Medical emergencies do sound scary and unfortunately it can occur to anyone and at any point of time and it is best to be prepared for adverse situations. Even due to lifestyle changes and busy schedules people tend to travel and live alone when a medical emergency can rise.
Hence it is advisable to take some precautionary measures in order to handle such a situation without panic, and wrong decisions. Following are some tips for dealing with medical emergencies:
Keep Medical Documents Easily Accessible
First and foremost keep all your medical information and reports in easily accessible places. It is advisable to take duplicate copies of the records and put them in readily reachable places.
Save Emergency Contact Numbers in Mobile and also a Pocket Diary
Save your emergency contact numbers under the heading ICE (In Case of Emergency) in your mobile phone, apart from personal contacts. In case your phone has a password lock, then keep the emergency information in the opening screen itself. Moreover, it’s better to have a pocket diary where all these numbers can be stored as well; in case you lose the phone during a crisis this diary would be a life saver.
Immediately Call Emergency Number
If you think you are fainting or doubting a heart attack, immediately call emergency number for urgent help. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so never hesitate to call the medical emergency number to get medical attention as fast as possible. Different countries have varied emergency number – so know the right one in your case!
Following are Some Tips for Facing Common Emergencies:
In Case of Dizziness or Fainting
Dizziness and fainting are two most common emergencies which could be the symptoms of diseases like heart attack, diabetics, low blood pressure or something related to the heart. If you are attending somebody with these symptoms, check whether they are responding to your questions and their breathing; sprinkle water on the face and use a damp cloth to wipe neck and ears. In case of breathing problem you need to start CPR.
The chest pain is the most common sign of a heart attack and in case of you or anybody in your surrounding experiences this, call the nearest doctor for a check up. Further, you check for the person’s breathing and pulse and in case of no breathing, start CPR with the help of a nearby medical clinic. Ensure to place their head with chin up, open the airway by keeping the tongue out of the way and start with chest compressions.
In case of a bleeding emergency like a nose bleeding due to high blood pressure or any other bleeding problem, hold the chin up high. If it is a cut that is causing the bleeding, then you have to apply some pressure on that part by covering the cut with a rag; applying cotton dipped in antiseptic should be the first step however.
Seizure can happen to people of different ages and the symptoms may vary from head jerking, eyes fluttering or erratic movements of the body. Stay calm and cushion the head; note the time duration of the seizure as the doctor would ask you that. Protect them from injury and try to restrain the person’s movements. Stay with the person until he recovers completely and visit a physician as soon as possible.