When to Call 911

Trauma

Automobile accidents, falls, assault... Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis System has specialized trauma-care providers who are trained to give life-saving, rapid response to trauma victims.

Many times it is obvious when an injury demands a 911 call. But in some cases it is difficult for individuals to know when an injury is severe enough to justify emergency care. However, dismissing an injury as “not too bad” can have terrible consequences.

When you don’t know, call 911. Let professionals help decide if a trip to the hospital is needed.

Stroke

A stroke can strike quickly. Symptoms include:

Call 911, especially if there is a sudden loss of vision, loss of balance with dizziness or severe headache.

Missouri’s Time Critical Diagnosis System has specialized stroke care professionals ready to offer crucial life saving treatment.

Heart Attack

Some heart attacks happen suddenly; some begin slowly and with mild pain. It’s often difficult to know if someone is having a heart attack.

Chest discomfort is a symptom in most heart attacks. Discomfort can begin in the center of the chest and last more than a few minutes. The discomfort may go away and come back, and can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

When you suspect heart trouble, call 911. Professionals will help determine if a trip to the hospital is necessary.