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How should I call for help during a medical emergency?

Brett Snodgrass
Oncology Nursing

Obviously, your first call for help should be to "911".  Remember, and teach your children, to only call this number in emergencies.  An emergency is anything that threatens your life or the life of others. Specifically, how should one call for help?  It has been studied that most of our society no longer pays attention for the cry "help", instead to cry "fire". I would say simply, repeatedly calling for help will get someone's attention. 

In terms of CPR if you are with an adult in an emergency, immediately call "911then proceed to CPR if needed.  If you are with a child, DO NOT leave the child unattended.  Repeatedly call for help, or take the child with you to call for help.

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