Most people never think about what they would do if they encountered a medical emergency. Even if you lack formal training, knowing what to do – and sometimes more importantly what not to do – in specific life-threatening emergency scenarios can help you save your own or another’s life. At the very least you won’t be making the situation worse by doing the wrong thing.
Neck or Spine Injuries
As a general rule, if there is a possibility of the victim having a spinal cord injury to the back or neck, you should never move that individual. There are, however, exceptions to most rules, and this rule is no different. If there is immediate physical danger such as an imminent building collapse or explosion, vehicle fire, rising flood waters, or other outside hazard, carefully remove the individual from the impending disaster area in a way that minimizes any head or neck movement.
Injuries Caused by Foreign Objects
In case of impalement, stabbing, gunshot, or embedment of another projectile never remove the embedded object from the wound. Leave it intact within the victim and immobilize it if at all possible. Removing it could not only cause more internal damage, but it could also cause the injured individual to bleed out prior to receiving medical care.
Don’t Let It Bleed
When there is severe bleeding do not let the wound bleed in an attempt to prevent infection. This could cause unnecessary blood loss and possibly death before the blood volume can be replaced. Always keep physical pressure on a wound that is pumping or spurting until professional medical assistance can be obtained.
Refuse to Play Doctor
Don’t administer medication to yourself or anybody else who is experiencing a medical emergency. An incorrect conclusion reached by an untrained layman could complicate diagnosis and treatment by medical professionals. The one exception to this rule is immediately taking an aspirin if you suspect a coronary event. Typical heart attack symptoms can include chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath, sweating, nausea, and pain in the jaw or arm.
Don’t Do Nothing
Never delay calling for help or going in because you’re embarrassed or scared. Delaying treatment could not only cause additional complications during management of the injury or illness, but it could lead to an otherwise preventable death in many instances.
While major traumas require immediate transportation to the closest emergency room, a minor emergency can be treated by competent medical staff at an immediate care clinic. From Macon to Valdosta, the doctors at AppleCare are there when you’re in need of a minor emergency clinic in Georgia. Visit our website for more information or contact us today.