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Emergency FAQ’s

If I have chest pain, does it mean i’m having a heart attack?

Chest pain can certainly be a symptom of a critical life-threatening emergency. If you are experiencing any chest pain, you need to Dial 911 or contact a professional healthcare provider. There are many causes of chest pain some of which can be an immediate life threat. The only way to determine if your chest pain is life-threatening or some other cause, is by having a thorough exam at a medical facility.

Please see the following links for more information:

WebMd – What’s Causing my Chest Pain

AHA – Warning Signs of a Heart Attack


Can the Paramedics tell me if i am having a heart attack?

Absolutely Not. Paramedics are highly trained medical professionals who are trained to identify the symptoms of a heart attack. However, in order to receive a definitive diagnosis and prompt treatment, you must be seen at a medical facility. The symptoms of a heart attack can be so different from person to person, it is impossible to determine from exam alone if your chest pain is a heart attack or some other cause. If you are experiencing any chest pain, immediately dial 911 or contact a professional healthcare provider.


I’ve accidentally cut myself. Do I need an ambulance?

Many lacerations can be handled at home. Minor lacerations which have stopped bleeding, or are only on the surface of the skin may be handled at home with thorough cleaning with soap and water and covered with a dry sterile dressings such as an adhesive type bandage. If the laceration is deep into the skin or you are unable to stop the bleeding, you need to call 911 for help. If you are having any other symptoms associated with the bleeding such as dizziness, lightheadedness, weakness, or feelings of your “heart beating out of your chest”, you need to immediately call 911 for assistance.


What’s up with that hard board you all put people on?

A backboard is a common piece of equipment used by Emergency Medical Professionals. We agree it is slightly uncomfortable, but it is a necessary treatment in some emergency situations. The Long Spine Board (backboard) is used as a type of really big splint for the spine. If the Emergency Medical Technician feels you may have injured your spine, he/she may place you on a backboard as well as stabilize your head and neck with a rigid collar and head blocking in order to to keep your spine in alignment and from becoming even more injured. Further injury to a spinal injury could potentially lead to permanent paralysis. The short time of discomfort, is certainly worth a lifetime of movement. 


Why do you have to start IV’s all the time, THEY HURT?

Many medical conditions require immediate intervention through direct access into the bloodstream. Interventions such as medication administration and fluid replacement. More often, we start IV’s as a precautionary measure. There are alot of signs and symptoms which may seem like nothing, but as highly trained medical professionals, we realize they may be a sign of something much more life threatening. Though they may not be immediately life threatening, they could be a sign of something very bad to come. Therefore, we rather be prepared in case something life-threatening should happen.