Emergency situations can be very scary since sometimes they can be fatal if not handled properly. Learning to assess the situation and handle it in the proper way can save lives. It pays off to prepare yourself before you’re stuck in a situation you don’t know how to handle. While calling 911 is often necessary, there are things you should do before they arrive to help manage the situation.
First, one should assess the emergency. For severe cases, call 911 immediately. Some of these instances include severe burns, showing signs of a heart attack, choking, or bleeding heavily. Stay calm even in situations that seem to be a little chaotic. Panicking will not help you, the people around you, or the victim of the incident. Take a deep breath, assess the situation logically, and formulate a plan to manage the situation.
Some situations may seem manageable and then rapidly go out of control. It’s important to acknowledge sudden changes and how to react if a change happens. For instance, in state of emergencies where a natural disaster is possible, it’s important to do the proper planning beforehand. In a medical situation, this can also apply because a person can be choking and coughing which is a sign they are still breathing. However, the situation could quickly escalate if the person stops coughing and is no longer able to breathe. In emergency situations, it’s important to be prepared for any outcome or change.
After you assess the situation, figure out if there is anything you can do to help. In some situations, you may not be able to do anything else but wait for the medics to arrive and that’s okay. Take a few seconds to think about what you’ll do in the situation, even if it’s simply taking the initiative to call 911. Sometimes, you might need to search for a first-aid kit for treatment. Whatever it is, do what you can to help in a calm manner.
Prepare yourself for medical emergencies through various training, education, and research. It could be the difference between life and death one day.