Hatzalah should be called for any medical emergency, 24/7/365, including Shabbat and Yom Tov.  If you are unsure whether Hatzalah should be called, make the call.

What should I do while I wait for the ambulance?

  1. Send someone to wait outside for the ambulance, so responders can locate your home quickly.

  2. Open your front door, turn on all your lights and remove all obstacles in your home which could block the ambulance stretcher.

  3. Gather the patient's medications, medical history and allergies - we will ask you for this information.

  4. Treat any life-threats until the ambulance arrives:

*The following information is not a substitute for formal CPR and First Aid training.  Additional information is required to properly care for a patient.  This information is intended as a courtesy reminder for people who have already taken one of our formal programs. Use this information at your own legal risk. Riverdale Hatzalah and its volunteers, agents, and non-profit affiliates, does not assume any responsibility for the accuracy or use of this information. 

Bleeding:  Use a clean gauze pad or piece of cloth to apply constant pressure directly to the wound.  Do not let go.

Unconscious and Not Breathing: Begin CPR (push hard & fast on chest)

Click the video below for CPR instructions

Choking:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to do CPR

For a pregnant woman:

 

Position fist in the center of her chest and pull straight back;  do NOT perform abdominal thrusts.

For infants, under 1 year of age: