What can I do until help arrives?
There are a few things you can do to help the ill or injured person(s) while you are waiting for help to arrive:
1) Stay calm and reassure the patient that help is on the way.
2) Do what the 911 emergency dispatcher tells you to do. You may also be instructed to perform some basic life-saving skills that you can initiate while EMS/Fire/Police personnel are enroute.
3) Make the patient as comfortable as possible, but, don't place anything underneath their head, like a pillow, to make them more comfortable. This could cause further injury. Never move the patient unless they are in imminent danger where they are.
4) Try and secure any pets so they do not get away or interfere with any EMS/Fire/Police personnel.
5) Have someone available to direct the EMS/Fire/Police personnel to the patient.

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1. When should I call 911?
2. Why are ambulances sometimes left running while unattended?
3. Is there an ambulance fee?
4. What do I do when approached by an emergency vehicle using lights and siren?
5. What can I do until help arrives?
6. Who will respond when I call 911?
7. Do all communities provide the same level of care?
8. What is a paramedic intercept?