Coming to the ER

When emergencies happen, the Emergency Room at North Kansas City Hospital is ready. Knowing when to come to the ER and what to bring with you can ease your mind.

Cliff Weith, DO, explains when it's appropriate to visit the ER.

When to Come

Don't wait. Come to the ER if you or someone you know is experiencing a medical emergency, such as:

  • Chest pain or stroke symptoms
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Serious injuries or burns
  • Broken bones
  • Knife or gun wound
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Face or eye trauma

If you believe you are having a heart attack, do not drive yourself to the ER. Always call 911. Life-saving care begins in the ambulance, and EMS workers will notify the Emergency Room of your condition en route to the Hospital.

What to Bring

  • An accurate list of the medications you take, including over-the counter and supplements; also know how much you take of each
  • A list of medication allergies
  • A responsible adult to drive you home
  • A copy of any recent medical test results or reports from other facilities
  • Contact information for your primary care doctor and any other healthcare providers who should receive reports from your ER visit

Questions? Call the Emergency Department at 816-691-2098.

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