When you find yourself in an emergency situation, whether that means you’re dealing with someone else’s injuries or you’re the one who’s injured, how you respond matters a lot. A good and measured response will enable the medical professionals to do their jobs and to help remedy the situation faster.
No one wants or expects themselves to be caught up in a medical emergency situation, but these things do happen every day. They’re no less likely to impact you than anybody else, so it makes sense to think about how you should deal with these situations in an effective way.
Make a Concerted Effort to Stay Calm
The first and perhaps most important thing you can do when dealing with an emergency situation is to stay calm. When you are able to keep cool and look at the situation objectively, you’ll make far better decisions for everyone involved.
Of course, when someone is hurt and you have to think on the spot, staying calm and rational is not always the easiest thing in the world to do. However, if you force yourself to think analytically, you should be able to get it right.
Think Clearly and Seek Help
Thinking clearly will also be much easier for you if you stay calm. And you’re going to need to think clearly when you’re in an emergency situation and you need to help someone or even help yourself. First of all, you’ll need to seek help.
If someone is hurt or you’re hurt, calling an ambulance and making sure that you get access to professional and reliable medical support will be vital. Use the emergency number and explain the situation calmly in order to begin this process.
Check for Danger and Act Accordingly
Depending on the situation, there might be other dangers in the area. For example, in the event of a car accident, you should ensure that everyone is away from the crashed vehicles. There’s a chance of explosion when there are sparks and fuel near each other.
But each situation will be unique, so it’ll be up to you to think about what you should do to remove yourself and those around you from the danger of the situation. You’ll need to think clearly and analytically to do this.
If You’re Hurt, Take the Lead from Those Helping You
If you’re the person that’s hurt and injured in this situation, you’ll need to accept the help of people around you if there are other people there. Let them take the lead while you wait. Some people find it hard to do this but it’s vital.
Injuries can be made much worse when the injured person doesn’t listen to advice and tries to ignore their injuries. Don’t put yourself in that kind of situation because it really isn’t necessary.
Deal with Symptoms of the Injury if Possible
There might be symptoms and problems that can be dealt with. If someone is hit, they might experience swelling and controlling the swelling might be possible. Creating makeshift slings for injured arms might be possible as well.
In some cases, the treatment provided on the scene before the medics arrive might be more important. For example, if someone is bleeding, it’s vital to do everything possible to control and stem the bleeding as much as possible.
Don’t be Stubborn
If you’re hurt, you should avoid being stubborn or telling everyone that you’re fine when you’re really not. Ignoring serious injuries is never a good idea. Some people take a knock to the head and feel fine before experiencing major problems mater on.
That’s why it’s always so important to get checked out by a medical professional before you assume that everything’s alright because it might not be. Let the medics do their jobs and don’t make the situation more difficult for everyone than it needs to be.
The Injured Party Should Stay Largely Still Until Medical Support Arrives
If someone is injured and you’re supporting them, you should try to keep them as still as possible until they can be checked over by a medic who can assess their injuries. Of course, this isn’t always possible if they need to be removed from danger.
But if you can help it, you should always seek to keep them in position and not move them around too much because this often causes more problems and can exacerbate injuries.
Follow the Advice of the Medics
Once the medics are on the scene, you should make sure you listen to what they’re telling you to do. They should be the ones in control because they have the professional knowledge and experience required to ensure the right outcomes are reached.
The scene where the injury took place might also be visited by the police at this time if there’s something that needs to be investigated. Be sure to comply with all of the efforts being made by the emergency services because it’s in your best interests to let them do their jobs properly.
Follow a Structured Recovery Plan Afterwards
Once you’ve had the chance to be checked over by a doctor, you should follow the recovery plan they put in place for you. Again, it’s best to stick to what they tell you and not to assume that you know better than them because you probably don’t.
They’ll give you all the information and resources you need when you’re looking to overcome an injury. You’ll recover better and faster if follow the advice of your doctor and do the things they tell you to. It’s often also about not doing the things they tell you not to do.
If you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re having to respond to an emergency and deal with someone who has an injury, these are the things you need to think about and get right. If you do, you or the person who’s hurt will get the help and support they need faster and more smoothly.