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
- Severe abdominal pain
- 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.