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If I am with an injured person, when do I call 9-1-1 before giving care?

Call first (call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number before giving care) situations are likely to be cardiac emergencies, where time is a critical factor.



Call First (call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number before giving care) for:

  • Any adult or child about 12 years of age or older who is unconscious.
  • A child or an infant who you witnessed suddenly collapse.
  • An unconscious child or infant known to have heart problems.
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