5 Steps to Survive Medical Emergencies
1. Prevent Emergencies
- Take care of your body -- eat, rest, exercise, and see your doctor on a regular basis
- Use seat belts, child safety seats, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and other safety equipment
- Safe Proof your home -- Make it poison-proof, gun-proof, fall-proof, and fire-proof.
2. Post Vital Information
- Post emergency numbers on or near your phone
- Have accurate directions to your location posted near your phone -- get to know your surroundings (streets, location of Police and Fire Departments, and nearest street that crosses yours)
- Be sure your house or mailbox address are visible from the street and not obstructed with tress or shrubs
- Use medical identification -- Medical Alert bracelets or chains. Know your medications - keep an updated list near the phone or on the refrigerator (most EMS and Fire personnel know where to look for this information should you not be able to communicate with them.)
3. Call for Help Properly
- Stay calm, give your name, number and location (with good directions)
- Describe the problem -- breathing difficulty, fall, burn, etc.
- Follow the dispatchers instructions -- they are Nationally and State certified for what they do
- DO NOT Hang-up until the dispatcher tells you to!
4. Learn Lifesaving Skills
- Learn C.P.R. and First Aid
- Do not move the injured; be sure the victim or patient is breathing and has a pulse, use direct pressure to control any bleeding
- Become a First Responder or E.M. T.
5. Support Your E.M.S.