How to ensure you’re ready for an emergency medical situation

No-one likes to think about the idea that they or someone they care about may one day be involved in an emergency medical situation. However, whilst it may be an unpleasant thought to dwell on, it's important to consider this possibility and to do what you can to ensure you are ready for it.

Educate yourself

One of the most frightening aspects of a medical emergency is the feeling of helplessness that often accompanies it. The idea of simply sitting there, waiting for the paramedics to arrive, as you watch as a loved one become progressively sicker is quite horrifying. Fortunately, however, there are steps you can take to increase the likelihood of you being able to help someone who is in this type of situation.

Taking lessons in first aid is an excellent way to obtain the information you need to handle a medical emergency. The hltaid003 provide first aid course, for example, can teach you how to perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on someone has stopped breathing as a result of inhaling water into their lungs, suffering a heart attack or developing another serious medical condition. It can also teach you how to respond if someone is bleeding profusely from a wound, is experiencing respiratory issues, has broken a bone or has gone into anaphylactic shock. During an emergency, this type of information could help you to save a person's life.

Prepare a list of medical information

In an emergency situation, having the relevant medical information to hand could quite literally save your (or another household member's) life. If someone in your home falls ill and is taken to the nearest emergency department, being able to provide the doctors with basic, but crucial information about the person's medical history upon arrival will make it far easier for them to provide fast and effective treatment. If this information is not readily available and the hospital has to call the person's GP to obtain their records, precious time (that could have been spent treating their illness) will have been lost.

This is why it is essential to keep a printed record of you and your family's medical information; this should include details of any chronic illnesses anyone suffers from (such as arthritis or heart disease, for example), as well as a list of any surgeries that you or your family have had in the past and any medications that you regularly take (including the exact dosages).