Do You Know What To Do In An Emergency?
When an ambulance is needed...Call 676-1000 in Glen Cove (or 911)
When the dispatcher anwsers telephone tell them that "There is an emergency.."
Give the dispatcher the following information:
- Nature of emergency
- Name, location, including nearest cross streets and how to get there if it is a hard place to find.
- Any other information requested by the dispatcher
DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL THE DISPATCHER HANGS UP!
NOTE: In a life-threatening emergency, the first reaction is to call the family physician or a member of the family. Often they can not be reached and valuable time can be lost. CALL THE AMBULANCE FIRST, then if you wish, try your family physician.
Prepare for the Arrival of Ambulance:
Have your street number displayed brightly on your house and/or have someone at the entry or at the road to show the way to your house. Have proper door open for the emergency medical technicians to enter immediately and have the lights on in and outside the house. Gather all of the patient's medication containers together to take to the hospital. Alert someone to your needs:
- The need to care for children, house pets, etc.
- The need to drive you to the hospital
- The need to drive you home from the hospital if you are accompanying the patient in the ambulance
When the Ambulance Arrive at the Scene:
Tell them what had happened and any other important information you may know about what happened. Show them to the location of the patient. The police may also arrive on the scene. Be prepared to give name, address, age, birthday, social security number and other information to the arriving help. You will be asked by the delegated EMT about the patient's: Medical History; Medications prescribed and if taken; Allergies the patient may have; Name of patient's physician; If an injury, what caused it, and other vital information needed to evaluate the emergency and to help proper care of the patient.