Emergency situations usually seems fast-paced and frantic, and in the hype it might be difficult to adhere to a checklist. However, in order to make it easier for the paramedics on scene to assist you to the best of their ability, these are a few things to mention to them.
Most people who suffer from extreme allergies usually wear a medical bracelet, which states their allergy as well as the medication prescribed. However, this may not always be the case. As soon as your paramedic arrives to assess you or the person in trouble, let them know if you are allergic to any medications, so that they are aware which drugs they may or may not administer.
Always tell the paramedic who is tending to you about any conditions you may have, such as asthma or diabetes. This information helps the paramedics to better understand your current situation, especially of you may have collapsed due to high blood sugar, or something that is a side effect of your permanent condition.
Rod Brouhard, an emergency medical technician paramedic and author of ‘Life’s little Emergencies‘ says: It is important to keep certain medical information readily available in case of emergencies.”
The worst case scenario of an emergency ambulance response is that the crew knows nothing about the patient. The good news is that we train for that very scenario more than any other. Many of our patients come with very little information—sometimes not even identification—and can’t speak. We assess those patients as quickly and thoroughly as we can, treat life-threatening emergencies and transport them to the emergency department.
It is important to take personal identification along with you, as well as contact numbers for family and friends, especially in the event that you are unconscious or unresponsive. It is important that the paramedics can identify you and contact a loved one to join you at the hospital or at the scene.
Always be 100% honest with the paramedics when answering their questions. It doesn’t matter if the answer might seem embarrassing, they are always assessing the best way to help you, and your answers determine their scope.