FAQ: When Should I Call 911 After a Fall?
When should I call 911 after a fall?
In general, you should call 911 after a fall if the person is:
Unconscious or is having difficulty regaining consciousness
Showing signs of an obvious fracture
In a lot of pain
Showing signs of an acute medical problem that could have caused the fall, including chest pain, shortness of breath, extreme weakness, or signs of stroke
In the absence of the above alarm symptoms, you'll still want to watch the person carefully after a fall, ideally for a few hours at least.
You did not mention that if they hit their head; they need to go to the hospital for a CT scan. They could be bleeding in the brain. My mom has fallen over 80 times in the last 2 years. She has hit her head at least 5 times, but no bleeding. And only fractured 3 ribs in all of the falls. Thank God!
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