Medical emergencies - how to recognize them
According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the following are warning signs of a medical emergency:
WHAT TO DO IF SOMEONE NEEDS HELP
Upon arriving at an emergency room, the person will be immediately evaluated. Life- or limb-threatening conditions will be treated first. Persons with conditions that are not life- or limb-threatening may have to wait.
CALL YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY NUMBER (SUCH AS 911) IF:
Blackwell, TH. Emergency Medical Services. In: Marx JA, Hockberger RS, Walls RM, et al, eds. . 7th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2009: chap 190.
Stopping bleeding with direct pressure
Stopping bleeding with a tourniquet
Stopping bleeding with pressure and ice