How You Can Help
After you have called 9-1-1, there are some things you can do before help arrives:
If you determine that the patient doesn't have a pulse and is not breathing, begin cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but only if you have been trained in this life-saving technique. All of the dispatchers at Porter County Dispatch are certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers and can provide CPR instructions over the phone until the Paramedics arrive.
If possible, gather all of the medication the patient may be taking. This will help the emergency service providers better determine the medical history of the patient.
If possible, move all furniture or obstacles out of the way so that the Paramedics have easy access to the patient. Secure pets in another area of the house.
If possible, assist the arriving Paramedics by turning on the outside lights and having someone standing at the curb to direct them. This is especially important in multi-unit buildings or remote locations.
Stay calm. This will reassure the patient that help is on the way.