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Medical Emergency

Handling a medical emergency

Immediately call 911 and tell the dispatcher about the person who needs attention:

  • Gender
  • Approximate age
  • Nature of injury or illness
  • Pertinent medical history (if known)
  • Precise location

Do not move an injured person — unless there is immediate danger of further harm — until emergency medical personnel arrive.

  • Keep the person warm.
  • If possible, designate someone to direct emergency responders from the approach to the victim.
  • If appropriately trained, give first aid until emergency medical personnel arrive and take over care of the victim.

For more information on medical emergencies, see: