PITTSTON TOWNSHIP

AMBULANCE

ASSOCIATION


Our 40th Anniversary Year

1977 - 2017


                                                            WHAT TO DO IN AN EMERGENCY 

Many times, our EMS staff arrives at an emergency to find members of the public unaware of what to do, or uncertain as to specific action principals they should follow. This information is to assist a by stander with certain actions they should follow and become informed of EMS personnel procedures before and after you call 911.

 

WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF FACING AN EMERGENCY:

1)  DO NOT PANIC  Do remain calm. If you panic, you can make a bad situation worse! Remember, you cannot

     change what has happened but you can help with care and possibly change the outcome of the incident.

 2) ENSURE YOU OWN SAFETY.  This is very important!  Whatever the situation, you cannot be of help if you

    become a part of the emergency situation. Evaluate what has happened and determine if is it safe to provide

    aid.

3) PROVIDE ASSISTANCE.  This may include giving first aid and/or calling 911. Seek assistance of others nearby,

    work as a team. This is important if you need to do many things rapidly. You maybe surprised on how others

    will help when asked.  Most persons just need direction on what to do to help.

4) FIRST AID.  Many first aid actions are common sense.  Evaluate the injured or ill person(s) having the medical

    emergency. Take a pulse, check breathing, control bleeding, etc.  Do not move anyone ill or injured unless it

    is to ensure their safety! Make mental notes of the situation events prior to the emergency. 

5) CALL 911.
  Provide as much detail as possible of the emergency, such as problem and current condition of

    the person(s).  If multiple persons are injured, give numbers of those injured. DETAILS ARE IMPORTANT!
 

AFTER YOU CALL 911 - EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARE RESPONDING TO YOUR LOCATION AS RAPIDLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE!  AS YOU WAIT FOR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS TO ARRIVE, FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY 911 DISPATCHERS AND CONTINUE TO PROVIDE CARE.   IF POSSIBLE, HAVE SOMEONE OUTSIDE TO WAIT FOR EMS. 


 

                                                                    
WHEN EMS ARRIVES

1) ASSIST EMS.  Depending on the emergency, responding EMS staff may need to provide care rapidly.  In any

    situation, provide as much information as you know about what has happened, what has occurred since you

    called 911 and what care you have provided.

2) THE PATIENT.  Upon arrival, EMS providers will focus on the care of the ill or injured. The patient will be

    asked questions on their injury, illness or medical problem in detail if able to do so. Emergency Medical Care

    is provided in a detailed and specific manner consistent with medical protocol.  Family members will be

    asked to provide information on the patient such as medications, etc.      

3) TRANSPORT.  The patient will be taken to the hospital of their choice, unless determined medically

    necessary by EMS providers or directed by an Emergency room physician to divert to another hospital

    emergency department for specialized care, such as major traumas, etc.  One family member is permitted to

    ride as a front passenger in the ambulance.  Other members of a family going to a hospital ARE NOT to follow

    the ambulance closely or disregard traffic signals or stop signs.  Safety is everyones concern and the EMS

    staff will radio for police assistance to stop any such activity of vehicles violating traffic laws.