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.
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