When to call the ambulance?

Knowing when to call an ambulance is critical to working with children. Call an ambulance if the: –

  • Child is unconscious, semi-conscious or unusually confused.
  • Child’s airway is blocked.
  • Child is not breathing.
  • Child is having difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or is choking.
  • Child has no pulse.
  • Child has bleeding that won’t stop.
  • Child is coughing up or vomiting blood.
  • Child has been poisoned.
  • Child has a seizure for the first time, a seizure that lasts more than 5 minutes, or an atypical seizure.
  • Child has injuries to the head, neck or back.
  • Child has sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body.
  • Child’s condition is limb-threatening (for example, severe eye injuries, amputations or other injuries that may leave the child permanently disabled unless he/she receives immediate care.)
  • Child’s condition could worsen or become life-threatening on the way to the hospital if not transported by ambulance.
  • Movement the child could cause further injury.
  • Child needs the skills or equipment of paramedics.
  • Distance or traffic conditions would cause a delay in getting the child to the hospital.

The cost of the ambulance will be invoiced to the service. You should make families aware of your processes for covering this cost either through service ambulance cover or at the expense of the family.