Taking the Fear Out of Calling for Help by Alicia Ney
Service Director of Paramount Ambulance, Marvin Ney, presents to a group of seniors at a local assisted living facility. His goal for these presentations is to take the fear out of calling for an ambulance by discussing common signs and symptoms to be aware of as well as insurance coverage. He finds these presentations provide “peace of mind” in those who may find themselves calling for or in an ambulance.
What is it that creates that aura of fear around riding in the back of an ambulance let alone even calling for an ambulance? Service Director of Paramount Ambulance, Marvin Ney, insists that the fear develops from the underlying sense of embarrassment and chaos that may ensue following that initial phone call for medical transportation. “What most people aren’t aware of is that calling for an ambulance sooner rather than later can make a significant difference in the treatment of serious illness or injury,” adds Ney who continues to share this message through the Dubuque community at presentations in a number of the assisted and independent living facilities. In addition to fear, callers often worry about treatment and cost of an ambulance. Ney’s goal with sharing this message is to take the fear out of calling for an ambulance and to prepare potential callers for what to expect.
When making the decision to call for an ambulance, it is important to know or understand some of the signs and symptoms of common illnesses and injuries that may present in different ways. Three of which present most often are injuries sustained from a fall, and those associated with a stroke or heart attack. In any of these situations, delayed treatment in the emergency department may severely impact the outcome and lifestyle of those who experience them. In all of these instances, immediate medical attention is vital—and because of their acute nature, fear and anxiety often overwhelm a person as they make the decision to wait it out or call for an ambulance. “Time is brain and time is heart,” states Paramedic, Will Broessel,” who further explains that “calling for an ambulance sooner will increase a patient’s chance for a positive outcome
As unfortunate as it may sound, a majority of those who call for or need an ambulance are also considering the potential cost. And without any knowledge or previous experience in an ambulance, most have the initial impression that prices are astronomical and are a precursor to what hospital treatment may cost. However, many individuals are pleasantly surprised to be informed that Medicare, Medicaid and a number of private insurance companies cover the necessity for
For more information, or to schedule a presentation to Take the Fear Out of Calling for Help, please contact Alicia Ney at email@example.com or call (563) 690-9111.
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