Some Heart-Stopping Medical Emergencies that Could Happen at Home
August 12, 2019
Dr Adesewa Ademola shares practical information that can help in dealing with a medical emergency at home.
Dealing with medical emergencies is not always as ‘easy’ as it seems in popular TV shows or movies.
Relatives already go through a
Witnessing a life-threatening 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.
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:
A well-stocked first
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.
A decent first aid kit should contain many (if not all) of the following:
Follow the links below to read more about specific
It is important to remain calm when an emergency occurs and to act fast as any emergency can become life-threatening.
Editing by AskAwayhealth Team
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