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Should I call 9-1-1 in an emergency, even if I can't give care?

Always call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number to alert emergency personnel, even if you decide not to give care.
Dr. Elif E. Oker, MD
Medical Toxicology
Yes. The 9-1-1 operator will direct you on what you can do to provide assistance. This may include how to give first aid, assist some one who may be having a heart attack or a breathing emergency. There are even media reports of 9-1-1 operators providing instructions on how to deliver a baby. When in doubt it is always better to call 9-1-1.

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