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How Non-Emergency Ambulances Work

Ambulances are always associated with emergencies, but that's not all they do—not even most of what they do. There are non-emergency ambulances, too. We all know that ambulances respond to 911 calls, rushing down the street with sirens wailing...

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How Paramedics Choose Where to Take You

Paramedics put people in ambulances and take them to hospitals every day. How do the paramedics decide which hospital is the correct one? If you need emergency medical services and an ambulance arrives, you may assume that you will be taken to your...

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Calling for Help

Help first responders aid you and others best with this advice on who to call during an emergency, when to call, and what to do as you wait for assistance.

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Can Paramedics and Doctors Honor Medical Tattoos?

Tattooing a medical condition or DNR directive on your body may not be the best idea. Learn why doctors and paramedics may not see or follow it. There's a growing trend of tattoos that are intended to replace the use of medical jewelry in emergency...

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Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders

DNR orders are unique in medicine, making CPR the only medical intervention that requires an order not to administer it. A do not resuscitate (DNR) order is the order for healthcare providers not to perform CPR on a patient with cardiac arrest. DNR...

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Medical Consent for First Aid and CPR

Before you help someone in an emergency, you must obtain consent. Learn the rules for medical consent that affect rescuers. There's an assumption that everyone who needs help wants it, but that's not always true. In order to care for someone in...

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Can You Call 911 for Someone in Another State?

When calling emergency services in another state, here are some things you should know. Learn how landlines and cell phones differ when calling 911. If you're in California and chatting with your Aunt Sally in Colorado when she suddenly complains of...

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Is It Illegal to Call 911 for a Non-Emergency?

Each state has different penalties for 911 misuse, but in most cases, abuse can lead to jail time and stiff fines. Calling 911 for any purpose other than to report a true emergency could result in criminal penalties. Each state has different...

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What Is the Purpose of Good Samaritan Laws?

Good Samaritan laws are designed to protect the general public from undue liability during good faith rescue and first aid attempts. In a litigious society, there can be a reluctance to help out in emergency situations. Fear of liability for any...

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Do All States Have Good Samaritan Laws?

Good Samaritan laws initially were intended to protect physicians and others with medical training but have since expanded. Basically, the answer is yes. However, it's not that simple.Good Samaritan laws protect caregivers from prosecution for...

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Understanding How 911 Works

Learn how 911 works and debunk misconceptions about the service and how it actually helps people. 911 is still very young compared to other emergency services. Firefighting has been around in the US since the late 1600s and law enforcement is as old...

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