Things You Should Always Have Ready In Case Of Emergencies.
Friday, July 20, 2012
. Always keep you're telephones in proper working condition. Make sure that you're portable phones are charged, and that a phone is easily accessible.
. Always remember that you can dial 911 in an emergency , but it is also wise to keep a visible short list of telephone numbers somewhere in you're kitchen. I usually like to keep a cut out piece of a yellow paper poster. I usually use a black felt marker that is not to large. Write down the word , POLICE , and add the phone number as well. Write down the words, FIRE DEPARTMENT , and add the phone number to it as well. Write down PAREMEDICS AND AMBULANCE , and add the telephone number. You can add a few more telephone numbers if you wish like the phone number to a hospital, or to you're pharmacy. Pharmacies are convenient in providing information about drugs, and for easily ordering medications.
. If someone in you're family can walk, and can be brought to a hospital emergency room do you have a clear, and an easy path to you're car. Always keep enough fuel in you're car in case of emergencies as well. Keep you're car checked , and maintained at all times. Make sure it also always has enough coolant, and oil in it. Keep you're car in good condition. You're car is one of the most important items you must keep in proper working condition at all times.
. If a loved one can not walk, or can not be moved, do you have and easy path for paramedics to enter you're home with a gurney ? If you do not then you should have one at all times.
. Do you know a little bit about basic first aid ? Do you keep a box, or a case, or a medical emergency kit in you're home, or in , or near you're medicine cabinet ? Do you keep common things like you should such as bandage materials ? Do you keep antibiotic ointments for cuts ? Do you keep Band Aids ? Do you keep GAUZE ? Do you know how to stop excessive bleeding for a person that is injured ? If you do not, then learn things about bleeding , and how to help someone while paramedics are on their way to you're location. Simply stopping a person from excessive bleeding can save a life.
. What would you do for a person having a heart attack ? Learn CPR before you're put i a situation. Learn something about it. Remember that if you can, you need to somehow keep oxygen moving inside a body if a person stops breathing. Even if you are unable to get a person's heart to beat again, the movement of oxygen in the lungs may help protect the brain of the victim until the paramedics arrive. If the brain does not receive oxygen, brain cells will soon die, so you need to do as much as you can to reduce brain damage to a victim while you're waiting for paramedics.
. What would you do if you had to rush a heart attack victim to a hospital in you're personal car ? This is not a good idea, but if you have no choice then quickly try to get someone to ride with you to the hospital so that the victim can be receiving some kind of help while you're driving. Turn on you're emergency vehicle flashers , drive professionally, and get to the hospital as fast as you can, as safe as you can without injuring other motorists . If police stop you, pull over as soon as you can safely without causing a wreck, or injury to other motorists , and tell the police quickly that you need and escort to a hospital because you suspect that the person you're helping maybe having a heart attack. Police usually will want to help.
. Do you know the kind of medication everyone is taking in you're home ? Do you know how much of each medication is supposed to be taken by everyone in you're home ? This is vital , and important information to bring along for, and emergency victim. Even if you do not have time to grab the list, or the medication someone is taking, then you need to find out because the doctors will want to know as much as they can about their emergency patient. If someone else can bring it along somehow, this would be helpful to a physician, or physicians.
Stay calm, stay collected, be professional , and do what you need to get done to save a life, or lives. Every second, and every minute counts during an emergency.
. If you have to lift a person from a dead weight position, know how to do it properly so that you will not injure you're back. A person that is unconscious is dead weight. Get as much help as you possibly can to lift that person properly if you can not get and ambulance, or paramedics to help you fast enough. Get help to lift an individual if you can. I saved a sixteen year old girl . Fortunately she was not heavy , and I was young. I picked her up in a position to cradle her in both my arms, and then placed her in my mother's station wagon, and told her grandmother to brace herself for a high speed ride, and drove a screaming girl to a hospital at eighty five miles per hour with state troopers assisting me. I had the flashers of a station wagon car on . She had a ruptured appendix. Every minute was important because I knew she could die quickly, and with God's help we got her to the hospital . The emergency physician saved her . The physician told me that had I been five minutes longer she would not have survived .
When I was young I was and active boy. I did something like seventy five push ups a day. I was a farm boy too. I carried bushels of cucumbers on my shoulders , and about two hundred pounds of potatoes accross acres of land. My arms , and shoulders were in great shape. I was also a motorcyclist.
One day I was sitting in mom's house. I saw an elderly lady screaming , and running by the side of our highway in front of our home, and she was waving her arms, and hands all around . The lady was trying to summon help for her extremely ill grand daughter. I ran to the lady , and she quickly told me what was wrong. I asked my mother if I could use her station wagon, and mom approved of it. I brought the grand daughter to the emergency to a charity hospital. That was a wonderful day.
In a cemetery lies my aunt Sarah. If she was alive today she would probably be in her nineties in years. I never knew her, and I never met her because she died at a very young age, and you will not believe this, but she died of a ruptured appendix. Unfortunately she died during a time of horses, and wagons. Sarah was a girl that could not walk. My mother was a young girl when Sarah died. My mother often carried her younger sister on her shoulders because they Sarah did not have a wheelchair.
Back in the old days people died more easily, and of simple things because doctors were not easy to get too by poor folks that only had horses, or wagons. Maybe there were a few cars back then, but my grandfather, and grandmother definitely did not have one. Grandma died in a strawberry shed after packing, and sorting berries all day long. She died in my mother's arms.
Mom told me about Sarah, and how she died because of a ruptured appendix. When I took care of my father's grave, I would pass by Sarahs grave, and I never forgot my aunt that I never knew. In all my life I never wanted anyone to die like Sarah did. She died only because there was no way to help her to get to a doctor fast enough.
The girl that I brought to a hospital was named Carolyn. She grew up to live her life, and she got married , and raised a family of her own.
Planning ahead can save lives. Be prepared to have good access to you're home by paremedics. Keep your cars running well. Learn something about first aid. Keep a first aid kit. Keep phones handy. Figure out what is best , and safest for you're family, or friends during and emergency. Learn CPR, or study it, or watch films about it. Keep a few first aid books around you're home.
As both a volunteer, and paid deputy sheriff, and police officer, and security officer, there were times in my life when we had to help bring blood to hospitals in emergency situations. I use to give my own blood freely to hospitals to help other people. I can not do that anymore because I am a diabetic.
God Bless Everyone.