It’s always a good idea to be safe than sorry which translates into being prepared in advance for any uncertainty that awaits us in the future. We all love control but some things in life are out of bound for us and hence, uncontrollable. Here are five ways that will prepare you for any health emergency that will get you off guard, in the future:
- Be Aware of the Possibilities
The first step to be well prepared for any medical emergency is to know what could potentially happen. This has a lot to do with your surroundings so for instance, if your kids are playing around the fireplace, you know they are prone to burns or if you’re around sharp objects, you’re fairly certain of the possibilities that might occur. With that said, be observant and well aware of your surroundings.
In addition to that, in case you’re travelling, be mindful of the regional health risks and plan ahead.
- Carry the Essentials
Another important way to prepare you for the worst is carrying a first aid kit. The first aid kit must have products that are clean, safe to use and easily accessible. Your first aid kit must include the following items:
- Alcohol Cleansing Wipes
- Eye Wash and Eye Bath
- Antiseptic Cream
The supplies listed above would help you manage the situation while the emergency help is on its way. Make sure you have the kit at all places you spend significant time in; it might include your home, car and even the work place.
- Consider Training and Tele Health Applications
It is difficult to know where and when the emergency takes place and in such cases, medical training comes handy. A medical training would be far more useful than any other option as it would make you well aware of how to react and more importantly, stave off the worst risk of an emergency.
It is definitely worth your while to be a part of CPR training or just any local first aid course. American Red Cross engages in providing basic first aid training all across the United States. They have a variety of certifications which include First Aid Training, Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Training, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Training and Swimming and Water Safety Training.
With that, there are various Tele Health platforms which enable remote healthcare. Tele medicine makes it possible for professionals to treat the patients via their computers or even smartphones. These platforms are fairly beneficial for both parties i.e. patients as well as doctors. Patients get the needed treatment at any time of the day or even the year (Holiday Season etc.) whereas, for doctors, Tele Health platforms have increased their scope of work. Few of the most renowned Tele Medicine Soft wares out there which you should download on your phone, are:
- Intelligent Medical Software
- Thera Platform
- Cloud Clinic
- Avizia ONE
- Know the closest Medical Centre
Needless to say, you must know the closest medical center to where you are. This is fairly important as most of us are much more aware of the neighborhood of where we reside and not necessarily where our kids go to school or even our workplace. It is vital to know where a hospital is, to be prepared in case of an emergency. Furthermore, if you’re in another country or even another State, it is important to use applications like that of Google Maps that help you spot nearby hospitals.
- Emergency Contacts
If something happens to you or your loved ones and if you’re unable to call your emergency contact, carry a card with all your emergency contacts. In addition to that, since we always have our cellphones with us, it is important that your emergency contact is saved the right way in your cell phone.
Someone trying to help you will be unable to access your phone given the locked screen. To get rid of this problem, you can set the emergency contact information as your lock screen. With that, there are various applications for smartphones, which enable their users to create a medical ID with the option of being accessible even when your phone is locked.
Furthermore, if you have any other medical conditions like that of allergies etc., it is imperative you list them down in your notes and set them as your lock screen as well. So that the physician who helps you is well aware of your situation and hence, treats you accordingly.
Medical emergencies catch us off guard at a time and places we least expect them. They can easily make you panic. Which is why it’s important for you to stay calm, so that you can make the appropriate decisions in the heat of the moment and actually be useful.
Zyana Morris is a passionate blogger who loves to write on Technology and health & fitness related topics. In spare time she plays tennis and enjoys reading novels.