your own safety. Do not place yourself in danger.
Do not move the patient unless his/her
location presents an immediate threat to their life...e.g.: patient is in the
water, a fire is burning in the building or vehicle, or there is no way to
protect the patient from harm in their current location.
If the patient is not breathing or does not
have a pulse, begin rescue breathing and/or CPR. If you have not been trained
in these important skills, contact Harper County EMS or your local American
Heart Association chapter.
If the patient is bleeding, apply a clean
bandage, if available. If bleeding continues apply additional dressings over
the existing bandage. If possible elevate the injury and apply direct pressure
to the wound.
When is the right time to call 911:
If a person or yourself exhibits any of the
below symptoms EMS should be called.
Chest Pain/Heart Problems
chest pain radiating to neck, jaw, arm or back.
choking, blue appearance, struggling for air, wheezing.
Change in level of Consciousness
stumbling, incoherent, mumbling, dizzy.
blood spurting, vomiting or coughing up blood, heavy rectal or vaginal
injuries to the head, neck, back, abdomen or pelvis or inability to walk.
In addition 911 / EMS should be called for:
Motor Vehicle Crashes: Involving Injuries
Burns or Poisonings
Sudden Severe Illness