9 Reasons To Go To the Emergency Room

Sometimes, knowing you need to go to the emergency room is a no-brainer (or, you don’t really have a choice). You may have a broken bone, or be having a heart attack. But for a lot of cases, deciding to go to the emergency room isn’t so easy.

How do you decide if that stomach pain is worth a trip to the hospital, or if you should just wait it out? If you slip and fall, should you go to the ER for it? The truth is that there is no black-and-white checklist of symptoms that merit a trip to the emergency department.

However, there are certain guidelines that you can follow to help determine if the trip is necessary. And remember, if you are in doubt, you can always call your primary physician to ask for their advice.

In this video, Dr. Don Lefkowits, Medical Director of the Rose Medical Center Emergency Department, explains nine common illnesses and injuries that need medical attention and a trip to the ER.


1. Feeling any pain or pressure in the chest
2. Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
3. injuries
4. lacerations with uncontrollable bleeding
5. falls where there may be a head injury
6. abdominal pain that doesn’t go away after 3-4 hours
7. confusion, trouble thinking clearly, or a change in mental awareness
8. high fevers that can’t be controlled by fever medication
9. nausea, vomiting, diahhrea

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