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Medical Emergency Assistance                Oftentimes, when an emergency situation arises, people often panic and don’t know what to do. Calling for emergency medical services during a medical emergency can often be disorienting and overwhelming, but whether a person is a good caller can make an impact on being able to get help rapidly or maybe not even at all. The following tips are for information purposes only. To learn more about how to respond to emergency situations, enroll in St Mark James First Aid Training and CPR courses offered almost over the country. These courses teach how to recognize symptoms early and how to give proper treatment.

When to Call for Emergency Assistance

Most people are confused whether it is time to call for emergency medical services. Thus, here are some signs and medical situations that can tip when should opt to call for assistance.

Signs of Emergency

  • Unconsciousness or no response at all
  • Rhythmic jerking of limbs
  • Difficulty breathing or exerts much effort than usual
  • Cyanosis of fingertips, toes or lips (bluish, purplish or grayish)
  • Stiffness of neck
  • Fever with rashes
  • Persistent or intense pain
  • Large, deep cut involving head, chest or abdominal area
  • Sudden slurred speech
  • Sudden blindness
  • Excessive bleeding, which does not cease after applying direct pressure for five minutes
  • Large area of burn that involves face, chest, groin, hands or feet
  • After head injury, any confusion, headache, vomiting or loss of consciousness
  • Bloody diarrhea accompanied by weakness
  • Vomiting blood
  • Angina or chest pain
  • Weak pulse

Medical Emergencies

If one is suspected of having any one of these medical emergencies, which will be mentioned below, it may be better to call for emergency assistance.

  • Anaphylaxis or severe allergic reaction
  • Drug or alcohol overdose
  • Poisoning
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Electric shock
  • Heat stroke
  • Stroke
  • Paralysis
  • Broken bones (fracture, dislocation, through open wound, etc.)
  • Severe eye trauma or injury
  • Punctured wound (gunshot, knife, bite, etc.)

What to Expect in Emergency Calls

Make sure that before calling for emergency medical assistance, all necessary information is obtained, such as awareness of the exact location. The dispatcher must not be interrupted at all times and all instructions should be followed. Several questions will be asked regarding:

  • Consciousness of victim
  • Breathing
  • Presence of injury
  • Any recent major medical event
  • Chronic medical conditions

What to do While Waiting for Emergency Medical Assistance

At all times, do not hand up the phone unless instructed by the

dispatcher. While waiting for emergency services, instructions will be given on how to administer first aid. This is what is usually done while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

  • If necessary, begin CPR.
  • If applicable, apply first aid for wounds, anaphylaxis, vomiting, and bone injuries, among others.
  • Make the casualty as comfortable as possible.
  • Do not panic and reassure the casualty that help is on the way.
  • At all times, do not leave the casualty alone until paramedics arrive.

When the emergency team arrives, give them all necessary information.

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