North Texas Family Medicine

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— Josh Billings
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Minor Emergency Services

What is Considered an Emergency?

In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger your life. Dial 911 immediately for any medical problem that appears life-threatening. Some examples of conditions that need emergency medical care include:

Compound fracture, which involves a bone protruding through the skin
Convulsions, seizures, or loss of consciousness
Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
Fever in a newborn less than 3 months old
Heavy, uncontrollable bleeding
Moderate to severe burns
Pregnancy-related problems
Serious head, neck, or back injury
Severe abdominal pain
Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
Heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain that lasts longer than two minutes
Stroke symptoms, such as vision loss, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion
Suicidal or homicidal feelings

What is Considered a Minor Medical Emergency?

Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples include:

Accidents and falls
Cuts that don’t involve much blood but might need stitches
Breathing difficulties, such as mild to moderate asthma
Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
Eye irritation and redness
Fever or flu
Minor broken bones and fractures in fingers or toes
Moderate back problems
Severe sore throat or cough
Skin rashes and infections
Sprains and strains
Urinary tract infections
Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration