In Case of an Emergency
Assure your own safety. Do not place yourself in danger. Call 911 .
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.
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
- Difficulty Breathing - choking, blue appearance, struggling for air, wheezing
- Change in Level of Consciousness - stumbling, incoherent, mumbling, dizzy
- Uncontrolled Bleeding - blood spurting, vomiting or coughing up blood, heavy rectal or vaginal bleeding
- Central Injuries - injuries to the head, neck, back, abdomen, or pelvis or inability to walk
Additional Times When 911 / EMS Should Be Called