What constitutes a real emergency?
A stroke, heart attack, auto accident, broken bone — there are numerous critical incidents that could send you racing to an emergency room. When lesser injuries or illnesses prompt you to visit the ER, unless your situation is critical, you may end up waiting to be seen. Learn how to recognize when an ER visit is truly warranted, and what to expect if you go, in our online Health Library.
When to Call 911, Your Doctor, or the Hospital
Emergency Care: When Is It the Right Choice?
Potential Emergency Situations and Conditions