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Your Role In The EMS System
Transcript of Your Role In The EMS System
The system begins when someone like you recognizes that an emergency exist and decides to take action, like calling 911!
When you call 911, the EMS dispatcher or call taker answers the call and uses the information that you give them to determine what help will be needed. Emergency personal will then be sent to the scene. They will then be transported to the hospital where the ER personal will take over.
Recognize that an emergency exists:
You should look for:
Unusual noises- Screaming, moaning, yelling or calls for help.
Unusual sights- A stopped vehicle on the roadside or a car that has run off the road.
Unusual odors- Odors that are stronger than usual.
Unusual appearances or behavior- Unconsciousness, confusion, drowsiness, or unusual behavior.
When You Call 911
Your Role In The EMS System
When The System Begins
Your role in the EMS system includes four basic steps
Step #1- Recognize that an emergency exists
Step #2- Decide to act
Step #3- Activate the EMS system
Step #4- Give care until help takes over
Decide to act:
Once you recognize that an emergency has occurred, you must decide how to help and what to do. There are many ways you can help in an emergency, but in order to help, you must act.
When you are faced with an emergency, this might bring out some mixed feelings.
People react differently in emergencies. Some people are afraid or doing the wrong thing and making things worse.
Most emergencies happen in or near home so you are more than likely be finding yourself giving care to a family member or a friend.
Activate the EMS system:
Activating the EMS system by calling 911 or the local emergency number is the most important step you can take in an emergency.
Some areas are still without access to 911. Instead they have local emergency number.
When your call is answered the call taker will ask for your phone number, address, location, and questions to determine if police is needed or not (You should not hang up before the call taker does so).
Give care until help takes over:
In general, you should give the appropriate care to a person in an emergency medical situation. You don't want to stop until-
You see an obvious sign of life, such as breathing.
Another trained responder or EMS personal takes over.
You are too exhausted to continue.
The scene becomes unsafe.
People have rights to decide what can and cannot be done with their bodies. They have the legal right to accept or refuse emergency care.
Chapter 1: Before Giving Care and Checking an Injured or Ill Person
Medical emergencies can happen everyday, in any setting. People are injured in situations like falls or motor-vehicle accidents, or they develop sudden illness, such as heart attack or stroke.