Many have lost their lives to medical emergencies that could have eased their pain or at least prolong their chance of survival. This often happens for reasons such as inaccessibility to proper health care or far distance from hospitals. Learning these basic tips could give someone a chance to live.
Common medical emergencies include:
🔸 Syncope (fainting)
Bleeding: this can result from cuts, wounds or accidents.
🔸Apply pressure on the site with a tissue, clean cloth.
🔸Apply ice or cold water. This will constrict the blood vessel to minimize the bleeding.
🔸Elevate the site that is bleeding.
🔸Most cuts and wounds should stop bleeding within 10minutes if not, seek medical care.
🔸Incase of an internal bleeding, the victim should be laid down with legs above the level to the heart, and then rushed to rushed to the nearest hospital.
Syncope (fainting): this occurs when a person loses consciousness because enough oxygen is not getting to the brain.
🔸Raise the feet above the level of their heart.
🔸Remove or loosen tight clothing and fittings. This helps the blood circulate easily and ensure appropriate oxygen distribution.
🔸Fan the victim. Kerp him lying down or sitting for at least 10-15 minutes.
🔸If he/she does not wake up, rush them to the nearest hospital.
Respiratory difficulties: this can come in form of choking or strangulation
When a victim is strangled of breath or even loses consciousness,
🔸Put an ice pack on his neck for about 10-15minutes
🔸 Put a thin cloth between the ice and the victims skin.
🔸Seek for medical care
For a victim who drowned in water, check if he's still breathing or not.
🔸If still breathing, place him on his side to prevent potential aspiration (fluid or water being drawn back to the lungs) which can cause death
🔸If not breathing, begin chest compressions
🔸In both cases, seek for urgent medical care.
Fracture (broken bones)
🔸Remove clothing off the area.
🔸Apply an ice pack wrapped in cloth.
🔸Do not move/ reposition the limb
🔸Get medical care.
🔸Giive the victim enough space/air to breathe.
🔸Lie and ease the person on the floor.
🔸Turn the person gently on one side to aid breathing.
🔸Remove or loosen tight fittings especially around the neck and chest.
🔸Seek medical care
These medical emergency tips are in no way substitute for seeking proper health care. Don't hesitate to take the victim to the hospital once you've played your part. No medical emergency is too small to be taken less serious, just as no life can be said to be small.
Save a life❣️
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