When Do You Need An Ambulance?
Call an Ambulance when Someone Is:
- Having trouble breathing or breathing strangely.
- Unconscious, having seizures or appears inappropriately drowsy.
- Having chest pain or discomfort; the chest pain may or may not spread to the arms, neck and jaw.
- Experiencing pain in the neck or back after a recent injury.
- Having trouble speaking, slurred speech, blurry vision or appears confused.
- Experiencing tingling, numbness or inability to move the arms or legs.
- Experiencing persistent pain in the abdomen or is vomiting or passing blood.
- Suffering from an injury to the ankle, knee or hip that would be made worse by being moved.
When You Call 911 the Dispatcher Will Ask You:
- The exact location of the emergency.
- Symptoms of the person who needs help.
- Your name and the number from which you are calling.
- To stay on the phone until the dispatcher hangs up first.
Before the Ambulance Arrives:
- Make sure everyone stays safe.
- Turn the porch light on, unlock the front door and put pets in a closed room.
- If possible, have someone meet the ambulance in front of the building—especially if the location is hard to find.
- Do not move an injured person unless absolutely necessary.
The Ambulance Crew Will Want to Know:
- What happened, when it happened, has it happened before.
- Patient’s age, medical history, medicines taken, allergies.