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What to Do In A Medical Emergency

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.

For more information about Save Your Life: What To Do In A Medical Emergency go to or to purchase the book go to

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5:10PM PDT on Jul 16, 2012

thanks for sharing

11:10AM PST on Dec 14, 2011

yup, call 911 is always the best thing

12:03PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

I've heard about this over and over from Drs show and Dr Oz show. :D Plus I heard from other people that if you drove someone to hospital, that person died, you go to jail cuz you're responsible for his/her death. If you called 911, you die on way to hospital, nothing happens to paramedics cuz they tried to save you. Scary thought!!

1:57PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Thank you. Call 112 in Portugal!

1:17PM PST on Dec 11, 2011

remain calm

12:27AM PST on Dec 11, 2011

Remember that 911 may not be the number for emergency services where you live. Know who to call in an emergency. Practicing and thinking about emergencies makes it easier when the time comes.

9:50AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

(the home is at the end of a very curvy, 5-mile cul-de-sac)
Had to use an ambulance once for a busted ligament in my knee. That was the hardest decision I had to make at that point in my life and I wish I'd just let them go. Cost me over $5000 in charges between the ambulance, the hospital, the cast and a doctor actually throwing me out of his office in mid-appt'. when he & I found out together that my ex had cancelled my insurance illegally.
All they managed to do was immobilize my leg. They did nothing for my pain or disability and actually demanded I find someone to drive me home. It didn't matter to them that I'd just arrived in that town less than a month previous.
Took me 6 yrs, but I paid it off. Next time, I'll just go to Home Depot, buy my own 2X4 and some duct tape.

9:43AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

My husband and I have a home we hope to get back to if we ever can afford health insurance there.The problem is that the town has cancelled its ambulance service and the closest hospital is almost an hour away.
I really don't see any other option than getting one of us into the car, if possible, and try to meet the ambulance en route. (t

12:03AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Thanks for posting.

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