Calling an ambulance can save your life

Behind-the-scenes look at how calling 911 starts life-saving care when someone is having a stroke.

Medical experts stress the importance of calling 911 if you think you are having a stroke. Unfortunately, research has found that about one-third of people experiencing symptoms do not arrive by ambulance or air ambulance.

But did you know that the paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are in constant communication with the emergency department while en route to the hospital?

Patients who arrive by ambulance not only have expert medical attention during their transport but also experience shorter pre-hospital and in-hospital delays. This is the result of communication between medical professionals in the ambulance with nurses and physicians at the hospital who are awaiting the patient’s arrival.

See firsthand how it works. Follow medical professionals in the field as they receive a call about someone experiencing the signs of a stroke. Watch how paramedics, EMTs, physicians and nurses move the patient through the process of diagnosis and transport to Norton Brownsboro Hospital, a Comprehensive Stroke Center.

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