What Is a True Medical Emergency?

When should you call 911? Ask yourself the following questions:
  • Is the victim's condition life or limb threatening?
  • Could the victim's condition worsen and become life or limb-threatening on the way to the hospital?
  • Could moving the victim cause further injury?
  • Does the victim need the skills or equipment of paramedics or emergency medical technicians?
  • Would distance or traffic conditions cause a delay in getting the victim to the hospital?

Make the right call. If it is potentially life threatening, or you are in doubt, don't guess, call 911.