EMS Resources

See a curated list of safety resources.

Safety Resources

What is CPR?

CPR – or Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation – is an emergency lifesaving procedure performed when the heart stops beating. Immediate CPR can double or triple chances of survival after cardiac arrest.
Learn About CPR

Hands-only CPR

See the two easy steps for how to do hands-only CPR, the method endorsed by the American Heart Association and Honolulu EMS.
Download Guide (PDF)

Stop the Bleed®

STOP THE BLEED® is the result of a collaborative effort led by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (ACS COT) to bring knowledge of bleeding control to the public. The ACS COT, and specifically the EMS subcommittee with its many collaborative relationships, provided the perfect environment for this program to grow into the critical success that it is today.
Get Trained

Donate Blood

Just one donation can save up to three lives! More than half of us will need blood during our lifetimes. Call the Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi at (808) 845-9966 or visit their website to learn more.
Visit Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi

How to Prepare for a 911 Medical Emergency

You never know when your or a loved one will experience a medical emergency. It is best to be prepared before an emergency occurs because during an emergency, emotions are running high and panic often sets in. Learn what to have on hand prior to the arrival of the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services team.
Prepare for a Medical Emergency

What Do You Do After a Medical Emergency

After the Honolulu Emergency Medical Services treats and transports you to an emergency room, you may have follow-up questions.

Get info on how to retrieve lost items, answer questions about your bill or send a thank you to your rescue crew.
After an Emergency

Service Animals

The EMS Division recognizes that service animals play a very important role in the life of people with disabilities, and it is our policy to transport the patient and their service animal whenever it is safe for the crew, patient and animal.

Learn more about our policies and procedures regarding the recognition, handling and transport of service animals.

Policies & Procedures (PDF)

CPR Hula

Medical ID Card

Why carry a Medical ID Card?

In an emergency situation, you may be unconscious, in shock or otherwise unable to share vital information about your health. A Medical ID Card can help paramedics and health care providers by providing them with important information about your health and letting them know who to contact on your behalf.

Who can benefit from a Medical ID Card?

In the event of an emergency, almost everyone can benefit from a Medical ID Card. You might consider carrying one if you: are disabled or have a medical condition that requires use of medical equipment take medication on a regular basis have a drug or other serious allergy participate in sports activities drive or ride in any type of motor vehicle, travel do not speak or understand English; or live alone.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST)

What is a POLST?

POLST is a physician’s order that specifies the types of treatments that a patient wishes to receive towards the end of life. Completing a POLST form encourages communication between healthcare providers and patients, enabling patients to make more informed decisions. The POLST form documents those decisions in a clear manner and can be quickly understood by all providers, including first responders and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel. As a result, the patient’s wishes can be honored across all settings of care.

For more information about POLST, visit https://kokuamau.org.