What do I do for emergency responders?
We recommend:
- Light your location with a porch light.
If possible:
- Send someone to the street to flag down the ambulance.
- Clear a route to the patient; move cars, furniture, plants, etc.
- Close off pets from rescuers; put pets in another part of the house.
- Gather or write down all the patient's medications and allergy information to give to first responders.
- Check to see if the patient has any advance directives (such as Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) orders).
Note the time:
- When did you last talk with the patient?
- How long has the patient had this medical problem?
- If unconscious, how long has it been?

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1. What happens when someone calls 911?
2. What is a true medical emergency?
3. Can't I just drive the patient myself?
4. How can I help in a medical emergency?
5. What do I tell the emergency dispatcher?
6. What do I do until help arrives?
7. What do I do while the ambulance arrives?
8. What do I do for myself and my family?
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