When in doubt, check it out.

  • Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath

  • Chest or upper abdominal pain or pressure

  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness

  • Changes in vision

  • Confusion or changes in mental status

  • Any sudden or severe pain

  • Uncontrolled bleeding

  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea

  • Coughing or vomiting blood

  • Suicidal feelings

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Shortness of breath

  • Unusual abdominal pain

Pediatric Emergencies


Children have unique medical problems and may display different symptoms than adults. Symptoms that are serious for a child may not be as serious for an adult. Children may also be unable to communicate their condition, which means an adult will have to interpret the behavior. When it comes to your child or a child under your care, seek immediate medical attention if you think they are having a medical emergency.

Medical emergencies are unexpected events and knowing that an experienced health care team is available around the clock and close to home should take the worry out of dealing with them when they occur.