No one wants to be put into an emergency situation–but chances are that it will happen to all of us and we need to be ready. Caretakers, parents and teachers in particular should be prepared for a possible emergency situation at any time. Here are some quick tips, resources and reminders that everyone can use.
CPaRlington: Learn Hands-Only CPR
Hands-only CPR is a method of resuscitation that everyone can remember and perform when faced with a medical emergency. If an individual collapses and does not have a pulse, you need to:
1. Call 911
2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest with both hands. Keep pressing rhythmically until the medics arrive and take over.
Watch this video about the Arlington Fire Department’s efforts to promote hands-only CPR:
You may have noticed in the video that a bystander ran to get an AED after the individual collapsed. In fact, the public has access to a number of AEDs placed around the City of Arlington. Do you know what an AED is? An Automatic External Defibrillator, or AED, is a life-saving defibrillation device that can be safely used on a heart attack victim. Go here to find out where they can be found around the city. If you are a caretaker, parent or teacher, we recommend that you become trained to use an AED properly. Classes for CPR and AED training can be found here.
Make Your Own First Aid Kit
Whether you are preparing for a weather emergency, a natural disaster or an accident at home, every family should have a complete first aid kit prepared ahead of time. Here is a list of everything the Red Cross recommends for your first aid kit. Please take a moment to print out this list and complete your kit.
Printable Safety Guides
Does your child have a severe food allergy? Does your child get regular ear infections? Do you often wonder when you need to worry about a fever? Check out these printable safety guides that you can keep on hand for those moments you worry about most.
Did you know that over 90% of poisoning happens in the home? If a family member consumes something they should not, call poison control at 1-800-222-1222 immediately. EMT responders call the same number for on-the-scene advice, too. We encourage every family to keep the number for poison control programmed into phones and posted prominently.
Get Organized Online
Don’t underestimate the power of technology and social media during an emergency. The American Red Cross suggests some ways to “Get Tech Ready” and make sure that your data and devices are ready ahead of time. This includes backing up important documents in a cloud drive and building groups of immediate contacts in Google+, Facebook and Twitter that you can access and use in an emergency situation. You should also follow important news sources and government associations for immediate local updates. Finally, upload any recommended mobile apps to your phone or mobile device.
Medical Center Arlington is here to assist our community with emergency preparedness and first aid. New parents, be sure to sign up for our Infant Care Class where we teach you important safety tips to remember when you bring your baby home. For a physician referral, please call 1-855-868-6262.