Jul 19, 2021

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.

updated: July 19, 2021
originally published: October 19, 2017

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