call 911 or call family member first

@ch88ss (2270)
United States
June 2, 2008 4:49pm CST
Hi. Today at work, Ambulance showed up 30 minutes after someone called. One of the client was in the meeting with our sales people, while leaving our office he passed out. The sales person called her son instead of calling 911. There was a debate in the office that she should have called the ambulance instead. What do you think? Call the family or 911?
7 responses
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
I think the wisest thing to do is to call 911 first... then family member... a call to 911 can actually save a life... since one is calling trained professionals... while family members might not even know how to deal with this type of emergency... So i am for calling 911 first... then family members second...
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
3 Jun 08
good point 911 are trained to guide you until the paramedics shows up. I don't even know how the sales lady was able to get a hold of the person's relative number, but she probably was panicking and did not know what to do. Well she knows now, when this happens again next time she will be experience enough to call 911 first.
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
3 Jun 08
Thanks for the best response mark...
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
4 Jun 08
hi, you welcome. I always make it a habit to mark for best response.
@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
13 Jun 08
911 is the first number, son is second. If they had dialed 911 first, the ambulance could have been there in 10 - 15 minutes! That was someone not thinking. lol I hope the client is ok now.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
13 Jun 08
i agree , 911 is more important at that moment. Yes he is ok now. By the way how did the move go? I hope you are all settled in. Tell your hubby happy fathers day. Hope his health is much better
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@icyorchid (2564)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Hi, Glad to hear he is doing better. We haven't moved yet. lol That's this weekend to Monday. Slowly because I can't do alot of moving heavy stuff. I feel bad about that too, but it is dr's orders. I'll be sure to tell him that and yes he is doing good. Thanks for asking ~icy~
@liquorice (3901)
13 Jun 08
Yes, I think it's obvious that the emergency services should be called first. The priority should always be to save the person's life. Telling a family member is not a priority and can always wait, and they would probably be very concerned to know that they were being called in preference to an ambulance.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
14 Jun 08
I agree, 911 is first not family. Though family shold know but they are not trained to save someone's life. But when people panick i guess the thinking is not clear
@yipseng (34)
• Malaysia
13 Jun 08
911 as life is very precious to us. Even a second will make big difference to the life that are in danger.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
13 Jun 08
Hi yipseng, I agree with you life is to precious to wait another second when someone is in danger.
• United States
3 Jun 08
I would deffinitely say call 911 first and the family right after. That could have been a costly mistake by calling the family first. If one of my family members was to pass out suddenly I think I would want people to call the paramedics first and me next.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
4 Jun 08
sure, I too want someone to call 911 if something happened to me. I guess when people panick they don't think straight , I assume thats what happened that day when our sales person called the customer son first then 911. Thanks
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
2 Jun 08
It is best to call 911 first, 911 operators are trained to assist the caller giving medical advice until the ambulance arrives, it would have been better for someone else to call the son.
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I agree. When my daughter had a siezure they were able to calm me down enough to answer their question and within minutes they arrived. But I don't know this time it took them so long to arrive to the office. But good news the gentlemen is doing fine now.
@Barbietre (1440)
• United States
2 Jun 08
911 always, it could mean saving a life, how long does it take, Seconds? Then call the family!
@ch88ss (2270)
• United States
3 Jun 08
I agree. ironiclaly the paramedics arrived 30 minutse later and right behind the paramedics was his son. And later they both got in the paramedics and he was taken to the hospital. We peeped through the windows and he was doing much better, he was able to raise his arms when asked to.