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Some Heart-stopping medical emergencies that could happen at home

Dr Adesewa Ademola shares practical information that can help in dealing with a medical emergency at home.


Whirl of red, yellow, orange colours, on a green/dark background like emotions swirling in a medical emergency.

Dealing with medical emergencies is not always as 'easy' as it seems in popular TV shows or movies.

Relatives already go through lot of emotional turmoil just seeing their family members injured in the hospital emergency department without experiencing the event first-hand.

Witnessing a lifethreatening emergency in a loved one is even more traumatic and a lot of people do not handle it well based on the emotional attachment involved.

Knowing what to do and acting quickly can be lifesaving in an emergency situation involving our friends and families.

Equally important is being careful not to put others in more danger while trying to help.

Friends and families are not expected to be medical experts, but most times in the first few moments, basic first aid intervention is what is needed.

Staying calm and collected is important because panic simply makes things worse.


How to prepare for a Home Emergency

This does not mean that one is being pessimistic or wishing ill on oneself or family.

Emergencies can happen ANYWHERE including the home.

Planning ahead is simply having the good sense to prepare for possible dangers to prevent them; or limit the impact IF they occur.

An important aspect of this is owning a home (or vehicle) First Aid Kit:

Building a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first-aid kit is a must in all homes as emergencies can never be predicted.

It is also important to replace an item that has been used up and gone past it's expiry date.

Having family members know basic first aid is useful because in most cases, what is done in the first few minutes (before accessing medical help) may make the difference in terms of speedy recovery and sometimes, life and death.

Components of a First Aid Kit

A decent first aid kit should contain many (if not all) of the following:

  •     Adhesive tape
  •     Alcohol wipes
  •     Allergy medicine
  •     Aloe vera gel
  •     Antibiotic ointment
  •     Bandages in different sizes
  •     Calamine lotion
  •     Cold packs
  •     Elastic bandages
  •     Gauze rolls and pads
  •     Hand sanitizer
  •     Hydrocortisone cream
  •     Latex-free gloves
  •     Pain relievers like acetaminophen, paracetamol and ibuprofen
  •     Saline wound wash
  •     Methylated spirit
  •     Scissors and tweezers

  • Get the important numbers of various emergency centres and paste it in a conspicuous area in the house and every member of the household should know. e.g. Ambulance number, Poison centre.
  • Even very young children can be taught national emergency numbers (where they exist), and to call them if something goes wrong.

Emergency scenarios that may happen at Home

Follow the links below to read more about specific scenarios.

  1. Ingestion of a Poisonous Substance
  2. Accidental Head Injury in Children
  3. Chest Pain in Adults
  4. Febrile Convulsion in Children
  5. Bleeding from Cuts or other injuries

It is
important to remain calm when any emergency occurs and to act fast as any
emergency can become life threatening.

Read More:

First Aid Kits (and how to make your own)

Dealing with Emergencies

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Editing by AskAwayhealth Team

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quality health care. The advice in our material is not meant to replace
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