Emergency: A matter of life and death

By: James Monahan

During emergencies, everyone’s health and safety is at stake. Although there are various programs and government agencies that offers support and assistance in times of emergencies.

It is important for us to be aware and responsible for certain response and actions, so that we may take full control over the events and unexpected emergencies that may arise anytime and anywhere.

Know the key points and the things you should do when emergency strikes. Here are some tips given by emergency experts that will be of effective protection for possible recovery strategies.

1. Keep a list of contacts who can assist you and be of great help in case of emergency. You may want to post them on the refrigerator, your bedside table, near the phone or anywhere accessible to anyone.

Include members of doctors, neighbors, police department, fire department, and so on. And be sure that their numbers are updated and is a direct line.

2. Locate the nearest emergency department. It is important for you and your family members to know where to run first in times of emergency, and the easiest most accessible route to get there.

3. Check on fire exits and the quickest routes out. It is also important to keep an emergency kit or provide for emergency cabinet where all the things you’ll be needing for an emergency will be there, like fire extinguishers, fire proof cloth, etc…

4. Know the location of the nearest hospitals, clinics, police station, fire station, etc… and their quickest route.

5. Know what type of emergency needs the help of an ambulance. Usually, an ambulance’ help and assistance is needed when:

5.1 there is no adult present in the situation and moving the victim would cause him or her more injury.
5.2 someone’s condition is in a near-death situation
5.3 the victim’s injury is life-threatening
5.4 no vehicle or other way of transportation is available to bring the victim and the hospitals or other emergency departments are way unaccessible.
5.5 the emergency situation calls for medical attention and use of the tools of paramedics
5.6 the victim’s condition is risky and calls for the need for hospitalization.

6. Upon getting to the emergency room, remember that the doctors will quickly evaluate and observe all admitted victims – the victims which are in high risk of life-threatening conditions will be given medical attention first.

Then the patients or victims which are not seriously ill may have to wait for their turn to be checked.

Now that you know what to do on cases of emergency, it is also important for us to know the symptoms and signs we should watch out for.

Emergency signs and warning signs that indicates symptoms of medical emergency are as follows: palpitation or irregular pulse rate, fainting, shortness or difficulty in breathing, dimmed or blurred vision, sudden dizziness, uncontrolled bleeding, unusual cough or vomiting with blood.

Other emergency signs and warning signs include depression that may lead to suicidal tendencies or homicidal feelings, use of non-prescription drugs, tightened pressure the chest, unusual abdominal pain, disruptive behavior, signs of confusion and uneasiness, pain attacks in various body parts, and so on.

Experts on this says that ‘emergency’ does not only fall into the general literal term ‘emergency’. It also has different classifications, with each type corresponding to a certain level of risk.

Some of which site area emergency, general emergency, medical emergency, catastrophes, notification of unusual event, alert and more.

Emergencies need aggressive response. Whatever type of emergency tbat may arise, one should not panic as long as he or she knows well what to do, who to call and where to go.

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James Monahan is the leading authority on emergency preparedness. He has written multiple articles and newsletter. For more information go to www.AllEmergency.com

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