Department of Emergency Management and Security
What It Is
A medical emergency is any acute injury or illness that poses an immediate risk to a person's life or long-term health. You can't predict accidents or illnesses, but you can prepare for an emergency. Medical emergencies may happen on their own, or they may be a secondary impact of virtually every other hazard addressed in this Community Emergency Response Guide.
Some examples of medical emergencies are: difficulty breathing, fainting, chest pain or pressure, uncontrolled bleeding, coughing or vomiting blood, sudden severe pain, poisoning, or major injuries, such as broken bones, lacerations, burns, or puncture wounds.