Emergency rooms are available 24 hours a day to handle serious or life-threatening medical problems. Prior authorization is not required for emergency room visits however, please notify Health Tradition within 48 hours if you are hospitalized overnight due to emergency admission.
When should you call 911?
For life-threatening conditions, call 911 right away. Don’t drive yourself to the emergency room if you have serious symptoms or medical conditions that require emergency care such as:
- Suspected heart attack, including chest pain, pain in the left arm or jaw, sudden weakness or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness
- Suspected or actual poisoning
- Acute appendicitis
- Heat exhaustion
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Life- or limb-threatening injury
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Signs of a stroke, including sudden numbness, slurred speech, severe headache, weakness on one side of the face or loss of consciousness