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Defined: Life Threatening Emergencies

16 September 2011

The following are signs and symptoms of life-threatening emergencies:

    • Respiratory distress or cessation of breathing
    • Severe chest pains
    • Shock
    • Uncontrolled bleeding
    • Choking
    • Poisoning
    • Prolonged unconsciousness
    • Overdose
    • Severe Burns
    • Any complaint or observation which indicates head or spinal cord injury

If the person is not breathing…

    • Get someone to call 911 and the Sheriff’s Department immediately!
    • The first four minutes are critical!
    • Start rescue breathing until responders arrive.
    • See “Suspected Heart Attack and/or Stoppage of Breathing” In this manual.
    • Administer Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation if necessary and if trained to do so.

Filed under: Emergencies

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