Making an Emergency Medical Call
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emergency – an unexpected situation that is dangerous or very serious and makes one act immediately * Is anyone here a doctor? It’s an emergency! My wife is giving birth!
to state – to say something; to give information * Please leave a message, stating your name, telephone number, and your reason for calling, and we’ll return your call as soon as we can.
ambulance – a special van that is driven very quickly, with loud noise and bright lights, to help people with urgent medical problems, taking them to the hospital * When Heather broke her leg while she was home alone, she wasn’t able to drive herself to the hospital, so she called an ambulance.
car accident – a collision between two or more cars; when a car hits another car or another object, usually hurting or killing people * Car accidents are more likely when the roads are covered in ice and snow.
pileup – a big, serious car accident where many cars hit each other * When the truck rolled over on the freeway, it caused a pileup because all the cars behind it ran into each other.
to trace – to find something; to figure out where something is * They traced the bad smell in the house to their son’s dirty socks.
hurt – injured; in pain because something is wrong with one’s body * Claudia got hurt when she fell off her bicycle.
unconscious – not aware of what is happening around oneself and appearing to be asleep, usually because one was hit very hard on the head * Hideya was unconscious for a few minutes after he hit his head.
to bleed – to lose blood; to have a red liquid come of out one’s body because one has an injury or is hurt in some other way * Nicky accidentally cut her finger with the scissors and it bled on the carpet.