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Ready for an Emergency

By definition, emergencies are unplanned events

That makes being prepared ahead of time all the more important. So, do you know what to do if you or someone you love is experiencing a medical emergency? Do you know what a medical emergency looks like? What about the fastest route to the closest Baylor Scott & White Health emergency room?

Baylor Scott & White Health wants you and your family to be prepared. Learn more about emergency care.


Find an Emergency Room Near You

Learn where the closest Baylor Scott & White Emergency location is.

Preparation is key

Steps you can take to be ready in case you or a family member is ever facing a medical emergency, including a list of potential symptoms that usually mean a trip to the ER.

  • Keep an Updated Emergency Information Form
  • Have Emergency Numbers Available
  • Know Emergency Room Locations
  • Know When to Call 911
  • Be Aware of Emergency Medical Conditions
  • Keep a First Aid Kit

Keep an Updated Emergency Information Form

Download an emergency form template​.

  • T​​​he form should contain: full name, date of birth, height, weight, home address, telephone number, physician(s) contact information, allergies, medical condition, current medications, and at least two emergency contacts with phone numbers.​
  • Have copies readily available by the phone at home, in the car and at work.
  • Distribute to any baby sitters, teachers, relatives or anyone who provides care for a child/loved one.

Have Emergency Numbers Available

Have emergency numbers by all home phones and programmed into cell phones.

  • 911 for medical emergencies
  • Poison control center – 1.800.222.1222

Know Emergency Room Locations

Learn where the closest emergency room is from home, from work/school and if you and your family are traveling.

Know When to Call 911

  • If a heart attack or stroke is suspected, DO NOT DRIVE to the hospital. Call 911 immediately.​
  • Call 911 in the event of a seizure, trauma or if there is any doubt about the seriousness of a medical event.

Be Aware of Emergency Medical Conditions

Be aware of other medical conditions that should be seen in the emergency room immediately.

  • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
  • Coughing up blood
  • Blue or purple color to lips, skin or nail beds
  • Chest or stomach pain or pressure
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
  • Change in mental status (such as loss of consciousness, confusion or trouble waking)
  • Seizures
  • Animal, snake or human bites
  • Severe pain or loss of motion or sensation anywhere in the body
  • Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure
  • Severe burns or burns of the face
  • Broken bones
  • Puncture wounds
  • Head, spinal cord or eye injuries
  • Allergic reaction such as hives; swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or tongue; fainting; or with trouble breathing, swallowing or wheezing

Keep a First Aid Kit

Keep a first aid kit for minor medical problems.

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