Spread the message that Emergency Ambulance Service(EAS/EMS) is for life-threatening emergencies only

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The purpose of the EAS/EMS is to deal with life-threatening situations. In an
emergency, every second counts. If someone is seriously injured in an accident
or suddenly collapses, the victim could have serious medical complications if he
does not receive treatment fast.

The speedy arrival of an emergency ambulance could mean the difference between
life and death for a seriously injured or ill person. EAS/EMS should therefore
be called during medical emergencies. Calling for non-medical emergencies could
cost lives.

What is an Emergency

An emergency is an illness or injury that could end in death or serious
complication if it is not treated immediately. The following is a guide to cases
classified as emergencies:

Drowsiness or unconsciousness where the person cannot be roused

Difficulty in breathing or choking

Sudden or severe chest pain

Sudden or severe abdominal pain that will not go away

Dislocated or broken bones

Deep cuts or wounds with profuse bleeding

Head injuries that are followed by drowsiness, vomiting, bleeding (from the
ears, nose or mouth) or unusual behaviour

Injuries to chest, abdomen, pelvis or spine (neck and backbone)

Fall from heights

Poisoning e.g. inhalation of toxic gases or drug overdose resulting in
unconsciousness and respiratory distress

Crushed injuries

Severe allergy


Burns and scalds -deep with white or charred skin or covering a large area
bigger than the size of a hand, or covering the face

Any burn caused by electric shock or by lightning

What is a Non-Emergency

A non-emergency, on the other hand, does not end in death or serious
complication if it is not treated immediately. These could include one of the


Slight abdominal pain e.g. gastric

Slight fever, coughs and colds

Aches and pains which have been present for a long time

Minor bruises, slight cuts or broken skin

Slight burns or scalds

Mild vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation

Medical check-up or hospital follow-up

Source: http://www.scdf.gov.sg

1. Calling EMS/EAS for non-emergencies must stop

2. Save a life by spreading the message

3. An Emergency Ambulance attending to non-emergency wastes time and lives

4. Stop Ambulance Abuse!