Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Making The Right Call
In cases like heart attacks, dialing 9-1-1 could save your life
Submitted by Phill Bruce, BC Ambulance Service, Chilliwack/Voice file photos
man feels unwell and is short of breath. He calls 9-1-1 and later learns he had a heart attack. Just days later, he is discharged with only minimal damage to his heart. His decision to call 9-1-1 saved his life.
B.C. Ambulance Service is
reminding people that not all people experience heart attacks in the
same way – and many don’t know they are having one until it is too
Chilliwack paramedic Phill Bruce (left) knows what he's talking about when it comes to emergency situations.
If you are having a heart attack BC Ambulance will launch a helicopter to your location so that you will spend a minimal amount of time before getting specialized care at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
Bruce says that as a paramedic he's seen too many cases where patients have waited too long to call 911.
Paramedics are specially
trained and have access to equipment that allows us to diagnose a
heart attack and begin treatment right at the patient’s side,”
explains Bruce. "Before, and upon are arrival at hospital, vital
information is relayed to cardiologist specialist, so they have a
better idea where to start looking for blocked arteries, and can
treat patients faster.”
Remember time is muscle,
delaying treatment is not an option.
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