A medical emergency is an event that you reasonably believe threatens your or someone else’s life or limb in such a manner that immediate medical care is needed to prevent death or serious impairment of health. A medical emergency includes severe pain, bad injury, a serious illness, or a medical condition that is quickly getting much worse.
To help you decide if you should call 9-1-1 answer these questions (as best you can):
- Is the condition life or limb threatening?
- Could the condition worsen quickly on the way to the hospital?
- If you move the victim, will it cause further injury?
- Does the person need skills or equipment that paramedics or EMT’s carry right away?
- Would distance or traffic cause a delay in getting the person to the hospital?
If the answer is yes to any of these….call 9-1-1.