If you think you may have been infected with the coronavirus, do not come to Mahaska Health. Call your provider immediately.

When should I go to the Emergency Department?

In case of life-threatening emergencies, please call 911 for your nearest local Emergency Medical Services (EMS). If you have any question about the severity of an emergency, call 911. EMS teams can save lives in critical situations.

Life-threatening Emergencies include:
  • Chest pain, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Serious or severe injuries, burns, electrical shock, contamination, trauma
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Altered mental state (confusion)
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings
  • Stroke symptoms (sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arms or leg, especially on one side of the body, sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination, sudden severe headache with no known cause).
  • Seizure
  • Weakness/dizziness/fainting/unconsciousness
  • Poison ingestion or overdose
  • Severe vomiting or suspected food poisoning
  • Abdominal Pain
  • High fever that does not get better with medicine