A medical emergency is a serious medical condition that results from injury, sickness or mental illness. A medical emergency is sudden, severe, and needs immediate treatment.
Some Examples of Possible Medical Emergencies are When Your Child
Loses consciousness (passes out)
Has convulsions or seizures
Has eaten poison of any sort
Has severe or unusual shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Has severe or unusual vomiting
Has heavy or sudden bleeding
Feels sudden, severe or unusual pain or pressure
Has had a serious fall, car accident, or blow to the head
Is trying to harm himself or herself, or harm others
Tip: Make a list of possible emergencies related to your child's condition. Review it with your child's primary care provider (PCP). Ask the PCP to share the list with other on-call providers who may take care.
Visiting the Emergency RoomLearn about your child's health plan policies for emergency room visits before an emergency happens. Check the benefits handbook or call a Member Services Representative at the plan for more information.
Remember to call and tell your child's PCP about the emergency. Ask the emergency room staff to send a copy of the record from the visit to your child's PCP.
This information is provided by the Division of Perinatal, Early Childhood, and Special Health Needs within the Department of Public Health.