Common RED flags;

  • Abnormal ECG
  • Abnormal vital signs
  • Hypotension SBP <90 mmHg
  • Bradycardia <50 bpm
  • O2 saturation <94%
  • History of cardiac disease
  • CHF
    • Structural
    • Ischemia
    • Arrhythmia
  • Anemia
  • Hematocrit <30% or Hemoglobin <9g/dL
  • Older age >60 years

Your Doctor Likely Orders More Tests Than You Actually Need


When you’re rushed to an emergency room, the doctors immediately order a battery of tests to figure out what’s wrong. But while scans and blood draws can tell them an incredible amount about what’s ailing you and the best treatment you should get, study after study shows that all of this testing isn’t actually leading to better care.