Posted on May 1, 2013
An emergency is not planned, but anticipating what you’ll need to know during one can help you cope with the stress you may experience. If the medical emergency involves a person who is unconscious, gasping for air or not breathing, experiencing an allergic reaction, having chest pain, having uncontrollable bleeding, or any other symptoms that requires immediate medical attention such as stroke, call 911.
Be prepared to answer the following as clearly as possible when you are connected to the dispatcher:
DO NOT hang up until the dispatcher has all the needed information and tells you to do so.
While you are waiting for emergency services to arrive:
Be prepared to answer the following questions once emergency personnel arrive:
Courtesy of Kaytie Olshefski, RNC, BS, nursing coordinator of Adult Senior Communities in Monroe Township on behalf of Saint Peter’s University Hospital. As part of a multi-year, multi-phase expansion of its Emergency Services, Saint Peter’s has opened the new Dorothy B. Hersh Pediatric Emergency Department, one of the largest pediatric EDs in central New Jersey (Middlesex, Somerset, Mercer, Monmouth, Union counties.)
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