Call 911 for emergencies!
The ambulance personnel initiate
treatment and maintain breathing while transporting
patients to St. Andrews. Many people feel they can
get their loved one to the hospital before the ambulance
can get to the house. But ambulance service is important
not so much for speed as for the interventions the ambulance
personnel can accomplish en route.
If a family member is driving a sick passenger and
he or she passes out and their airway closes, what is
the driver to do? Stop the car and open the airway,
or keep driving and compromise the oxygenation of the
brain? If the passenger goes into cardiac arrest, will
the driver know what to do? The ambulance staff can
start CPR in the home of the patient or on the road,
and CPR may continue en route to the hospital uninterrupted.
If a patient is in a car and is not breathing, the nurses
spend valuable time trying to extricate the patient
and get them into the emergency department before treatment
can even begin. Time equals brain function or heart
function if oxygen is lacking to either of these organs.
Call the ambulance—they are there to help!