Guidelines on when to call the Emergency Services 999 for unwell recreational drug users
Call 999 if ANY one of the following is present:
Unconsciousness – if the patient does not respond to vocal commands, requires painful stimulus (e.g. pressure across the fingernails) to respond or does not respond at all.
Significant agitation (e.g. pacing around the room) or aggression not settling within 15 minutes.
Seizures (e.g. a convulsion similar to an epileptic fit)
Breathing difficulties such as fast breathing rate which does not settle within 15 minutes.
Heart rate over 140 beats per minute not settling within 5 minutes.
Temperature over 38.5 not settling after about 5 minutes of rest, or if very flushed and feels very hot if no thermometer is available.
Blood pressure – Systolic (“upper pressure”) over 180mmHg, or Diastolic (“lower pressure”) over 110mmHg on two repeated blood pressure measurements.
Other concerns – if there are any other concerns (e.g. severe headache, chest pain).
IF IN DOUBT CALL 999
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