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Calling for Help – Updated

The goal of first aid intervention is to recognize when help is needed and how to get it. This goal includes learning how and when to access the EMS system (9-1-1), how to activate the on-site emergency response plan, and how to contact the Poison Control Center (1-800-222-1222).

Providing care for someone who is ill or injured should not usually delay calling for more advanced care if needed. However, if the first aid provider is alone with an injured or ill person and there are imminent threats to life involving the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation), then basic care-such as opening an airway or applying pressure to the site of severe bleeding-should be provided before leaving the victim to activate the emergency response system or phone for help (EMS or 9-1-1).

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