It is critical to remember that dialing 9-1-1 may be the most important step you can take to save a life.
If someone besides you is present, they should dial 9-1-1 immediately. If you’re alone with the victim, try to call for help prior to starting CPR on an adult and after a minute on a child.
Before we learn what to do in an emergency, we must first emphasize what NOT to do:
DO NOT leave the victim alone.
DO NOT try make the victim drink water.
DO NOT throw water on the victim's face.
DO NOT prompt the victim into a sitting position.
DO NOT try to revive the victim by slapping his face.
Provide 9-1-1 operator with: Location & phone number Type of emergency Victim's condition and age
Always remember to exercise solid common sense. When faced with an emergency situation we may act impulsively and place ourselves in harm's way. Although time should not be wasted, only approach the victim after determining that the scene is safe: always check for cars, fire, gas, downed electrical lines, and any other potential hazards before attempting to perform CPR