Emergency Resources | Fort Dodge, Iowa

When to go to ER

Not every illness or injury requires a trip to the ER, but certain conditions do. Print out tips for when to go to the Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care.

Don't hesitate to come to the ER or call 911 if you or a loved one experiences any of the following:

  • Symptoms of a heart attack, including severe chest pain, sweating and shortness of breath.
  • Profuse bleeding or blood loss that continues even after direct pressure has been placed on the wound.
  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Symptoms of a stroke, including sudden dizziness, weakness, loss of coordination, balance or vision problems.
  • High fever and vomiting that continues nonstop for several hours.
  • Signs of meningitis: severe headaches, neck/joint pain and stiffness, vomiting, high temperature, sensitivity to light (adults), high-pitched whimpering/crying, lethargy, fussiness, restlessness, high fever, vomiting, cold extremities, refusing food, pale or blotchy skin (babies, small children).
  • Seizures lasting longer than five minutes.
  • Injuries occurring from an accident or fall - intense back or neck pain, obvious compound fractures and/or dislocations of bones, deep cuts and severe burns.

Was That Poisonous?

Act Fast - if you think someone has been poisoned.

  • If you find your 2-year-old with an open bottle of medicine
  • If your spouse mixes household cleaners and can't stop coughing
  • If your teenager overdoses
  • If that liquid in the glass wasn't soda

Call Poison Control at 800-222-1222 right away.

Taking a trip without your children?

Trinity Emergency Services reminds parents that are planning a weekend getaway or vacation, don't forget to leave your child's caregiver with medical authorization in case of an emergency. Please fill out an Entrustment of Care of Minors Form for each of your children.