Should you drive a patient to hospital or call an ambulance?

In some cases this decision could mean the difference between life and death.

If you find yourself in a situation where you have to decide, don’t hesitate to call Maponya 911 on our emergency contact number – 086 196 0960. Try to avoid escalating the emergency. Transporting the patient to a hospital in an ambulance is always the safest measure of transport.

The following guidelines can help you make that decision – ask yourself these questions, if the answer is “yes”, contact Maponya 911 immediately.

  • Does the patient’s condition seem life threating?
  • Could the patient’s condition get worse and become life threatening on the way to the hospital?
  • Is the patient experiencing pain?
  • Will you get delayed in traffic?
  • If you try to move the person, will it likely lead to more harm?


Indicators of a medical emergency:

  • Shortness of breath or breathing difficulty
  • Pains in the chest or abdomen that last two minutes or longer
  • Unconsciousness
  • Vision changes – such as double vision
  • Difficulty when speaking
  • Mental confusion
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Woman in labour
  • Bleeding that won’t stop after 10 minutes or longer
  • Coughing up blood
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Severe allergic reaction, such as to an insect bite
  • Severe burns
  • Trauma incidents, for example: Gunshots, drowning and motor vehicle accidents


Advantages of calling an ambulance:

Maponya 911 provides a safe and speedy trip to the Emergency Room.

The Paramedics or Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on board will subsidize or relieve any pain on route and provide fluid replacements that may be required.

The Paramedics will inform the ER of the patients’ condition before arriving at the hospital.

Save our emergency number on your phone under “A” for Ambulance: 0861960960.

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