Hatzalah should be called for any medical emergency, 24/7/365, including Shabbat, Yom Tov and Yom Kippur. If you are unsure that Hatzalah should be called, make the call.
Some examples of medical emergencies that Hatzalah should be called immediately:
- Abdominal Pain
- Allergic Reactions
- Any Loss of Consciousness
- Missing Persons
- Any Danger to Limb or Life
- OB/GYN Emergencies
- Car Accidents
- Cardiac Emergencies
- Slips and Falls
- Diabetic Emergencies
- Difficulty Breathing
- Splinting or Bandaging Injuries
- Trauma with Serious Injuries
Remember; if you are unsure, make the call.
During an emergency, and especially on Shabbat, some people have a tendency to search for a Hatzalah member they are familiar with by going to their home, shul, or calling them on the phone. This can result in significant delays in obtaining help and is strongly discouraged. Calling the Hatzalah emergency number is the most reliable way to obtain help quickly.
Each of our members go through extensive training to become Emergency Medical Technicians. In addition to our EMT's, we have many volunteers who have undergone additional intensive training to become Paramedics, who are able to provide life-saving medication in the field.