Wednesday, May 15, 2013

How Can You Help In An Emergency And Provide Critical Information To Help The Emts?

If you happen to be in the vicinity when an accident or any other emergency occurs and you are a certified CPR provider, then you should not hesitate in helping the victim as your timely response can save a life or lives.

How to help in an Emergency?

There are a few things to keep in mind before you jump in start CPR such as:
  • First calm yourself, then others
You should be in perfect control of your emotions and senses before you take charge of the situation. Being a nervous wreck will not help the victims. Take a few calming deep breaths and then proceed to the scene with confidence and authority.
  • Clear the scene of observers
Introduce yourself and inform the crowd that you are there to help the victim. Observe the whole scene and decide who is helping and who is not. Politely ask the bystanders who are in the way to leave or move to at least fifteen yards away from the victim so you can provide uninterrupted care.
  • Check to see if the victim is breathing
Quickly assess the patient and check for a pulse and signs of breathing. If you can find none, then position the patient to start CPR and ask a bystander to call 911.
  • Provide CPR if needed
Start compressions and continue for a whole cycle of thirty compressions and switch with any other person who is certified. If not, continue compressions until the EMT’s arrive on the scene. After each cycle of compression, check the patient for any signs of breathing before starting the next cycle of compressions.

Critical Information to be Provided to the EMT

Remember the details of the scene
When the EMT’s arrive on the scene, they will question you and ask you for any details about the patient to help save the patient’s life. So, it is very important for you to keep track of the events that occurred from the time you became a part of the scene. You should be able to narrate to them what happened and when, such as how the patient was found, was the patient breathing when you found him or her. What was the color of the patient’s complexion and were you able to find a pulse?

Remember the details of the care given
You should also remember the details of the care you provided such as when did you start CPR. How many cycles of compressions did it take to revive the patient or if the patient remained unresponsive, how many cycles of compressions were administered in total. All this information is vital to the treatment that the doctor will undertake at the hospital.

Quiz the family members
If there are any family members of the victim, they should be interviewed to find out about any medications that the victim was using, and any known medical conditions. The family can also help by providing information about who is the victim’s doctor and also any other medical history that is of concern. Also, remember to check the patient for any medic alert bracelet which will have the medical information about the patient.

In addition to this, if you are really interested in providing emergency care, you can enroll in an EMT program and become an emergency medical responder or technician. The future for an EMT is very promising and in constant demand because we live in an accident prone age and environment. With the elderly continuing to live past a ripe old age, the calls to 911 has increased as they live on their own and are at risk for falls and injuries, requiring help from EMT’s to rush them to the emergency room. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an EMT earns $30,360 annually which is about $14.60 per hour. This profession is expected to grow at 33% which is phenomenally higher than the other professions.

Author bio: Ralph Coleman is an experienced writer who writes informative articles for healthcare professionals aspiring to get recertification or certification in PALS and ACLS courses. These articles are the go-to resource for online healthcare courses; they also break the latest healthcare news through their informative articles.

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