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VEZINA: Call 911 when you, or anyone, are having a stroke

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Recent data has indicated a surprising number of people are not calling 911 for a stroke and other life-threatening conditions.

Here are some of the things that happen when you call emergency services and some less known reasons why it is important.

(1) The medical staff need time to get ready.

If you or a family member drive to the hospital, the medical staff that need to treat you find out that your life is in danger when you and/or your family arrive, likely in a panic. They then have to make multiple medical decisions faster than would be necessary if you came by ambulance.

If you call emergency services they will inform the hospital that you are on the way and medical staff can prepare for your arrival. The appropriate specialists can be paged and the hospital has some time, rather than none, to coordinate their response.

(2) All hospitals cannot treat all things.

Most people would be........

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