Sometimes it is difficult to know whether your problem is serious or not. Here are just a few examples* of when you require emergency medical care - and you should call 911 or go to an emergency department.
When you are experiencing pains or tightness in the chest
When you have severe pain
When you have shortness of breath
When a person is choking or having difficulty breathing
When you think you may have fractured or broken a bone, or have a wound that may need stitches
When you have sudden, severe headaches, vision problems, sudden weakness, numbness and / or tingling in the face, arm or leg, trouble speaking, or dizziness
If your child has diarrhea and vomiting and won't eat or drink
When a baby under six month has a fever over 101°F
*If you have any doubts, call 911. The ambulance will take you to the appropriate emergency department.
When You Call 911
The ambulance can't help you if they can't find you
Stay calm - give clear information
Clear a path to the patient - move furniture, unlock doors
If possible have someone meet the ambulance
Be sure your house number is clearly visible from the street
If you live in a house - turn on the outside lights at night
If you live in an apartment - try to meet the ambulance at the lobby door and have the elevator ready
Do not move the patient, unless life is threatened
What to do
Be prepared to answer the following questions related to the patient's condition:
In Webster, call the emergency number 911 for medical emergencies. Be sure to state your name, address of the emergency and phone number from where you are calling.