(HealthDay News) -- Calling 911 for a friend or family member in need can be a scary experience. But being prepared for a medical emergency can help both you and the person in need, says StrokeSmart.
It mentions these do's and don'ts while waiting for an ambulance:
Do tell the 911 operator where you are.
Do stay on the line with the 911 operator and follow his or her instructions.
Do remain calm and keep the person safe.
Do tell emergency responders about the person's symptoms.
Do perform CPR if the person is not breathing.
Do unlock the front door so paramedics can enter quickly.
Do not drive the person in need to the hospital yourself.
Do not provide any medication unless instructed.
Do not provide anything to eat or drink unless instructed.