Dr. Troy Madsen explains the 'ABCD' method to help your decision of ambulance or not.">

Oct 19, 2017 — During an urgent medical moment, sometimes it's not clear whether calling an ambulance is necessary, or if getting a ride to the hospital is okay. On today's Health Minute, emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen explains the 'ABCD' method to help your decision of ambulance or not.

Interview

Announcer: The Health Minute, produced by University of Utah Health.

Interviewer: When should you call an ambulance, or when should you just have somebody drive you to the emergency room? Dr. Troy Madsen what's your advice?

Dr. Madsen: The advice I would give would be to think of an ambulance when you think of A, B, C or D. A is airway, B is breathing, C is circulation, D is disability. If whatever is going on affects your airway where your airway is tightening up, if it affects your breathing where you have trouble breathing. If it's a circulation issue where your blood pressure is low, you're light-headed, or you're having severe bleeding, potentially if you're having signs of a heart attack, or D, disability, you have stroke like symptoms, weakness, numbness on one side of your body. Those are all reasons to get in the ambulance, get treatment quickly and get to the ER as fast as possible. No one will fault you if you take an ambulance in just to get the help you need.

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