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 a number of trauma, gynaecological, paediatric, medical and surgical emergencies all round the year. Hence, the need for adequate resources at 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, Saket, is always prepared to manage emergencies such as heart attack, accidents (trauma), brain stroke, external bleeding and others with a fast response time.
TIPS TO HANDLE EMERGENCIES
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 a standby at the hospital and is constantly updated about the patient’s condition so that immediate attention can be provided.
In case you or someone else complains of chest pain, nausea and sweating, it could be a heart attack. Immediately seek medical attention and chew/administer an aspirin tablet. Begin Cardiac Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) on the person having a heart attack, if directed. 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.
If you feel you are going to faint, lie down or sit down and call for help. Place your head between your knees if you sit down. If someone else faints, make the person sit straight. Check the person’s airway and make sure it is clear. Check for the signs of circulation such as breathing, coughing or movement. Immediately seek medical attention and call for an ambulance.
In case of a brain stroke, seek immediate medical assistance as it is a major emergency. The sooner treatment gets started, it is more likely that the damage can be minimised. Keep the word F.A.S.T. in mind to help remember the warning signs.
- Face: Does 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.
Call 011 4055 4055 immediately for an ambulance to reach you within 30 Minutes (Max)*.
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.
TYPES OF MEDICAL EMERGENCIES ATTENDED BY MAX EMERGENCY SERVICES
- Respiratory problems
- Brain stroke
- Animal Bite