In a life-threatening emergency, every second counts. There are many medical conditions that can become serious in a short period of time. Learning the signs and symptoms of a life-threatening emergency can help you seek help if you (or another person) need it. Here’s what to look out for.
What is a Medical Emergency?
A medical emergency is any situation that requires urgent medical care. This includes accidents, injuries, illnesses, and other situations. Sometimes, people will have medical emergencies due to pre-existing conditions, such as diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy. In other situations, the issue will be acute. It might also be unexpected. Click here to learn more about recognizing a medical emergency.
Is It Life-Threatening?
Life-threatening medical emergencies are severe situations that can be quite scary. Accidents or injuries that lead to loss of consciousness, impaired cognition, blood loss, head trauma, and/or breathing problems can all potentially be life-threatening. Additionally, severe pain (especially head or chest pain) can be a sign of something dangerous.
What To Do
If you think you are experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening emergency, then it’s important to call 911 immediately. These professionals can help you determine the severity of the situation and what you should do next. If you are trying to help someone who is experiencing an emergency, be sure not to move the person. Talk with other witnesses to get a better picture of what has happened. Make sure to clearly explain the situation and your location to emergency services.
The Bottom Line
Urgent medical situations require urgent care. By calling 911, you can help people get the care they need as quickly as possible. It’s also important to know the location of a nearby emergency room. Then, if you find yourself needing care, you will know exactly where to go.
Emergency Services You Can Trust
Emergency Hospital Systems offers full-service ER care for patients in the Houston area. From emergency room care to specialist appointments, our team is here to help you manage every aspect of your health. Click here to find an EHS location near you.