Medical Emergencies for Residents & Tourists
If you should need to call for a medical emergency, be ready to let the ambulance driver know what hospital you wish to be transported to. Some hospitals are expensive if you do not have insurance coverage. If you have a medical condition and your Spanish is not fluent, have a Spanish translation of the problem or problems handy to make it easier for you to communicate with the paramedics. Examples of things you might want to list are high blood pressure, heart condition, diabetic, allergies, and symptoms. There are many bilingual Doctors on the Island. However, be ready in the event your Doctor is not available.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ THE IMPORTANT DOCUMENT SECTION FOR STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS ON ALL DOCUMENTS YOU SHOULD HAVE PREPARED BEFORE AN EMERGENCY STRIKES! https://www.thecozumelsun.com/living-in-cozumel-guide/important-documents/
Everyone vacationing should know if your insurance is accepted at any of the local hospitals. Ambulances are privately run, and get paid by taking you to certain clinics. Have a name of a hospital or clinic available and demand to be taken there. Have enough funds in your credit and debit cards to cover medical expenses, and funeral expenses, including returning the remains home. Consider purchasing flight insurance. Changing a flight departure date due to illness or death can cost up to $400! Flight insurance can cover medical expenses not covered by your regular insurance company.
When you move to Mexico, you should acquaint yourself with the local medical and health facilities available in your area. Find out where your nearest hospitals and clinics are, as well doctors, dentists and opticians and keep their telephone contact numbers at hand. You can find this information out from neighbors, friends, work colleagues or contact your local consulate who are able to give you a list of local health facilities in the city or town where you live. The Cozumel Sun has a listing of Service Providers for your convenience.
Have these instructions and numbers written on a card that you carry with you . In emergency situations you do not think clearly enough to remember who to call.
Although Mexico has a number of universal emergency numbers, numbers for specific emergency services vary by state and locality, so ask about the numbers for the local police, ambulance and fire station and keep these handy by the home and office phone (and save them in your mobile phone).
You can ask for the police, an ambulance or the fire brigade using 911.
Some insurance companies supply their own emergency contact numbers to policy holders and will connect you to an English-speaking operator.
Emergencies in Cozumel
Emergency – 911 Effective 10/03/2016 Angeles Verde – 078 (road-side Assistance Eastern side of Island) 24 Hour Doctor – 872-0103 24 Hour Dentist – 872-0808 Hyperbaric Chamber – 872-0103 Hyperbaric Chamber – 872-3070 Police – 872-0092 Red Cross – 872-1058
U.S. Consulate – 872-4574
U.S Consulate – 872-6152
U.S. Consulate – 044- 987-121-0323
Swimming on the “Other Side”
When swimming anywhere on the island it is important that you observe the rules and stay inside the designated swim zones. There is a lot of boat traffic from cruise ships, ferries, fishing, snorkeling, and other waters ports. It is always a good practice to swim with a buddy or in an area that is patrolled by a lifeguard. When on the other side, you have to contend with Rip Current and strong waves.
DO NOT GET IN THE WATER if there is a no swimming (RED FLAG) advisory. Always swim within eye sight of a lifeguard incase of an unexpected current or medical emergency.
The simplest thing to do is to observe the water for two minutes. Those 2 minutes can save your life.
It you see the ocean wave void (like in the picture ) do not attempt to go into the sea. This is called a Rip current. It is very strong and will pull you further into the sea (ocean).
Please share to warn your family and friends.
Spanish Phrases to Use in an Emergency
Provided By: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan
I have an Emergency:
Yo tengo una Emergencia.
(Yoh tehn-go ooh-nah Eh-mehr-hen-see-yuh)
Please send help immediately:
Por favor envié ayuda inmediatamente.
(Pore fah-vore , ehn-vee-yay eye-you-duh een-may-dee-yah-tah-men-tay)
Please send me an Ambulance:
Por favor mandeme una Ambulancia.
(Pore fah-vore , mahn-de-may ooh-nah Ahm-buhl-lahn-see-yuh)
Please send me the Police:
Por favor envie a la Policia.
Pore fah-vore , ehn-vee-yay ah lah Pole-lee-see-yuh.
Please send me the Firemen:
Por favor envie a los Bomberos.
(Pore fah-vore , ehn-vee-yay ah lohw-s Bohm-behr-rohs)
My address is: (street number & house number & Colonia:
Mi Dirección es Calle ______, (Mee dee-reck-see-ohn ehs Kigh-yay)
Numero _____, (New-mehr-row)
Entre Calle ___ __ y _____, (ehn-tray Kigh-yay) __(eee)
En la Colonia __________________. (ehn lah Cole-lone-nee-yuh)
Fill in the blanks with your personal information.
My name is: (your name):
Me llamo: _________. (Mee jyah-mo)
My phone number is: (your phone number):
Mi telefono es: _________. (Mee teh-leh-fone-no ehs)
I am having a Heart Attack:
Yo estoy teniendo un Ataque al Corazon.
(Yoh eh-stoy ten-yehn-do uhn Ah-tack-Kay al Core-rah-zone).
My husband is having a Heart Attack:
Mi esposo tiene un Ataque al Corazon.
(Mee eh-spo-so tee-yehn-eh uhn Ah-tack-Kay al Core-rah-zone).
My wife is having a Heart Attack:
Mi esposa tiene un Ataque al Corazon.
(Mee eh-spo-sah tee-yehn-eh uhn Ah-tack-Kay al Core-rah-zone).
Please send help immediately:
Por favor envie ayuda inmediatamente.
(Pore fah-vore , ehn-vee-yay eye-you-duh een-may-dee-yah-tah-men-tay) .
I am bleeding profusely:
Me estoy desangrando.
(Mayh eh-stoy des -sahn-grahn-doh) .
Attribution: YucaLandia/Surviving Yucatan.
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