Medical Emergencies Series: Wrap Up
Top 3 Tips for Preparing for Medical Emergencies
This week we have brought you a series on medical emergencies in different facilities. We started with schools, then discussed how to handle medical emergencies in your place of worship, and yesterday we brought you tips on how to prepare for medical emergencies at your hotel. Today we want to wrap up our series and give you some broad takeaways that will help any facility prepare for potential medical emergencies.
First and foremost, training is the most valuable preventative measure that any facility can have for any type of crisis or emergency. Because people rely on training and instinct during a crisis, having effective training will increase preparedness during a medical emergency. Train and certify all staff or designated team members on CPR and First Aid and the use of an AED, if applicable.
Having a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities decreases the chance of disorder that can happen when a medical emergency presents itself. Whether it be with teachers and staff, church safety team members, or staff at your hotel, hold meetings in which you discuss the roles and responsibilities of each person and how their role aids in a handling the emergency. If everyone performs their job properly, disorder is kept to a minimum.
If it is within your facilities means, consider acquiring an AED or defibrillator. They are statistically proven to increase the chances of survival following cardiac arrest and have been successfully used many times outside of healthcare facilities to save lives. If an AED is not within means, at least keep a well-stocked first aid kit that is in a central location and easily accessible.
Medical emergencies have the potential to happen at any time and in any place whether it be a teacher in the middle of instruction, a student that has a food allergy, a person who has a heart attack during a service time or a hotel guest that slips and falls. There is often no warning and very little time to react before deadly consequences happen. Having ample and effective training, a clear understanding of roles and responsibilities, and life-saving equipment can help your facility prepare for these unforeseen and scary circumstances. Share the types of procedures your facility has in place for addressing medical emergencies in the comment section below.