First Aid Tips for Emergency Situations

Emergency situations can happen in just a blink of an eye. This is why you must always be prepared for the worse. There should always be first-aid kits in your home and even car. First aid kits consist of: topical anesthetics, sunburn relief, thermal relief products, topical antibiotics, burn treatments, liquid bandages, covers and gauze, and adhesive bandages.This article will explain what to do in some different first aid related emergencies.

If you or a loved one gets a cut, you can stop the bleeding by applying pressure with a cloth. Make sure that the cloth is clean to avoid any infections. Then, clean the cut with water and cover it with a bandage. If the bleeding continues after a half hour, then seek medical assistance.

If you or a loved one ends up feeling dizzy or nauseous due to the heat, then step inside your home and take a cold shower. If this doesn’t help after an hour and are feeling much worse than you were before, it’s best to call a doctor.

Burns are also something that can happen in an instant. Less intense burns can be treated by placing the affected area under running water at a cool temperature, then cover it with a gauze bandage. More intense burns will need to be looked at by a medical professional. Either schedule an appointment with your doctor or go to the emergency room immediately.

Another emergency situation that can present itself is frostbite. The first thing that one should do if they get frostbite is to go inside a warm area and remove any wet clothes, then soak the infected areas with warm water. You will most likely be tempted to soak it with very hot water or rub it, but refrain from doing so. Wrap the area with sterilized bandages. If the area is completely discolored and has lost all sensation, then seek medical help.

Ingesting poison is another situation that might occur. Call the National Capital Poison Center Hotline at 1-800-222-1222 if the person affected is still stable. If they are unconscious, then call 911 right away.

When situations like these occur, it is best to always remain calm, asses the severity, and act fast. It’s recommended to additionally complete the ACLS training online.