there are times when going to the emergency room may be needed. If you are not sure you have an emergency, call your PCP.

Examples of illnesses and injuries that must be treated in the ER:

  • Loss of consciousness or unable to respond to questions
  • Chest Pain
  • Severe pain with pregnancy
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Sudden and severe pain
  • Poisoning/overdose
  • Head injury
  • Broken Bones
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Burns with blisters
  • Severe persistent vomiting
  • Suicidal feelings

If you do use the ER, be sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your primary care physician. Also, you should let your OSU HAN Case Manager know if you go to the ER so we can help you follow up your care.

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