Here is why you should call 9-1-1 immediately whenever you think it’s an emergency:
- When you call 9-1-1, the responding Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) will monitor you. If you stop breathing or your heart stops beating, they will give you emergency treatment on the way to the hospital.
- They also will notify the emergency room staffs of your condition, so when you arrive they will know you need immediate treatment.
- Calling 9-1-1 is the safest and fastest way to get medical care. Remember, car accidents are more likely to happen when family or friends are trying to rush you to the hospital.
People Often Ask…
I’ve had many symptoms at one time or another that I worried could be an emergency. How will I know when to call 9-1-1?
The Answer Is…
Everyone knows how his or her own body normally feels. When your body starts to feel very unusual or strange, don’t try to diagnose the symptoms on your own. Call 9-1-1 immediately. For example, if you experience a sudden onset of extreme fatigue, or any other symptoms that you’ve never felt before, don’t ignore it. Call 9-1-1. It could be a heart attack.
The Center for 9-1-1 Says: Make the right call. If it could be life threatening or you’re not sure, don’t guess…call 9-1-1!
Earlier in this article I mentioned that only 40 percent of Americans know even one symptom of a stroke. Just in case you are one of them, here is what you need to remember to save someone’s life from a stroke. Remember the first letters; they spell the word FAST:
Common Symptoms of Stroke
The National Stroke Association’s “ACT FAST©” list can help you identify the symptoms of a stroke. People with high blood pressure or women on HRT are at more risk:
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Ask them to repeat a phrase. Are the words slurred or strange?
TIME: If the person shows any of these symptoms, time is important because brain cells die every second.