SAMU 192: know when to call the emergency service

SAMU 192: know when to call the emergency service
SAMU 192: know when to call the emergency service

Many people are familiar with the Mobile Emergency Care Service, SAMU, but do not know exactly in what situation they should call 192. The service includes victims of clinical, surgical, traumatic, obstetric, pediatric and psychiatric injuries.

The director of SAMU-DF, Victor Arimathea, explains that the service is pre-hospital, with the aim of arriving as soon as possible in urgent and emergency cases.

“These are situations that involve cardiorespiratory problems, intoxication, severe burns, cases of physical aggression, trauma, car accidents, hypertensive crises. These are situations that demand some kind of immediate intervention, stabilization and removal to the nearest Health Unit. There, I have professionals qualified to classify the care and refer it to the regulating physician, who, in fact, will provide the care, understand the severity quickly, succinctly and objectively, and make the decision on the best resource that should be be referred to the patient”, he points out.

The service offers remote guidance, medical regulation and the dispatch of manned mobile units with trained teams. Vehicles can be ambulances, motorcycles, ambulances and aeromedics.

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The Regulation Centers receive calls at any time of the day, for assistance in homes, public roads or health units. But, there will not always be a need to move a vehicle to the location, as Victor Arimathea details.

“It is important for people to understand that the Regulation Center is prepared, with specialized professionals to perform the service and understand if that situation really requires service, which type it demands, and then carry out the entire chain of units in action. furniture. The population must understand when the request will not necessarily demand the activation of a vehicle”, he highlights.

When to activate the SAMU 192 service?

  • Cardiorespiratory problems;
  • Exogenous intoxication and poisoning;
  • Severe burns;
  • Labor in which there is a risk of death of the mother or fetus;
  • Suicide attempts;
  • Hypertensive crises and sudden onset of chest pain;
  • Accidents or trauma with victims;
  • drownings;
  • Electric shock;
  • Accidents with dangerous products;
  • Suspected heart attack or stroke (sudden change in speech, loss of strength on one side of the body and deviation of the labial commissure are the most common symptoms);
  • Wounded by firearm or melee weapon;
  • Burial or landslide with victims;
  • Convulsive seizures;
  • Other situations considered urgent or emergency, with risk of death, sequel or intense suffering.

When not to activate the SAMU 192 service?

  • prolonged fever;
  • Chronic pain;
  • Vomiting and diarrhea;
  • Renal colic;
  • Toothache;
  • Probe replacement;
  • Cut with little bleeding;
  • sprains;
  • Inter-hospital transport of health insurance patients;
  • Transport for medical appointments or tests;
  • Death transport.
  • In situations without urgent or emergency characteristics, or in emergencies of low complexity, the patient can be treated at the nearest Basic Health Unit.

The article is in Portuguese

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