Most people panic in an emergency as they are unprepared and unsure of handling such situations. Being prepared helps you to be in control of the situation and be focused on doing what is needed at that moment.
If you are in an emergency, contact 995 for Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF).
A medical emergency is a sudden illness that requires immediate medical attention. It is essential for you to recognise a medical emergency situation.
Most people panic in a crisis situation, as they are unprepared and not sure how to handle such emergencies. Being prepared helps you to be in control of the situation, and be focused on doing what is needed at that moment.
Call 995 for an ambulance
When you call an ambulance:
Carry your loved one’s personal documents such as identification card and hospital discharge summary in case he/she needs to be admitted. Photocopy important documents (such as current and past medical records, test results, and Advance Care Plan) so that you can give emergency personnel this information while keeping the originals.
Contact Details Keep a list of contact details of your family members as well as healthcare professionals. You can prepare this list on your mobile phone or make a list separately.
Warning Signs Ask your healthcare provider for emergency warning signs. Write them down and place on the refrigerator or emergency area in the house. Ensure that all family members know these warning signs.
Reminders Leave a gentle reminder with the following points in the emergency area so that everyone remembers what to do. This includes the following:
Do you know
first aid is immediate help given to a person who is injured or has suddenly taken ill
before the arrival of medical aid?
While it is important to get a healthcare professional for serious emergencies, you can keep yourself prepared for minor injuries and issues. Most home emergencies involving seniors are falls from walking, weakness, or giddiness, resulting in cuts or bruises. This makes it useful to know First Aid skills, so you can provide basic medical care for your elderly loved one. You can learn these lifesaving skills through these
first aid courses.
Get a pre-packed first-aid kit at your nearest pharmacy. Check your first-aid kit regularly to ensure that expired medications are disposed appropriately, and the important items are inside.
In some emergencies, you may need to administer emergency cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). You may contact the
Singapore Red Cross Society for information on first aid and CPR courses and first-aid kits.
Source: Singapore Red Cross Academy
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