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"Call 911 Awareness Campaign" Launched in Sussex County

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EMS at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital transporting patients (WBOC) EMS at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital transporting patients (WBOC)

SEAFORD, Del.- Getting treatment the fastest way is the message the American Heart Association and Healthier Sussex County want to send through their "Call 911 Awareness Campaign". Minutes matter when you think you could be having a heart attack or stroke. 

Calling 911 at the first signs of a possible heart attack or stroke could save your life, according to the American Heart Association and Healthier Sussex County. Lori Lee is the assistant vice president of nursing at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital.

Lee said, "It's well proven that timely and fast care especially with stroke and heart attacks lead to better outcomes for our patients."

The American Heart Association and Healthier Sussex County wanted to stress the importance in calling 911, so the two combined efforts and launched the "Call 911 Awareness Campaign" this past spring. The campaign emphasizes to the community to call 911, don't drive yourself to the hospital if you feel you're having a stroke or heart attack. 

"It gets EMS to your house right away, and that drive time that's happening with the EMS versus you and your own personal vehicle is care," Lee said.

Alecia Warrick of Millsboro, DE said those critical minutes of EMS care means a lot. 

"I would rather get transported in an ambulance, because if you drive yourself and you're having a heart attack it wouldn't turn out good because you could get in an accident and injure other people," Warrick said.

Lee said if you're driving yourself to the hospital during a medical emergency, the emergency room team will not know you're coming.

"It's going to take me a few minutes to get the team assembled and that time can be crucial to the outcome of a stroke or heart attack," Lee said. 

Lee said a call to 911 gets care faster and leads to a better outcome for patients. 

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