Everyone should have an emergency plan in place in case of an unexpected situation. Emergencies come in many forms, but a good plan can help ease anxiety. If you suffer from any major health issues, it is even more important that you have plans in place in case of emergencies.
You should begin with a complete first aid kit at home and understand how to use every item inside it. Many people take a first aid courses, having training and good understanding will help during an emergency.
The kit should be readily accessible to everyone in the house, but kept out of easy reach of children. A first aid kit and emergency plans could very well mean the difference between saving and losing a life.
If you have a serious medical condition such as diabetes, you need to stock extra medicine and working medical devices. You must always have a working blood glucose monitor and test strips on hand to test blood sugars.
Your doctor can play a critical role in setting up your plan. He can suggest steps that you may not consider, can give you written material to help you properly plan and can answer questions if you are unsure of what to do.
When you live with others, it is vital that everyone knows how to handle any emergencies that may happen. You should show them how to treat your condition. In an emergency the other people you live with will help you. But if you live alone, you will have to take action yourself.
Obviously the first task is to call 911 to get an ambulance on the way. You need to help yourself as much as possible. Calling an ambulance is even more important, of course, but you have to treat yourself until they get there, if you possibly can.
If you take medication and have a chronic medical conditions, you should have a detailed list prepared that an ambulance personnel or a doctor in the hospital can read. The list will help them see if you have any allergies and know your medical history. Having this list ready can be critical, especially if you are unable to talk or are unconscious. If you don’t have such a list, the treatment that you are going to receive could very well cause further problems.
Medical emergency planning is essential for all households, because you never know when something may go wrong unexpectedly and quick, immediate action can potentially save your loved ones’ lives.