Are You Prepared for a Medical Emergency?
Medical emergencies , such as a stroke, heart attack, and traumatic injury, tend to happen when least expected. Preparing for these life-threatening situations is especially important. Through ample preparation and thorough planning, you can expedite the treatment process and may help to prevent or minimize the consequences of severe medical illness or injury. Read on to learn some helpful ways to plan ahead for a medical emergency.
- Know the symptoms
For life-threatening conditions, such as a heart attack or stroke, knowing the symptoms and warning signs can make all the difference in seeking treatment in time. For a stroke, remember the National Stroke Association’s FAST mnemonic: Face, Arm, Speech, and Time. If the face is drooping or movement is hindered on one side of the body or if the victim is having trouble with speech, they may be having a stroke. Heart attack symptoms often include chest pain, numbness, shortness of breath, and anxiety.
- Learn first aid
Knowing first aid procedures, such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), can help to save the lives of your loved ones and complete strangers. Learning the basics of first aid will not only help you to save lives, but will also help you to stay calm and approach medical emergencies with more confidence.
- Have medical information ready and available
Before a medical disaster strikes, have your medical information ready in a specific location. Having information about current medications, allergies, and medical conditions can help emergency personnel to provide prompt, effective treatment.
The Emergency Care services at Regional Medical Center of San Jose are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the men and women of our community. As the first medical center in the country to use the Rapid Medical Evaluation™ method of treatment, our patients are seen by a healthcare provider in half the amount of time than the country’s average wait time. To learn more about how our emergency facility can help diagnose your loved ones faster, contact our health line today at (408) 259-4000.
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