Health

Mandy Kloppers

How To Prepare For A Medical Emergency

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It’s normal to want a life where you don’t have to deal with injuries, infections, or illnesses. Afterall, these situations can be extremely painful, unpleasant, and even fatal. But, this is just an utopian wish- regardless of how much you protect yourself, there are times where you would succumb to health issues. Sometimes, it can happen at a convenient time, where you can assess medical care immediately. However, this is not always the case. You may find yourself, a loved one, or a complete stranger needing intervention immediately, but no clinic or hospital will be in sight. That said, equipping yourself for medical emergencies can save lives and prevent situations from becoming more serious. If you are wondering how to do so, these tips can help you out. 

 

  • Always carry your medical information with you at all times

 

As established earlier, anything can happen at any time. Therefore, make it a point to always carry your medical information with you at all times. For instance, if you have allergies, chronic diseases, or are on medication, you need to have them recorded to allow others around you help when you need it. This step is also important for preventing the use of materials that could make your condition worse or kill you. If you are unsure what to do, you can begin by writing down the name and contacts of your medical providers, as. Well as the role they play; now, your first responders can know for sure who to call. In addition to this, make it a point to keep copies of your family health history, test results, pharmacy printouts, personal health history, doctor visit notes, and so on. At a tip, keep at least one hard copy of each in your car or purse for easy access. This is because your phone may be locked when you are unconscious, making it difficult for others to get this info to help you. 

 

  • Your emergency contacts should be readily available

 

The first point is already established that you should have the number of your medical care providers, which in this case are your doctors. But it doesn’t end here. You must have your country’s emergency telephone number on speed dial at all times; this way, you can call them as soon as possible. Your friends and family should also make the emergency contact list, so keep this in mind. This is particularly important if you have a health crisis at home and they live close by. For instance, you may have a nasty fall or severe allergic reaction at home, and your neighbours may have no idea what’s going on. Since your family and friends may already have a spare key, they can quickly reach you in time. However, ensure you trust them before leaving your spare keys in their care. 

 

  • Always move around with your medical supplies

 

This move may seem extra, but it’s always better to be prepared for whatever may come unexpectedly. That said, ensure you always have your medical supplies wherever you are, whether at home, in the office or your car, and so on. This is particularly necessary if you live with a chronic condition such as allergies or asthma. Having your inhaler can come in handy when you have an asthma attack. Likewise, an EpiPen can save you from anaphylaxis after unknowingly eating something that your body reacts violently to. Keeping medical for other conditions such as nausea, pain, and fever, is equally important. If you are travelling, these medications should always accompany you. But if you run out of them, and it’s already past everyone’s bedtime, a late night pharmacy is just what you need. 

 

  • Make sure others can understand how to use your medical supplies

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Although you are well versed in using your medical supplies, the same cannot be said for others. And the last thing you want is for people to waste time figuring out what to do when you desperately need to use your medication. Therefore, make sure everyone can understand what’s written on the package of each medical supply, including the name of the drug, active ingredients, what it’s used for, and dosage. This will be beneficial to you and first responders than unlabeled pill containers. Alternatively, you can speak to your family and friends on how to help you take your medication when you experience a medical emergency. As a tip, go into details about each item and how it should be administered. Writing them down on paper or soft copy records is also a good idea.

 

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