When to Call an Ambulance
When should you call an ambulance instead of driving
to the emergency department? Ask yourself the following questions:
Is the victim's condition life-threatening?
Could the victim's condition worsen and become life-threatening on
the way to the hospital?
moving the victim cause further injury?
the victim need the skills or equipment of paramedics or emergency
distance or traffic conditions cause a delay in getting the victim
to the hospital?
If the answer to
any of these questions is "yes," or if you are unsure, it's best to
call an ambulance. This is true even though you can sometimes get to
the hospital faster by driving than by calling an ambulance.
Paramedics and emergency medical technicians communicate with the
physician in the emergency department by radio. They are trained to
begin medical treatment on the way to the hospital. This prevents
any delay that could occur if the patient is driven to the emergency
department. The ambulance can also alert the emergency department of
the patient's condition in advance.
Call 911 for
emergency medical services, fire, and police. When you call for
help, speak calmly and clearly. Give your name, the address, phone
number, location of victim (such as upstairs in the bedroom), and
nature of the problem. If you are calling from the phone that you
need help to respond to, the dispatcher will have your address and
phone number. If you are calling from a different phone number then
where the help needs to respond to, let the dispatcher know. Don't
hang up until the dispatcher tells you to. They may need additional
information or need to give you instructions.