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When should you drive to the hospital or call an ambulance?

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When you or someone you care about are hurt or fall sick, you may not know whether to take them to the doctor yourself, or call an ambulance. Here’s what you need to know to decide whether you should take your own transport or call for help.

The first thing to consider is the severity of the situation. The biggest question is,  is it a life-threatening situation?

HERE’S HOW TO KNOW YOU SHOULD CALL AN AMBULANCE

  • Change in skin colour or skin condition (cold, clammy, etc.)
  • Does the person have Difficulty breathing
  • Is the person experiencing excessive pain
  • Is there heavy bleeding that is not stopping? If the person is losing blood quickly, calling an ambulance is your best bet
  • If you can see a large bruise or other obvious injuries, this may be life threatening
  • Is there  a serious head, neck, or back injury? These are sensitive parts of the body and injuries to these need extra care for transportation
  • Seizures
  • Unconsciousness

YOU CAN DRIVE TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF:

  • The condition isn’t life threatening
  • You can get to a hospital quickly
  • Moving the person will not lead to more harm
  • Their condition will not worsen quickly

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Whether you are driving or calling an ambulance, be prepared by organizing your medical information. Create an Emergency Profile and list the names and contact information for your regular doctors, chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma and medications in your Cenhealth account where they can sit in one place.


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