- Bleeding that will not stop
- Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
- Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
- Chest pain
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Fainting or loss of consciousness
- Feeling of committing suicide or murder
- Head or spine injury
- Severe or persistent vomiting
- Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
- Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
- Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Upper abdominal pain or pressure
Be Prepared for Medical Emergencies
Find out the locations and quickest routes to your nearest emergency medical center before emergencies happen, Becoming aware or the quickest routes and locations will reduce the time needed to get there quickly.
Keep all of your emergency contact phone numbers located near your phone, or have them programmed into memory. Everyone in your household, including your children, should know how and when to call these emergency telephone numbers. These emergency telephone numbers include the following:
- Local Fire department
- Local Police department
- Poison control center
- Your doctors’ phone numbers
- Contact numbers for neighbors or nearby friends or relatives.
- Work phone numbers
- School phone numbers
Know at which hospital(s) your doctor practices at, and if possible, go to that hospital in case of an emergency.
Always wear medical identification tags if you have a chronic condition or look for one on a person who has any of the symptoms mentioned.
Get a personal emergency response system if you are elderly, especially if you live alone. These are remote devices that you can wear around your neck in the event of an emergency and all you need to do is push a button and they will respond and send an ambulance to assist you.
What do you do if someone else has a medical emergency?
- Always stay calm, and call your local emergency number (such as 911).
- Start CPR or rescue breathing, if necessary and if you know the proper technique.
- Place a semiconscious or unconscious person in the recovery position until the ambulance arrives. DO NOT move the person, however, if there has been or may have been a neck injury.
Upon arriving at an emergency room, the person will be immediately evaluated. Life threatening or limb-threatening conditions will always be treated first. Persons with conditions that are not critical or life threatening will wait in line. If you come in through an ambulance however, you will be tended to sooner than if you walk into an emergency room.
Call 911 or your local emergency number if one of the following is occurring:
- The person’s condition is life-threatening (for example, the person is having a heart attack or severe allergic reaction)
- The person’s condition is serious enough and could become life-threatening on the way to the hospital
- Moving the person could cause further injury (for example, in case of a neck injury or motor vehicle accident)
- The person needs the skills or equipment of paramedics or a hospital
- Traffic conditions or distance might cause a delay in getting the person to the hospital
We hope that this list helps you to be better prepared for future medical emergencies and that it helps you or whoever is having an emergency survive!