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An emergency is a serious condition which requires immediate medical attention. Knowing what to do and how to react before the emergency medical services arrive will help you manage the situation in a much better way. But not everyone knows how to handle such situations, which is why Star Hospitals will give you a few helpful tips.

Few examples of medical emergencies are burns, poisoning, injuries, bleeding, strokes or severe allergic reactions.

Tips that will help you prepare for emergency situations:

  • Call for medical emergency services right away!

    Help can take some time to arrive, so make sure to call for an ambulance as soon as you see someone who needs medical attention. We provide quick and effective emergency services at Star Hospitals.

  • Stay calm and composed:

    A medical emergency can be a very alarming situation, and can make anyone anxious. The most important thing to do during an emergency is to maintain a calm and composed demeanour. You must remember to take deep breaths to relieve the anxiety.

  • Improve your knowledge:

    Knowing the symptoms of some of the common emergencies can be the key to saving someone’s life. Seizures, breathing difficulties, heart attack, stroke, traumatic head injuries, and burns are some of the most common medical emergencies that you must know about.

Common medical emergencies:

  • Heart attack:

    The first few minutes are extremely critical in case of heart attacks. For heart attacks, the patient must be given an aspirin to chew on, if they are not allergic to it. If the victim is having a cardiac arrest(unconsciousness or no breathing), only then CPR is required. Acting on time can drastically improve the chances of survival.

  • Seizures and strokes:

    Make sure that the patient is not surrounded by any dangerous objects and check breathing in case of a seizure. The symptoms of stroke include arm and facial weakness, severe headache, dizziness, blurred vision and slurred speech. Immediate medical help is required in case of these symptoms.

  • Burns:

    Depending on the burns, the first aid may vary. If it is due to an electric shock, the power must be switched off before rescuing the victim. If it is due to spillage of chemicals, it must be cleaned with a gloved hand or cloth. If it is due to heat, cold water must be poured until the pain is gone.

  • Breathing difficulties:

    If the victim is finding it difficult to breathe, he/she must be taken to an open space. If they are wearing tight clothing, the same must be loosened immediately.

In case of emergencies, you must make sure to call for emergency services before starting any kind of First Aid. Specialists are present for emergency services at Star Hospitals at all times for such procedures.


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