There are many ways that Ambulance Services are used and the benefits include getting prompt. lifesaving treatment. Most people do not put a lot of thought into how they would be transported to the hospital or other medical facilities, when a serious medical situation arises. We all know to first dial 911. This starts the process of getting the nearest ambulance service to the scene. While on the phone with the 911 operator, the call will go out and you can be assured that help is on the way. Many times, more than one emergency service will pick up the call and respond.
Firefighters and paramedics are both considered first responders. You may hear different sirens approaching and should not be alarmed if the Fire Department gets to you first. Firefighters also have to be Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), so they are qualified to give first aid and CPR to those in need. They will stay with you until the ambulance arrives. Once there, a paramedic will take charge of your care and determine if your condition is life threatening and will start the proper treatment. There are different levels of care provided by EMS (emergency medical service) workers.
Ambulances come equipped with basic first aid treatments and also with many advanced lifesaving equipment and medications. They are ready to administer care to infants and adults alike. You will never be left alone from the time you are picked up until you are in the care of the Emergency Room Department. The paramedic will monitor your condition continuously and when you arrive at the hospital, they will give a full report to the doctor on your condition. In addition to the information received from the paramedic, you will be asked questions about your general health, medications you may be taking and also appropriate blood work and other test may be performed.
Many hospitals are also able to receive patients by medical helicopters.
Helicopters are used to transport patients from trauma scenes or may be used to transport patients to a different hospital, which may be better equipped to handle the situation.
Most of the time, family members will be asked to meet their loved one at the Emergency Department. There are certain instances where a family member will be allowed to ride along in the ambulance. It is very important for those driving to the hospital not to follow behind the ambulance. You should try to stay as calm as possible and realize that your loved one is in the care of trained personnel.
Many times, patients may be hesitant to call 911 and be taken by ambulance to the hospital. Some may even want to drive themselves or call a family member. It is always helpful to have a family member who is aware of your medical history and any medications you may be taking. Things can happen quickly and can be very stressful during a medical emergency. This is a time when things can spiral out of control and even those who love you the most can feel helpless. Having EMS workers on the scene can be very comforting rather you are alone or have someone with you.
There are many advantages when you are in the care of EMS workers.
Going by ambulance to the hospital means that you have someone able to articulate your specific condition from the time of onset to the present to the doctor in charge of your care.
Choosing to travel by ambulance to the hospital may make the difference in getting timely, proper medical attention for you or your loved one.