Nursing Home Emergencies That Warrant a Call to 911 EMS Services

If you have a senior loved one in a nursing home, then you may be concerned about what steps the staff will take in the event of a health emergency. All long-term care facilities have policies in place mandating that 911 EMS services be notified in the event of an emergency involving the residents. If your loved one experiences one of the following health situations, a call to 911 emergency services will be placed by the nursing staff.

Hip Fracture

If your loved one falls in the nursing home, the nurses will assess the individual for signs of a hip or other fracture. If the nurse notices protruding bones, severe pain, bruising, inflammation or any deformities, 911 EMS services will be notified. A hip fracture almost always requires surgery to repair it and if not recognized and treated right away, your senior loved one may become permanently disabled.

Abnormal Vital Signs

If your aging loved one develops abnormal vital signs, he or she will need to be assessed in a hospital emergency room, and because of this, an ambulance will be called. If the elderly individual develops extremely low blood pressure, a slow respiratory rate, or decreased heart rate, emergency interventions need to be initiated.

Failure to do so may result in cardiovascular collapse, organ damage and stroke. Once at the hospital, your loved one may undergo hemodynamic and cardiovascular testing to determine the cause of his or her abnormal vital signs.

To learn more about medical transportation, call Alert Ambulance Services, Inc..

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