Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with a loved one’s health emergency. As with anything unexpected, though, it’s always better to be prepared for something that never happens than not be prepared for something that could happen tomorrow. When a health emergency strikes, proper actions both during and after the emergency could literally be the difference between life and death. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to help both you and your loved one deal with the emergency in the best way possible.
Information Is Power
In determining the state of someone’s condition, details matter. Whether you call an emergency dispatcher or a doctor, they’re going to need details to determine the proper course of action for your loved one. That’s why it’s important to describe, as best you can, the symptoms that your loved one is experiencing.
If your loved one can talk, ask questions to help you better understand what they’re feeling. When on the phone, don’t leave out any details, no matter how small they seem. By themselves, some symptoms could be harmless, but in the presence of other symptoms, that symptom you thought was small could be what determines just how serious the emergency is. Effectively communicating this information to someone who can help could make all the difference in the treatment of your loved one.