Is it a medical emergency?

It’s critical to recognize the signs of a medical emergency: correctly interpreting and acting on these signs and symptoms may save the life of a loved one – or your own life – one day.

Seek medical attention immediately by calling 911 or your doctor if you experience any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Chest or upper abdominal pain/pressure
  • Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
  • Changes in vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion or changes in mental status, unusual behavior, difficulty walking
  • Any sudden or severe pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Injury resulting in deformity or severe pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings
  • Unusual abdominal pain

For many medical emergencies, delay in seeking immediate care can lead to more serious consequences. If you experience chest pain, DON’T WAIT! Call 9-1-1 immediately. Let the expert emergency team at Eastern Long Island Hospital diagnose and treat you, rather than risk losing valuable treatment time.


F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke.

Face Drooping – Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?

Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.

EMS/Fire Departments:

  • Greenport
  • East Marion
  • Cutchogue
  • Mattituck
  • Orient
  • Plum Island
  • Shelter Island
  • Southold

Vial of Life: ELIH provides medical alert kits giving your local emergency response team lifesaving information about your medical history.

What’s in the kit?

  1. Medical information sheet. (remember to keep it up to date)
  2. Vial of Life container.
  3. Name label for container.
  4. Refrigerator Magnet.
  5. Vial of Life window or door decal. (peel and stick to glass)

To order your “Vial of Life” medical history alert kit, call 631.477.5411.

Download extra "Vial of Life" forms here.