In a medical emergency it’s crucial to receive immediate medical assistance. When you’re faced with a life-threatening situation, making a decision as simple as whether to drive to the emergency room or call for an ambulance can be overwhelming. Many people think hoping in the car and speeding to the nearest emergency room is fastest, but calling an ambulance when it matters can save a life.
First off, if you are the one that needs the medical care and are too sick or hurt to drive yourself safely, obviously the right decision is to call for an ambulance. Secondly, if the injury or illness for someone else is a true emergency, the first responders and the tools available within the ambulance could save their life.
The America College of Emergency Physicians has prepared a list of guidelines to help you make that decision; car or ambulance. Ask yourself these questions. If you answer “yes” to any of them, call an ambulance.
- Does the condition seem life threatening?
- Could it get worse and become life threatening on the way to the hospital?
- Will you get delayed in traffic?
- If you try to move the person, will it likely lead to more harm?
An ambulance ride provides more than a fast trip to the ER. The paramedics or emergency medical technicians (EMTs) on board can provide pain relief and IV fluids, as well as stabilize injuries. Dialing 9-1-1 is often the fastest and safest way to transport a person experiencing a medical emergency. The experienced staff at Cypress Creek emergency room in Spring, TX are available 24/7 to tend to you in a medical emergency.