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Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Medical Emergencies, Here's How you can Deal with Them

Know exactly what to do the next time you or your loved one has a medical emergency.

Tips for Parent By Bhadra Kamalasanan / May 24, 2014

Don't Turn a Blind Eye to Medical Emergencies

A medical emergency is what it says it is: an unforeseen crisis that can strike any time. Medical emergencies are excruciatingly unpredictable and what’s worse is that there is no way that you can spend a life without even for once experiencing one.  It is therefore, vital for you to be vigilant at all times. To be always prepared for a safe way out from an emergency, keep these things in mind.

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Have your Personal Details on you

You must carry a card in your purse or wallet with your personal details such as contact number, address, whom to contact in case of emergency, list of medicines you have been taking, history of allergies, blood group, etc.

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Keep a First-aid Box fully equipped

Every place that you go to, be it your office or home, make sure that it has a fully equipped first-aid box. A basic first-aid box contains a burnol, an antiseptic solution, gauze, sterile cotton, roller bandage, adhesive medicated plasters, pain killers and scissors. When you gather these supplies make sure that their expiry date has not passed. Having these in the first aid box will help you deal with burns, minor wounds and cuts.

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Never let the Medicine Cabinet Empty

Make sure that you keep all the medicines in your cabinet and have enough medicines to help you last for a week.  This can help you address situations like medicines going out of stock at the pharmacy or you having to go out of station suddenly.

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Store Important Numbers on Speed Dial

Store a list of important numbers on your phone so people attending to you during an emergency can get in touch with the necessary people. The numbers could be that of the hospitals close to where you live, numbers of your neighbours, numbers of your immediate family members if you live with them, numbers of ambulance services, your doctors’ numbers, etc. Let your family members know about these numbers so that they are prepared in case of an emergency.

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Keep Medical Records Safe

Never throw away your medical records and other such papers that list your medical history. Keep a dedicated file of all the prescriptions and records of illnesses. And this file will include everything that you have ever received upon visiting the doctor’s clinic/hospital such as CT scans, x-ray films, dug prescriptions, etc.

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Know how to behave in an Emergency Room

An emergency room is not the place to panic in. In fact, even the Lotus Temple will tolerate the sound of a pin’s drop, but the emergency room would not. So if you happen to find yourself in the emergency room, make sure that you are calm and composed at all times. The doctor will take down the patient’s medical history and details about the present health.

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Train yourself about the Basics of Life Support

You must train yourself in some basic life support techniques. Even though it may sound useless to you to really spend some time learning them because you hardly come across a situation to apply them to, you’d be surprised to know that these basic life support methods are more commonly used than drugs in the hospitals. One of the most basic life support technique is the CPR and this technique can really save a life especially if you are dealing with an unresponsive person who has stopped breathing or whose heart doesn’t seem to be beating.

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Invest in Medical Insurance

When people are young, they hardly care about investing in life insurance because the prospect of a health problem striking them is rather obscure and invalid for them. However, the best thing to do today when the healthcare costs are rising is to invest in insurance right from when you turn into an adult. There are several health insurance options available and you can ask your agent for the suggestions. Also, make sure that you are well aware of the terms and conditions of the insurance policies. Carry the TPA card in your wallet at all times.


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