Paramedic Intercept Program
The Paramedic Intercept Program provides advanced life-saving care at the scene of an accident or illness. Created in 1999, it is the first program of its kind offered by any hospital in Wisconsin. Fort HealthCare’s licensed paramedics, who are emergency medical technicians (EMTs) with the highest level of additional training, travel in a four-wheel drive vehicle containing life-saving equipment and medications and meet local rescue services en route to the hospital. The Fort HealthCare paramedics and local EMTs work together, treating the patient according to guidelines prepared by the Fort Memorial Hospital emergency department physicians.
How to call for emergency help
You or a loved one may be injured or seriously ill. Or you may be the first person at an accident scene. Do you know what to do? Speed is crucial in a medical emergency. Knowing how to respond quickly can help save lives.
Who to Call in an Emergency
Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is a team of emergency professionals. It includes paramedics, doctors, nurses, police, and firefighters. In many places, dialing 911 connects you with EMS. If your community doesn't have a 911 system, find out what number to call in an emergency. It's often listed in the front of the phone book. Your children should also know how to summon help. Teach them to dial 911, or keep emergency numbers posted by the phone. Have someone else call for help if you need to care for an injured person.
When to Call
Not all illnesses or injuries need urgent care. But you should call EMS if the person:
- Is unconscious or semiconscious.
- Has trouble breathing.
- Has severe stomach or chest pain.
- Doesn't have a pulse.
- Has severe burns or bleeding.
- Is vomiting blood or passing blood in stool or urine.
- Has moderate or severe head, neck, or back injuries.
- Has a broken bone.
- Is choking.
- Is drowning or had a near-drowning.
- Has a new seizure or prolonged seizure.
How to call
When you call for help, remain calm. Speak slowly and clearly. Stay on the line until you're told to hang up. Be sure to provide the following information:
- Your name, address and phone number
- The exact location of the person needing help
- The nature of the problem
For more information call (920) 568-5330.