Medical emergencies are no fun, and even though you may do your best to prevent them, they still somehow end up happening.

This is especially true if you have an older parent living at home with you or home alone that you care for.  Fortunately, you don’t have to start planning for a medical emergency the moment one happens. 

medical emergencyBy thinking ahead a little bit, you can prevent the worst consequences that may result from a medical emergency. 

Here are some things you can do to reduce the effects of an unexpected, and unwelcome, medical emergency

  1. Make sure someone in your household knows CPR.  Even though an ambulance can arrive at your residence in ten minutes or less, that is enough time to cause permanent and disabling damage, and CPR can prevent that. 

If there are other people living in your household, have them take a CPR class.  They don’t have to become experts at performing the procedure, but the little bit of help they can offer for just a few minutes can mean the difference between life and death or severe disability and minor injury.  

  1. If you have young children at home, make sure they know how to dial 911 and when to call. Remember, even though it is just a minor amount of time saved if your child knows how to dial 911 rather than finding an adult to do it, this minor amount of time can really make a huge difference in the effects of your medical emergency
  1. Eat healthy and exercise.  These two points are mentioned along with just about every imaginable health condition.  But, their long-term effects really do add up when it comes to preventing a medical emergency. 

Get exercise any way you can, and if that means it’s just a short walk, that’s fine.  Some exercise makes more of a difference than no exercise.  If you are unsure how much exercise is health for you, be sure to consult with your doctor. 

  1. Know your limitations.  It can be emotionally very frustrating to not be able to physically engage in some of the activities you were once able to perform.  This is difficult for everyone to accept, but it happens to us all at some time.  

If you are not able to jog or shovel the snow, accept it is a fact of life and move on to what you can do.  Otherwise, you may cause yourself a serious emergency that forces you into a long recovery time.  

5.   Medical ID bracelets save precious time by alerting medical staff as to what medical condition may be causing your emergency.  Medical staff also will not confuse the symptoms they are seeing for the symptoms of another condition.  Not only do they save your life, but they can also eliminate an unnecessary, and costly, trip to the local hospital.  

Of course, these aren’t the only tips that help prevent medical emergencies.  There are many other things you can do to reduce the chance they happen and the final impact they have on your life. 

Visit EmergencyCareForYou.org to learn more about preventing medical emergencies for senior citizens and others. 

About the Author

Erin Leigh Erin Leigh is a blogger and freelance writer for Medical ID Bracelet Marketplace, a Hope Paige company that provides fashionable and functional medical alert bracelets.