Acting Fast in a Medical Emergency

Medical emergencies are injuries or illnesses that can cause lasting harm or even death if prompt emergency care in a hospital setting is not provided. A medical emergency can occur at any time and happen to anyone, regardless of their age or their current health. Knowing what to do during a medical emergency can help you stay calm and act quickly in these situations.

Know How to Reach the Hospital

Because every minute counts during a medical emergency, it’s a good idea to know how to reach the hospital from your home. Learning this route will ensure you won’t need to look up directions or risk getting lost when time matters most. However, if you are experiencing a medical emergency such as a heart attack or stroke, it’s always best to call 911, rather than try to drive to the hospital yourself.

Learn CPR

CPR, or cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is a lifesaving procedure used when the heart or lungs stop functioning. Learning CPR is simple and classes are often available at hospitals and clinics to provide certification in this effective technique. Enrolling your family in a CPR class will ensure that everyone you love knows when CPR is appropriate and how to administer it in a serious emergency.

Create a First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can provide the tools you need to take action during a medical emergency until professional help can be sought. A basic first aid kit should include sterile bandages, antiseptic, a blanket, non-latex gloves, scissors, aspirin, and a first aid instruction booklet.

The Emergency Department at Riverside Community Hospital is proud to provide fast, efficient, and cutting-edge emergency care services to our community. Our heart hospital in Riverside is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and a Certified Primary Stroke Center, as well as a paramedic base station and an emergency helistop. You can find out more about our emergency services or check the current average ER wait time on our website, or call (951) 788-3463 for answers to your healthcare questions.

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