National EMS Week 2012 - May 20 to May 26
National Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Week brings together local communities and medical personnel to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine's "front line."
People know when they call 9-1-1 they'll get help, no matter what the circumstances. The theme of this year’s EMS Week, “More Than a Job, A Calling”, reflects the idea that EMS practitioners don't choose this field for its working conditions; they have a true calling to help and care for others in their hour of need.
The week long event includes national and local EMS providers raising public awareness about health and safety issues, including how to prevent injuries and what to do in a medical emergency.
Public Awareness - Injury & Illness Prevention
Public Recognition - Awards & Advances in Local EMS
Public Awareness - What to do in a Medical Emergency
• Call 911 for help immediately if you think someone is in crisis. Don't delay. This includes seizures, shortness of breath, unconsciousness, chest pain, heavy bleeding, severe stomach pain, possible broken bones or poisoning.
• Stay on the phone with the dispatcher. They are trained to help during emergencies. They'll continue asking you questions and can help you stabilize the person until help arrives.
• Keep calm until the ambulance gets there. You need to be level-headed. Reassure the patient and keep their temperature comfortable. Take it one step at a time.
• Talk to the patient to keep them reassured. Ask them questions about themselves. Try to get them into a discussion with you in order to get them focused on something other than their situation. Fear and emotional stress can cause their condition to worsen. Talking will keep their attention directed away from the event itself.
• Make it easy for the ambulance to find you. If there are other family members or friends around, send them to stand on the nearest corner. Turn on all the inside and outside lights if it's night time. Attempt attracting attention to your location to speed the arrival and recognition of the EMS unit.