Are you Equipped to Handle a Medical Emergency?

By Dr. Sandeep Jain in Emergency & Trauma

Nov 13 , 2017 | 2 min read

A medical emergency can knock your door any day. Thus it’s vital that you are always prepared to take the necessary action to save a life. Still, many people believe that there’s nothing much to do they can do when medical emergency strikes and they can easily book an ambulance any time to reach a hospital for urgent medical attention. However, medical emergencies need immediate basic intervention which can be done by a person with minimum training; else things can go out of hand causing long-term illness and maybe death. In addition, the way you react to such situations can make a significant difference.

So, do you think you can handle a medical emergency well? If you think you can’t, here we have listed a few things that will make you emergency ready. Take a look!

A Fully Equipped First Aid Box

A fully equipped first-aid box is something that every office and home should have. From band-aid to burnol to basic painkillers and scissors, it should always be well equipped with basic medical supplies. In addition, one should always keep checking the expiry date of the medicines and antiseptics to avoid further complications.

An Emergency Card

A card with all the necessary details including emergency contact number, blood group, medical insurance number, health conditions, treating doctor’s details and more should always be carried. Having these details handy will help people around to expedite the treatment process, and the doctors will have a clear idea of how to go about it.

Important Numbers on Speed Dial

It’s a good idea to have all the important numbers in one place. You can list these numbers in the ‘Favourites’ section of your smartphone for easy access. The list should contain numbers of ambulance service, emergency hospital, consulting doctor, relatives who can reach you fast and a few friends as well. In addition, you can even make a small diary mentioning all the important numbers and keep it handy in your bag or wallet.

A Dedicated Medical Records File

Discarding any report or prescription is a big ‘NO’. Creating a dedicated file with all the medical documents will take no more than 15 minutes. Remember, this file should include details of everything that has happened to you. From MRI scans to X-rays, everything should be at one place all the time. A dedicated medical records file will help doctors in proceeding with the case in the right direction during a medical emergency.

Medical Insurance

Investing in a medical insurance when you are young is the best gift you can give to your future self. The rising healthcare costs have made it even more important to have medical insurance to back your health. The number of options may leave you confused, so be sure of seeking help from a certified agent for the best deal. In addition, for any insurance you take, a TPA card is available that you should always carry in your bag or wallet.

Basic Life Support Training

Various hospitals conduct basic life support training to make people emergency ready. If you still have not undergone one, make sure you approach the nearest emergency hospital for guidance. Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) is the most basic course offered by many hospitals, and it can be a real lifesaver in situations when someone has stopped breathing & become unconscious due to any medical emergency. 

To Sum It Up!

We at Max Healthcare hope that you never have to use these medical emergencies, but being all prepared will keep you safe. So, make sure you and your family is always emergency ready for a healthy life.