Tips to Handle Emergencies

By Dr. Sandeep Budhiraja in Emergency & Trauma

Nov 08 , 2020 | 2 min read

A medical emergency can be the most frightening crisis a person ever faces. Every second counts in an emergency. So, knowing where to seek emergency care can save precious lives.

Medical emergencies may arise anywhere and everywhere. Hospitals encounter trauma, gynaecological, paediatric, medical and surgical emergencies all year round. Hence, the need for adequate resources in the emergency unit of a hospital, which includes a well-equipped emergency room with trained doctors, paramedical staff and able nurses to deal with all sorts of emergencies, becomes paramount.

Max Super Speciality Hospital is always prepared to manage emergencies such as heart attacks, brain stroke, accidents (trauma), external bleeding and others with a fast response time.


In case of a medical emergency, just call the Max Emergency Services at 011 4055 4055, and a well-equipped ambulance with trained emergency staff will reach you within minutes — 30 minutes (max)*. Immediate medical attention is provided on the spot if required. Also, a team of specialised doctors is kept on standby at the hospital and is constantly updated about the patient's condition so that immediate attention can be provided.

Heart Attack

In case you or someone else complains of central chest pain or heaviness, nausea, vomiting, breathing difficulty and sweating, it could be a heart attack. Immediately seek medical attention and chew/administer an aspirin tablet (if not allergic).

Remain calm. Begin Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if a person becomes unconscious with no respiration or pulse. Always remember, chances of survival increase exponentially if the patient reaches a hospital within an hour from the onset of symptoms. Call for an ambulance immediately.

CheckoutFirst Aid for Heart Attack


If you feel you are going to faint, lie down or sit down and call for help. If someone else faints, make the person sit or lie down on a side. Check for the signs of life, such as speaking, breathing, coughing or movement. Immediately seek medical attention and call for an ambulance.

Brain Stroke

In case of a brain stroke, seek immediate medical assistance as it is a major emergency. The sooner treatment gets started, the more likely the damage can be minimised. Keep the word FAST in mind to help remember the warning signs.

  • Face: See if the face droop on one side while trying to smile.
  • Arms: Is one arm lower when trying to raise both arms?
  • Speech: Can a simple sentence be repeated? Is speech slurred or strange?
  • Time: During a brain stroke, every minute counts. The patient's symptoms can be reversed within 3 hours from the onset

Call 011 4055 4055 immediately for an ambulance to reach you within 30 Minutes (Max)*.\

CheckoutFirst Aid for Brain Stroke

Spinal Injury

In case someone has a spinal injury, keep the person still. Place heavy towels on both sides of the neck or hold the head and neck to prevent any movement. Administer first aid without moving the person's head or neck. If the person is wearing a helmet, don't remove it. Call for an ambulance immediately.

Severe External Bleeding

In case of severe external bleeding, apply pressure directly on the wound, using a sterile bandage or clean cloth until the bleeding stops. Maintain continuous pressure for at least 20 minutes and then see if the bleeding has stopped. Use your hands if nothing else is available. Seek immediate medical attention.