One should call 9-1-1 whenever it is an emergency situation or one thinks it could be an emergency situation.
- “Don’t hesitate to dial 9-1-1 anytime you encounter a life-threatening situation, or an event in which police, fire or emergency medical help is needed right away. These include, but are not limited to, fires, crimes in progress, serious car accidents with injuries, heart attack or stroke symptoms, abductions, and suspicious activity. If you are unsure of whether your situation is an emergency, go ahead and dial 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 call taker can determine if you need emergency assistance” (http://www.denco.org/faqs, viewed 1-4-2018).
- Only 9-1-1 is necessary to dial within the state of Texas rather than adding a prefix digit, such as 9, for multi-line businesses. (http://www.denco.org/karis-law, viewed 1-4-2018)
- “Starting Sept. 1, 2016, Texas businesses with a multiline telephone system or private branch exchange (MLTS or PBX) must configure their systems to provide direct access to 9-1-1 services without requiring callers to first dial an extra digit to get an outside line. The law also requires all capable systems to notify a central location on site when a 9-1-1 call is placed. In cases where substantial costs are involved to achieve compliance, organizations may file for a one-year waiver by the Sept. 1 deadline” (http://www.denco.org/karis-law, viewed 1-4-2018).
One should not hang up when talking to 9-1-1 until the 9-1-1 operator says that it is OK to hang up the phone.
It is imperative to answer all of the 9-1-1 operator’s questions, particularly one’s address when asked for their location.
If one absolutely cannot speak to 9-1-1, texting might be an option as another way to inform 9-1-1 of an emergency situation, but make sure it is done safely (http://www.denco.org/9-1-1-tips, viewed 1-4-2018)!
Other important 9-1-1 related information can be found here!
Although it is critical to call 9-1-1 in an emergency situation, it is also imperative to know and be able to perform CPR/ first aid in a moment’s notice since it takes some time for 9-1-1 to arrive at the scene. Call 214-704-3891 to schedule your CPR/ first aid class today!
You can also learn about the latest CPR guidelines here!
2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
The American Heart Association publishes its new guidelines for CPR and ECC every five years with yearly updates within the five year intervals; the current guidelines are from 2015.
Key points within the 2015 AHA Guidelines for CPR and ECC
- Heartsaver and healthcare rescuers should perform the CPR compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 per minute.
- BLS and ACLS providers can utilize a maximum compression depth for adult victims of not greater than 2.4 inches if, and only if, he or she is utilizing a feedback device during the CPR performance that monitors compression depth.
- The guidelines now incorporate a CPR assessment sequence for adults, children, and infants that includes the possibility of the CPR rescuer having a cell phone to call 9-1-1.
- Full recoil from a chest compression is clarified by not having any pressure on the chest from one chest compression to the next chest compression.
- There is a greater emphasis on the team approach with it being fully learned and practiced within the class for the BLS provider.
- Advanced airway rescue breaths are only provided at a rate of 1 breath every 6 seconds.
- Other guidelines as well!
- Schedule your Heartsaver CPR/ AED/ first aid class for non-healthcare providers or BLS/ ACLS class(es) for healthcare providers; call 214-704-3891 to schedule your class today!
Learn about 9-1-1 here!