FROM THE DESK OF MEDIC 172 – ST. MARY EMS
Are you prepared for a medical emergency?
- Do you know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack or a stroke?
- Do you have a list of your medications, both prescription and over the counter on a sheet of paper you can give to emergency personnel? Your list should include: The name of the medication, the dosage of the medication, the time you take it, and what you take it for.
- Do you know the address where you are? Please make sure your house numbers are visible from the street, well lit, and are at least 3-4 inches tall on the outside of your home.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency:
MINUTES MATTER — Please call 9-1-1
Our crews are prepared to begin lifesaving treatment and will be in contact with the Emergency Room for you. Do not drive to the ambulance, fire house, or the hospital. If you are experiencing symptoms while driving, please do not continue to drive; please pull your car over and call for help.
If you find yourself at the firehouse, there are doorbells at the front and rear entrances for you to ring to alert members you are there. However, the ambulance my not be in the station, so please also call 9-1-1.
Once you activate 9-1-1, Remain Calm, the Dispatchers will give you instructions over the phone on what to do until help arrives.
Below is a brief description of Stroke and Heart Attack symptoms. This is not a complete list. For a complete list please contact your doctor, St. Mary Medical Center or the American Heart Association.
Warning signs of a STROKE
Time to call 9-1-1
Warning signs of a Heart Attack
Chest pain or pressure which lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
Shortness of breath
Body discomfort: Arm pain or jaw pain
Nausea or vomiting