When does it make sense to go to the ER and when do you just wait until you can get to a doctor or clinic? That decision could be the difference between life and death. Watch 5 Things You Need to Know About the ER for a quick look at the kinds of symptoms that should send you to the emergency room.  Also check out a more in depth podcast with  Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, assistant director of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and a great Reader's Digest article with some great inside skinny on the navigating the ER.

Podcast with Dr. Jenice Forde-Baker, assistant director of Emergency Medicine at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center  - with more details about preparing for a trip to the ER and also what media gets right and wrong about Emergency Medicine.