What to Do in an Emergency

 What to Do in an Emergency

Life-threatening situations rarely happen more than once or twice in any person’s life. When they do, you must think and act quickly to prevent disastrous consequences.

Stop, look, and listen.

Your immediate response to an emergency may be overwhelming fear and anxiety. Take several deep breaths. Start by assessing the circumstances. Look for any possible dangers to you or the victim, such as a live electrical wire or a fire. Listen for sounds, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), unless you’re trained.

Don’t wait for symptoms to go away or get worse

If you suspect that someone is having a heart attack or stroke, or has ingested something poisonous, phone for help immediately. A delay could jeopardize the person’s life. Stay on the line long enough to give your name, address, and a brief description of the emergency.

Don’t move a victim

The person may have a broken neck or back and attempting to move him or her could cause extensive damage or even death.

Don’t drive

Even if the hospital is just ten minutes away, you’re better off waiting for a well-equipped ambulance with trained paramedics who can deliver emergency care on the spot. People rushing to emergency rooms are more likely to get into accidents themselves

Don’t do too much

Often well-intentioned good Samaritans make injuries worse by trying to tie tourniquets, wash cuts, or splint broken limbs. Also, don’t give an injured person anything to eat or drink.

At home, keep a supply of basic first-aid items in a convenient place.

Beyond the emergency number 911, make sure that telephone number for your doctor and neighbors are handy.
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