Medical emergencies may arise due to various reasons and once that happens, it is necessary to have a structured way to circumvent such situations. One of the best ways to ensure patient safety and care during medical emergencies is contacting paramedics and ambulance services. Paramedics are trained personnel who assist patients in critical conditions. They have various degrees of training and the norm differ among different countries. Paramedics skills include advanced cardiac life support (ACLS), spinal injury management, fracture management, emergency vehicle operation, routine radio communication, etc.
Various jurisdictions have different paramedic training, leading to variations and specializations in various sectors of medical emergencies and services. Some of the fields include airway management, breathing, circulation, cardiac arrest, cardiac monitoring, drug administration, patient assessment etc. It is important that paramedics and the people providing patient transfer services have a professional training on all the above-mentioned fields. It ensures better medical emergency services.
Columbia Asia Hospitals provide assistance for medical emergencies through its paramedics and ambulance services. It has its branches at Bangalore, Kolkata, Mysore, Pune, Patiala, Ghaziabad etc. In Bangalore, Columbia Asia Hospital has its branches at Hebbal, Whitefield and Yeshwanthpur.
Procedures for Medical Emergencies & Patient Transfer Services
There are certain procedures that one needs to follow while seeking help from paramedics and ambulance services. Countries across the world have different medical emergency helpline numbers for emergency management. You need to use that facility immediately in medical emergencies. The following points should be kept in mind while doing so:
- It is natural to panic in such situations. The first thing that you need to do is get hold of yourself. Speak calmly and clearly when you call for help from emergency medical services.
- Describe the nature of the problem in brief and give all the details possible for the person in need of medical assistance.
- You should not hang up the call until and unless you are asked to do so by the dispatcher. The dispatcher might need more information from you to reach to you in the shortest given time.
- Know how to recognize emergency warning signs. Some of the medical emergency signs include sudden dizziness, shortness of breath, fainting, weakness, change in vision, severe pain in abdomen, bleeding, coughing blood etc. Make sure that you recognize these signs as early as possible and call for paramedics and emergency medical services accordingly.
- One of the most important thing to learn is, "what to do" and "what not to do" during medical emergencies. Knowing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and choking rescue procedures is important. On the other hand, you should never move a person who is unconscious or had an accident as long as he/she is not in danger, if not moved. That might cause more damage to the affected person and it is better for you to wait for paramedics to arrive and handle things.