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What should I do when I call 911?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are some common mistakes to avoid when calling 911. In this video, Dr. Oz and Gigi Smith discuss the three biggest mistakes made when calling for help.


When you call 911, the most important thing to do is to remain as calm as possible. The emergency dispatcher will ask details about the 5 W's: what, where, who, when and perhaps why. Be as concise and clear in your responses as possible to best help those in danger or need.

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