911: What to do in an Emergency

In an emergency, communication and diligence are essential to cope with the situation.  Not only how fast the treatment is given, but also to judge the situation as soon as possible to decide a list of priorities.  In general, it is necessary to have a good common sense and to follow the described steps herein.

 

  • Keep calm.
  • Check if the place is safe and the victim is conscious or unconscious.
  • Call 911 if the child:


              Is not responding         

              Is bleeding profusely

              Feels pain or pressure in the chest area

              Vomits blood

              Present blood in urine or fecal aces

              Feels pain or pressure in the abdomen

              Presents seizures or heavy headache

              You believe the child is poisoned

              Has head, neck or back trauma


  • Make sure that the victim and you are out of danger, specially in a street accident
  • If there are more than one victim, decide who requires urgent attention
  • Follow the steps systematically herein:


              Open the air ways to make sure the victim is breathing

              Apply CPR procedures if required and know how to

              Stop hemorrhages immediately

              Place the victim in a comfortable position

              First aid to burns

              Check for signals: cough, breath, movement

              Do not let the child suffer cold or heat in excess

              DO NOT move the victim, if you suspect a vertebral injury