Medical Emergencies Series: Wrap Up

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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.

medical emergenciesFirst 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. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Hotels

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Reduce Risk & Negative Attention by Being Prepared 

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Tuesday we started our series by focusing on medical emergencies in schools, yesterday we focused on medical emergencies in places of worship, and today we will bring you tips on how to decrease risk of medical emergencies in your hotel. There are hundreds of rooms, a mass of guests, and only so many staff that are working at any given time. When you factor in the potential medical emergencies that could happen, heart attack, seizures, loss of consciousness, etc., the risk is significant. The good news though, is that there are precautions and procedures that you can put in place to decrease the severity of a medical emergency in your hotel. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Place of Worship

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Prepare Your Place of Worship for Medical Emergenciesshutterstock_268644275

Churches are made up of a variety of people with different backgrounds and have a wide range of age groups, from newborns to mature adults. With this stark difference in ages and general medical concerns for any person, it is important to be aware of medical emergencies that could happen in your place of worship. For instance, a child could have an allergic reaction, or an elderly person might experience a heart attack. Be prepared for medical emergencies in your place of worship by following these best practices.

Many children have food sensitivities and allergies to common items in our world which presents serious medical concerns for those caring for them. Before parents drop off new children, ensure you have important medical information by having parents fill out medical cards which includes allergies, asthma triggers and intolerances. Snack time is often part of a children’s church time, as is outside play, having this medical information can help reduce the risk of having a medical emergency with children in your place of worship’s care. Read More

Medical Emergencies Series: Schools

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cop car and busKnow How to Respond & What You Should Do

Peanuts, bees, shellfish, eggs, and milk. What do these all have in common? They are typically seen as trigger foods for allergies in children and adults alike. Most individuals are aware of their allergies, but they can be triggered at any time. Knowing how to respond and what to do during medical emergencies at your school can save the life of a student, a staff member or a parent.

Many students are on strict diets for food allergies and sensitivities, and must be aware of what they are putting in their body. Teachers have a large task of ensuring that younger children in their care are steering clear of any foods or animals that may cause an adverse, life threatening reaction. Teachers are typically well trained on these medical conditions and know how to react when a student presents symptoms. This not only includes food allergies, but also asthma and medical conditions such as seizures. Teachers know to get the students epi-pen or their inhaler and follow the instructions from there, but what if a teacher has a medical emergency, do students and other staff members know how to react? Read More