Tips to Save Your Life
- by onRoute
- Mar 13, 2013
- Prevention is Better than Cure. Drivers should practice safe driving protocol as habit rather than applying it over long distance drives only.
- Stay Calm. A collision can be an ordeal. Rapid breathing automatically increases the pulse rate and hyperventilation can cause excessive blood loss from an open wound – so keep calm.
With more than a decade of providing real help, real fast in the pre-hospital emergency sector of South Africa, ER24 provides valuable pointers that could save your life after an accident.
- Call for Help. Activate emergency medical services as soon as possible, when necessary.
- Listen to your Body. Reacting to pain and sensation in a cautious manner may save your life. Small signs and symptoms may be indications of more serious injuries and should never be disregarded.
- Carry Identifying Documentation. Being involved in an accident may render you unconscious or unable to communicate. Crucial information such as medical history, medications, allergies and personal information need to be documented. An ICE (In Case of Emergency) number should be saved on your phone where info can be obtained once dialled. Or keep an Emergency USB device on your keychain that carries the information digitally.
- Remain Cautious. A collision can seriously alter surrounding traffic which may mean an unpredictable flow around the scene. Always exercise caution when exiting the vehicle and moving around an accident scene.
- Neutralize your vehicle. Just because the accident has rendered the engine out of order does not mean the vehicle is unable to move. Secure the hand brake and turn the ignition off completely.
- Think Before Moving. Certain injuries can only be diagnosed with the use of equipment such as x-ray machines. Exercise caution by accepting treatment and stabilization from on-scene personnel.
- Always Verbalize your Injuries. Patients are sometimes reluctant to inform paramedics of certain medical conditions or injuries sustained in a collision. These valuable pieces of information are vital for accurate treatment.