Having emergency medical services training of some kind can be useful as you never know when you are going to need it. A basic first aid course from work or a more detailed medical training through an online college can give you the knowledge and skills you need to deal with an emergency and make sure the person gets the right care as quickly as possible.
Even if you have never taken a first aid course, knowing what is considered an emergency and knowing how to deal with them effectively, could potential make a difference between life and death.
Some things to look for which are considered an emergency medical condition include bleeding that won’t stop, pains in the chest and breathing problems. Also if you think the person may have a head or spine injury, if they have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, they seem to have a chance in consciousness or they have been poisoned are all reasons to be concerned and seek the assistance of the emergency medical services.
There are a number of steps you are going to want to take to make sure the person gets the best level of care. This includes determining the level of severity of the injury. Is the injury or is the person in need of emergency medical services? Is the condition bad enough to call 911 for help? This is very important as you don’t want to get services rushing out for a patient who is not that sick and that the ambulance could have provided their services to someone else in need instead.
This is not an easy decision to make, but luckily it is an obvious one. You can usually tell from the condition of the patient whether you should be calling 911 or not. Next find where the nearest emergency services hospital is. Bear in mind not all services have an emergency room and therefore if you are going to drive the person yourself, you need an idea on distance. This also helps in identifying about how long the ambulance should take to get to your place, so you can take steps to ensure the person remains calm and gets treatment, after the 911 operator instructions until the ambulance arrives.
When faced with a serious emergency, it is very important that you stay calm. Being panicked and phoning 911 is not going to help you, the operator or the patient. Rather give the phone to the calmest person there and get them to peak to the operator, they will then be able to understand the instructions provided and give the operator with the essential information they need to ensure the person gets the best help until the emergency medical services team is on site.
If you do know CPR and it’s needed, now is the time to offer it. If you don’t know how to carry this out, the 911 operator will direct you, ensuring the patient gets air to their lungs and their heart is being pushed until the team arrive on scene.
It is often difficult to decide if you should call for emergency medical services or whether you can take the patient to the emergency room yourself. The best way to find this is to decide if the person is having a heart attack. Is their condition life threatening? Could moving them to get them to hospital be more damaging? If you answer yes to any of the above, then call 911, follow the operators instructions and wait for the emergency medical services team to arrive.