What to do during a health emergency

People may become more distressed if they see images of a disaster over and over again in the media. Early on, consider limiting the amount of exposure you and your loved ones have to media coverage.

Some preteens and teens react to trauma by behaving badly. This might include reckless driving, or using alcohol or drugs. Other preteens and teens may be afraid to leave their home. They may also spend less time with their friends. They may feel overwhelmed by their intense emotions and be unable to talk about them. Their emotions may lead them to have more arguments and even fights with their siblings, parents or caregivers, or with other adults.

What not to do in an emergency first aid situation

Being in an emergency situation can cause panic thinking and actions can reveal disastrous results. Instead of reacting immediately to a situation, take the time to calm down. Take a deep breath before taking any action.

Things change suddenly in emergency situations. Don’t panic if you feel you can’t handle it. Things suddenly go in a different direction than you expected. Take the time to pause whenever you are overwhelmed, panicked or confused. If you need to stop in the middle of an action to calm down, that’s okay.

If you can’t retrieve the first aid kit, consider what other items in your immediate vicinity might be good substitutes. You should have a first aid kit in your home, and your workplace is required by law to maintain a first aid kit. A good first aid kit should also have a “space blanket,” which is a lightweight piece of special material intended to conserve body heat.

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Chest pain, choking, bleeding, fainting, convulsions, all these are some emergency situations that can occur suddenly. After all, emergencies happen anywhere – at playgrounds, on a city street, in the supermarket, at home.  If you see someone in one of these emergencies, how would you react? Do you know what steps to take to perform first aid?

Very often, people hesitate to get involved in an emergency situation. It’s not so much that they don’t want help, but that they are worried about doing something wrong. The first thing to know is the basics: Call 911 or 105. Don’t wait for the emergency to get worse. If you call too late, things may get out of control.

Even people who have never taken a CPR course can help. While you wait for the ambulance to arrive, the same operator can give you instructions on how to perform CPR. The easiest thing he or she will tell you to do is chest compressions. This is better than doing nothing.

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The most important thing you can do is to stay calm and control the situation. Sometimes there is nothing you can do, and that’s okay. Don’t worry about admitting there is nothing you can do to help.

2 – Take the time to think before you act.  Being in an emergency situation can trigger panicked thoughts and actions. Instead of reacting to a situation, take the time to calm down. Take a deep breath before taking any action

4 – Ask basic questions of the injured person.  It is important to discern the victim’s mental state to better understand the person’s injuries. If the person seems confused by the question or gives an incorrect answer, this may suggest additional injuries. If you are unsure if the victim is unconscious, tap the victim’s shoulder. Shout or ask loudly, “Are you okay?”[11].

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5 – Use the phone only to call for help.  You must give your full attention to the current situation, and talking on the phone is a distraction. Also, if you have an older model phone, the emergency dispatcher may be trying to reach you. Stay away from the phone unless you are calling for help.[13] Keep your attention away from the phone unless you are calling for help.

By Rachel Robison

Rachel Robison is a blogger who collects information on court filings and notices.