Medical Emergencies

How do I report a medical emergency?

SGMC Paramedic Unit by John S. Quarterman

SGMC Paramedic Unit by John S. Quarterman

Call 9-1-1 in the US or Canada and call 1-1-2 in the UK

In order to report a medical emergency, you should immediately call the ambulance service. Secondly, inform them of the symptoms you see are happening to the victim. Third, you follow all the instructions given to you by the specialists. Finally, the ambulance should arrive and relieve you of the stress.

What do I do if I see someone having a heart attack?

Fire Department paramedics, 2000 by Seattle Municipal Department

Call 9-1-1 in the US/Canada or 1-1-2 in the UK

Try not to panic and call the emergency team

If you witness a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, immediately call 911 if in US/Canada, or 112 if in the UK. The team will come and help you deal with the problem do not try doing anything yourself unless told to.

Heart damage

If not treated within a specific time frame, the person can suffer from further heart damage that may be fatal. Some patients with heart attacks die before they reach the hospital so the number one rule is don’t panic and call right away!

What do I do if I get into an accident?

Car Accident by Morgan

Car Accident by Morgan

If you get into a car accident, remove yourself and your vehicle out of harm’s way. If you hit an object or obstruction, call the police, and they will come help you with the damage. If you have hit another vehicle, you must be in contact with the owner of the vehicle.

Reporting an accident

For parked cars, leave a note explaining the situation, and put your contact and insurance information. Hopefully the person will get in touch with you. For in-motion accidents, talk to the other person and figure out how you’re going to handle the situation—either out of pocket, or through your insurance companies.
Make sure to take photos of the damage, accident scene, location of accident, and any documentation to send to your insurance agent. You will need to report any and all accidents to them to get the situation settled.

How to Help Someone Who Is Having a Panic Attack

Witnessing someone having a panic attack can be pretty alarming. You want to help them out, but you may feel helpless and have no idea what to say in this type of situation. Not to worry – calming someone who is suffering from extreme anxiety can be a bit tricky, but as long as you act in a reassuring manner you have a better chance of guiding them to recovery.

First off, determine if the person is indeed suffering from a panic attack. Panic attacks can be quite distressing and last for about 5 minutes or more. They often happen without any warning and for no reason. The person suffering from a panic attack may experience palpitations or chest pain, rapid heart rate, rapid breathing, trembling, sweating, and dizziness. If this is the first time the person is having a panic attack, you should immediately seek medical attention, especially if they have other medical problems as well, like asthma or diabetes.

In order to help them calm down, take them to a quiet area and show them that they are safe. Ask them to remain still and speak in a reassuring manner. The worst think you can do is dismiss their fears. Never say something like “You have nothing to worry about” or “stop overreacting” – this will only make matters worse. Don’t patronize them; instead, keep telling them that everything will be alright, that they are safe, and that you don’t plan to leave their side anytime soon.

Another wise idea would be to focus on helping the person suffering from a panic attack regain control of their breathing. This will ease the symptoms and calm them down. If possible, get them to breathe in a paper bag. If not, try counting breaths aloud. Encourage the individual to breathe in for one second and then out for another second, then gradually increase the count to two seconds, three seconds and so on until their breathing is regular again.

The most important thing to remember if you ever find yourself trying to help someone having a panic attack: don’t leave their side. They might be rude and annoying, but understand that they are going through something and do your best to help. Leaving them alone will likely aggravate their symptoms. 

Even if you don’t find anything to say to calm them down, your simple presence may be enough. Just remember to stay calm yourself and call 911 if the individual isn’t feeling better after 10 minutes. 

How to Help Someone Who Is Having a Panic Attack

Witnessing someone having a panic attack can be pretty alarming. You want to help them out, but you may feel helpless and have no idea what to say in this type of situation. Not to worry – calming someone who is suffering from extreme anxiety can be a bit tricky, but as long as you act in a reassuring manner you have a better chance of guiding them to recovery. Continue reading