Understanding the warning signs of an emergency or life threatening situation can help you take appropriate action. These signs, however, are sometimes subtle and difficult to recognize. Ask your doctor about specific warning signs of any pre-existing medical conditions or symptoms from other risk factors (such as age) that may prompt treatment at the emergency room.

In some cases, an emergency visit is not necessary and first aid treatment can be administered. The information below is a guide to help you determine whether an emergency visit may be necessary. When in doubt, go to the emergency room or call Riverside Nurse (757) 595-6363 for help in assessing the need for medical treatment.