Nobody plans an emergency and it can occur at any time of the day or place. Notwithstanding, there are steps you can take to be prepared for such moments
Take a deep breath and calm down. If you begin panting, you will increase the rush of adrenaline. Continue taking deep breaths until you agree to yourself that you can take care of the situation. If you don’t think you can handle it, even after one minute of deep breathing, get help or you will probably do something wrong. Call your local emergency number because waiting too long could affect the situation. In these situations, it’s either you can do it, or you can’t.
Keep a first-aid kit
Handy at home and on vacation, replace its contents as they are used. You should also be thinking about what essential things are good to always have in your medicine cabinet. They include adhesive bandages of assorted sizes (to cover minor cuts and scrapes), gauze pads (to dress larger cuts and scrapes), thermometer (do not use mercury-based thermometers), alcohol wipes and hydrogen peroxide (to disinfect wounds) and antibiotic ointment (to disinfect and protect wounds from infection) to mention but a few.
Keep up-to-date medical records
For the purpose of health emergencies, it is necessary that you keep up-to-date medical records for everyone in the family. This makes it easier to handle health problems that might come up unannounced.
Call your doctor
If you are unsure of the level of medical care your child needs, your doctor — or a nurse who works in the office — can help you decide what steps to take and how.
Visit an urgent care centre
An urgent care centre can be a good option for non-emergencies at night and on weekends when your doctor may not be in the office. At these centres, you can usually get things like X-rays, stitches, and care for minor injuries that aren’t life-threatening yet require medical attention on the same day.
Visit a hospital emergency room
An ER — also called an emergency department (ED) — can handle a wide variety of serious problems, such as severe bleeding, head trauma, seizures, meningitis, breathing difficulties, dehydration, and serious bacterial infections.
Get an ambulance
Some situations are so serious that you need the help of trained medical personnel on the way to the hospital. These might include if your child: has been in a car accident, has a head or neck injury, has ingested too much medication and is now hard to rouse, or is not breathing or is turning blue. In these cases, get an ambulance.
Make sure you do it right while still being timely. Run in your head each choice you make, and determine the effects of it. Be fast. Don’t rush things to the point you can’t remain calm, but don’t take your time either. Rushing can lead to pointless decisions that will only waste more time. Before going through with any choice, make sure it’s worth the while.
Follow the instructions of the emergency dispatcher on the phone and don’t hang up. Help any injured people and imagine what you would need in their situation. If there are multiple injured people, help the most critically injured first. If you need a cloth or water ask a bystander to get it. Don’t leave someone unattended to unless absolutely necessary.
Posted From iProdigy Group Nigeria(Dabibi Ori-ibim’s Blog).
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