QI When To Call 911

When to call 911?
There’s a time to read our map
and a time to get help. In case
of warning signs, don’t waste
a moment. Call 911.

If one or more of these signs is present,
don't delay:
  • sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • sudden severe headache with no known cause
  • Sudden loss of responsiveness. No response to tapping on shoulders.
  • No normal breathing. The victim does not take a normal breath when you tilt the head up and check for at least five seconds.
  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
This map should not be used to find a hospital during a critical situation. Call 911 immediately to be taken to the nearest available emergency medical center. The purpose of this website is to identify hospitals that have received recognition for achievement in American Heart Association/American Stroke Association healthcare quality improvement programs. The association does not endorse the hospitals listed. The website is not intended for use in making medical decisions. Discuss hospital options with your physician to select the best hospital for you.

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