According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, EMS workers will respond to roughly 37 million emergency calls in a given year, and they will treat and transport approximately 28 million people. Emergency medical personnel must quickly assess the accident scene and victim, determine and provide what the patient needs and record their assessments, care and the patient’s response. Victims and bystanders can help make the job of EMS workers easier and more efficient by following the steps below:
1. Stay calm.
2. Provide as much information as possible about the accident scene location using mile markers, intersecting roads, landmarks.
3. Send someone, if possible, to flag down the ambulance or rescue squad so they can locate the scene quicker.
4. Clear the path, if necessary, to the victim.
5. Do not move the victim, unless they are in danger.
6. Keep the victim as calm and comfortable as possible.
7. Provide basic first aid if you are able and willing.
8. Respond completely and honestly to all questions asked by the EMS workers.
9. Take note of significant events such as when a victim loses consciousness, etc.
10. If you have a significant medical history, consider using one of the available apps to record your medical conditions, allergies, medications, etc. Or alternatively, do it the old-school way by writing it down so it is easily accessible in case you are shaken up or unconscious following an accident.
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