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What should I do if someone has a medical emergency?

 Dr. Kathleen Handal, MD
Emergency Medicine
During a medical emergency, someone should be available to relay instructions if the emergency is not near a phone. It’s also a good idea to check the victim for medical information jewelry and to report findings to the dispatcher. Remain calm and listen carefully -- the dispatcher may give you valuable first-aid instructions for aiding the victim until help arrives. And please, stay on the phone until the dispatcher says it is okay to hang up.

When you call for help, be ready to provide the following information:
  • your name
  • your location
  • description of the emergency
  • number of persons ill or injured
  • your phone number
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