When to call 9-1-1

Medical emergencies happen far more often than you may think. Chances are that you, a close friend or family member will need emergency care during the course of an average year. Because seconds can make a difference, it is important to become familiar with the emergency numbers in your area. If you live in Adams or York Counties in Pennsylvania or Carroll County in Maryland and have a life-threatening emergency or need an ambulance, call 9-1-1.

Life-threatening situations require immediate medical intervention. Call 9-1-1 whenever the following symptoms are involved:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Serious trauma
  • Extensive burns
  • Weakness to one side of the body or difficulty speaking
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Poisoning
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe, unaccustomed headache
  • Chemical injuries

These are only examples, of course; you must use your own judgment to decide if an ambulance is needed.