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Steps to Take In an Emergency Situation

You never know when you might find yourself in an emergency situation, as it’s impossible to plan for something that happens out of the blue. However, you can prepare yourself for how you will react should you find yourself in an emergency situation. In today’s post, we will provide you with five steps you can take in an emergency situation to help the victim.

At Bosco Training and Medical Supply, we aim to help individuals and employees better prepare themselves for medical emergencies. In addition to offering medical supplies that you should keep stocked in your home or office, we also offer first-aid courses both online and in-person to residents throughout Saint John and the surrounding areas. Explore our website to learn more and sign up for one of our classes today!

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Remain Calm

The first thing to remember when you find yourself in an emergency situation is to remain calm. Depending on the situation, it’s normal to feel scared or overwhelmed, but if you want to help the other person, it’s important to make sure that you are calm. If necessary, take a moment to breathe and count to 10 so that you are in a better headspace to proceed through the next steps.

Assess the Situation

Each situation is different, and in order to provide the best possible care or assist the victim to the best of your ability, you will first need to assess the situation. If you can, try to determine what happened. Did the victim have an allergic reaction? Did the victim fall down and hit their head? Observe as much as you can about the situation so that you can report them to emergency services. While you’re assessing the situation, you can also check to see if the victim is breathing and if they are responsive. If the victim is responsive, ask them what happened, their name, and what injuries they might be suffering from.

Call 911

Once you’ve assessed the situation, the next step is to call 911. While on the phone with the operator, provide them with the information you gathered while you were assessing the situation. The operator may ask you other questions about the surrounding area or the victim. Answer the questions to the best of your ability. When talking to the 911 operator, remember that it’s best to give as much information as you can so that they can send the proper responders.

Provide First-Aid

Depending on the situation, you may be able to perform minor first-aid on the victim. For example, if the victim has a cut that is bleeding profusely, you can tie a shirt or a strap just above the wound to help stop some of the bleeding. Additionally, you may be able to perform CPR if the victim is in cardiac arrest. If you’re unsure about what first-aid to give in an emergency, consider signing up for one of Bosco’s online training courses to ensure that you’re prepared for any situation.

Communicate With the Victim

If the victim is conscious and able to speak, try to keep them calm by talking with them until the emergency response team has arrived. Not only will communicating with them help them stay as calm as possible, but it can also divert their attention from the pain. Talking with the victim may also give you the opportunity to learn more information about them that could be useful when the emergency responders arrive.

Interested In Learning More?

At Bosco Training and Medical Supply in Saint John, we want residents, business owners, and employees to be prepared for any and all situations. Whether you come across an injured person on your walk home or someone at work suffers an injury, it’s important to know what to do. We’re proud to offer a variety of first-aid courses both online and in-person to help ensure that everyone is prepared. Explore our website to learn more, and when you’re ready, sign up for a class today!