• Ronnie Shalev, MD

Should I Go to the ER?

As an emergency medicine physician, I oftentimes take care of patients that come to the ER inappropriately for non-emergency reasons. In fact, studies have found that at least 30% of all ED visits in the US are non-urgent. To the average person that is mind blowing!

So why did these patients seek emergency care?

  • Convenience- Patients want 24/7 on-demand access to care

  • Inability to get a primary care appointment

  • Non-Physician staff referrals

If you go to an ER, your bill could be more than $5000...you should make sure the ER visit was medically necessary!


  • Chest pain lasting more than 2 minutes

  • Uncontrolled Bleeding

  • Sudden Severe Pain

  • Persistent Vomiting and/or Diarrhea

  • Sudden Dizziness

  • Vomiting/Coughing up Blood

  • Trouble Breathing

  • Major Trauma

  • Serious Burns

  • Confusion/Lethargy

  • Severe Allergic Reactions (with facial or throat swelling, trouble breathing)

  • Loss of Consciousness

  • Weakness/ Trouble Speaking