(HealthDay News) -- A medical emergency can be scary and stressful, but knowing how to call for help can mean the difference between life and death.
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The American College of Emergency Physicians offers these suggestions when making an emergency call:
- Speak calmly and clearly.
- Give the name, address, phone number and location of the person in need.
- Don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you to. He or she may need more information.
- Teach your children how to place an emergency call, in case you're in need.
- For highway emergencies, know the nearest highway marker number and direction (e.g., northbound).
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