When calling an ambulance, determine the following:
- nature of the problem
- is the victim conscious or unconscious?
- is the victim breathing or not?
First Aid For Emergencies
Follow these steps until medical help arrives. These tips do not take the place of first aid training.
9-1-1 Operators are trained to give first aid and CPR instructions over the phone until emergency personnel arrive at your location.
NOTE: Keep a first aid kit where anyone can find it easily. Store it out of children’s reach and renew supplies regularly.
Loss of consciousness may be life threatening if the person is on his or her back and the tongue has dropped to the back of the throat, blocking the airway. Place unconscious people in the recovery position (laying on their side) with the head extended to help keep the airway open.
Caution: Do not move the person if there are any signs of injury.
Influenza is an infection of the lungs and airways caused by a virus. It usually affects people in Alberta from November until April. You can protect yourself and keep it from spreading by taking some precautions.
To limit the spread of germs and prevent infection
- Wash your hands often, using plenty of soap and warm water. If not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or, if necessary, cough into your sleeve.
- Stay away from others as much as possible when sick.
- Stay home from work and school if you become sick.
- Get an annual flu shot.
More Information: Alberta's Emergency Plan for Pandemic Influenza