Should I have called an ambulance?

How do you know if I should call an ambulance?

Medical emergencies can include:

  • loss of consciousness.
  • an acute confused state.
  • fits that are not stopping.
  • chest pain.
  • breathing difficulties.
  • severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.
  • severe allergic reactions.
  • severe burns or scalds.

When should you not call EMS?

An emergency is any serious medical problem (chest pain, seizure, bleeding), any type of fire (business, car, building), any life-threatening situation (fights, person with weapons, etc.) or to report crimes in progress. Do not dial 911 for a non-emergency.

At what point would you send a bystander to call for an ambulance?

If an adult is unresponsive and not breathing normally, you need to call 999 or 112 for emergency help and start CPR straight away.

When should adults call EMS?

When encountering a person who is unresponsive, barely breathing, or not breathing quickly, call 911/EMS.

Should you always call for emergency medical assistance?

The bottom line: Trust your instincts. If you are seriously worried, administer First Aid and get medical help quickly. If you are dealing with an emergency that involves a particularly vulnerable person, for example an elderly person, baby or very young child and you are seriously concerned – always call an ambulance.

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When should you call EMS before or after CPR?

Call for help immediately, preferably while assessing the victim (pulse and breathing). Alone with no cell phone: Leave victim to activate EMS and get AED before CPR UNLESS an unwitnessed collapse of an infant or child. Give 2 minutes of CPR then activate EMS/get AED. Alone with cell phone: Activate EMS first.

Should you call an ambulance before CPR?

If the person is unconscious and not breathing; If an adult, start CPR straight away, if a baby or child do a minute’s CPR (starting with 5 rescue breaths) and then phone for an ambulance.

When assessing an incident you may need to call for help give a few examples of when you may need to do this?

Seek medical help immediately if you notice that someone has any of the above signs of shock. If they do, you should: call 999 as soon as possible and ask for an ambulance.


  • pale, cold, clammy skin.
  • sweating.
  • rapid, shallow breathing.
  • weakness and dizziness.
  • feeling sick and possibly vomiting.
  • thirst.
  • yawning.
  • sighing.