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       Some citizens are afraid to call 911 because they are unsure whether their medical condition or complaint rises to the level of an emergency. Calling a physician for advice is a good place to start, but physicians aren't always readily available and many will end up telling patients to call 911 anyway.

      There are specific conditions that should not wait for a call back from the family doctor before calling 911. These medical conditions are time sensitive -- waiting too long could have serious consequences, even death. Additionally, there are protocols in place to ease the transition from the ambulance to the hospital emergency department. A family physician will probably not have the tools necessary to treat life-threatening events in his or her office.



 When experiencing one of the following medical conditions, Call 911 immediately:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Bloody diarrhea with weakness
  • Chest pain
  • Coma (unresponsive victim)
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Drug overdose
  • Heart Attack
  • Heat Stroke
  • Sudden slurred speech
  • Stroke
  • Sudden blindness
  • Uncontrolled nosebleed
  • Vomiting blood
  • Weakness
  • Serious Burns
  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Bleeding with weakness (Shock)
  • Broken Bones visible through an open wound
  • Broken leg

It is also very important to know that 911 calls are not specifically for medical conditions.When experiencing one of the following non-medical conditions, Call 911 immediately:

  • Car accidents
  • Missing persons
  • Domestic situations.
  • Escillating verbal altercations.

This is  certainly not an exhaustive list. It's important to understand that emergencies are defined by the victim; if you feel you are having a medical or non-medical emergency, call 911 immediately.

Last changed 02/10/2011 - 12:09pm by rehs@cityofcf