When you or someone you know well doesn’t feel right, it might be time to think about contacting a physician or other health professional for advice. Sometimes we don’t feel well, but others who know us well may be the first to notice a change. With children, for instance, mothers may notice that the child is eating less and sleeping more even though the child does not complain about being sick.
In order to be prepared for health emergencies, every home should have a list of numbers located near the telephone. These numbers should be easy to read and include the following: a reminder that 911 is for all emergencies (ambulance, fire, police); a doctor or a nurse who knows you and wants you to call when you need advice; or a close family member or friend to be called when you need help.
When calling a health professional (physician or nurse) it is extremely important to communicate the reason for your call and to clearly identify the signs and symptoms of the individual’s illness or injury. If you are calling for yourself or for a friend, there are certain things that must be communicated and these are identified on the list that follows. The list can be printed and used as a reminder of all the things to tell the health practitioner. It is so easy to forget what you should say in these stressful situations.
Tell the operator, Who you are; Where you are; What is happening; When it started; and stay on the phone until help arrives or the dispatcher (the person who answers the 911 call) says to hang up.
If the person appears sick, these are some things to remember:
If the individual appears to be hurt or injured, the following things should be relayed to the person taking your call:
Last updated on June 17th, 2010