If you’ve ever been the one who has to handle an emergency, you know how nerve-wracking it can be. Do you know what to do when you’re the person responsible? Keep the following tips in mind.
1. Always know where you are in case an emergency arises. Take note of the street address and nearest cross street so that you can tell emergency responders. If you’re with people who have chronic health issues, make sure you know what their medical conditions are and if they’re on any medication.
2. When you call 911, don’t offer up every piece of information at once. Listen to the 911 operator and answer the questions they ask you without getting ahead of yourself. Answer thoroughly and clearly so the operator doesn’t have to repeat their questions.
3. If you’ve been trained in CPR and if the person isn’t breathing, perform CPR until medical help arrives.
4. Gather any medications the injured or sick person is taking so that you can give it to the emergency responders when they arrive.
5. Move furniture out of the way so the emergency team can get in and out without any obstructions.
6. Jot down the facts so that you don’t forget them as the day goes on. Take note of when the person was injured or fell sick, how the accident happened, when they slipped in and out of consciousness, etc. No detail is too small.
7. Stay near the door or ask someone else to stay close to the door so that the emergency team can be let in as soon as they arrive.
8. If there’s a bleeding wound, apply deep pressure with a clean cloth. Keep pressure on the wound until it stops bleeding or until the medical team gets there.
9. When the medical team arrives and is working on the patient, fill out as much of the medical forms as you can. Any information will be helpful, even if the person who’s injured can’t help with specific information at the moment.
From the time when you call 911 because there’s been an emergency to when the mobile medical units arrive, it’s important to stay calm and think clearly. Review these tips every now and then so that you’re prepared if you ever have to use them.
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