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Chapter: HEALTH CARE TIPS : SAFETY AND FIRST AID

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Handling a medical emergency at home

Handling a medical emergency at home
HEALTH CARE TIPS : SAFETY AND FIRST AID

Keep the numbers of emergency services, such as your doctor, fire department and police, next to your phone. If your area is served by 911, call that number first.

 

Stay calm

 

Speak slowly and clearly when describing the incident.

 

Be exact about your location

 

Give your name, phone number, address, apartment number, city or town, and directions, including landmarks or cross streets.

  Describe the type of help you need

 

Is it medical, police or fire assistance?

 

  Give details about the victim's condition

 

Is the person bleeding severely? Choking? Unconscious? How long ago did the incident occur?

Describe first aid

 

If someone else is present and giving first aid, what kind is it? Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) or other emergency care?

 

Describe the victim's location

 

Is he or she in the upstairs bedroom? Downstairs on the bath-room floor?

Listen carefully

 

Then write down instructions. Ask the dispatcher to repeat the information.

Don't hang up too soon

 

Wait until the dispatcher tells you to hang up.

 

Make sure your house number is clearly visible

 

If it's dark, turn a light on outdoors to show your house number.

 

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