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Be Prepared For Urgent Care With Emergency Planning

Aug 17, 2007
Anyone who has ever had to receive urgent medical care understands the importance of every single second. In some cases, even lost seconds can mean the difference between life and death. With this in mind, it's a good idea for just about everyone to have a plan in place for handling medical crisis. It doesn't have to be elaborate. Even a simple plan can help keep your head clear during an emergency.

For families, the creation of a medical emergency plan can be particularly important. Young children should understand how to call for help and they should be taught at least the basics of understanding conditions that might require the call to be made. For example, a family member that's not breathing, one who is unconscious or if an injury occurs and there's profuse bleeding. Even three and four year olds can call 911 and many have, saving the lives of family members.

Creating a solid plan for a family doesn't have to be a difficult process. Just consider the "what ifs." This means things like who to call, where to go and who would watch any family members that might have to stay behind if there was a crisis. Small children and hospitals don't mix well, so if they're not the patients, a plan on where to take them or who to have come pick them up might be in order.

Drill young children every so often on what they should look for and what they should do in an emergency. This is a good idea, but especially so in families where a chronic condition, such as diabetes, is present. If this is the case though, considering a medical alarm might also be a good idea. The monitoring company can be made privy of the conditions in the home and they can pass on all pertinent information to medical personnel, freeing up the child or children from the burden of remembering it all.

Even people who live alone can benefit from an urgent care plan. Once again knowing who to call, where to go and what to do to make sure care is obtained quickly is always important. It doesn't matter if it's a serious cut or something much worse, such as a stroke or a heart attack, every minute counts.

Here again with the single person a medical alarm isn't a bad idea. This even goes for the person without chronic conditions. Most accidents happen at home and sometimes they can be serious. Getting help when you need it is vital, but if no one knows you're injured or sick, that might be impossible.

No matter whether you live alone or with a family, creating a plan for seeking urgent care is important. Think about including these things in any plan:

* Where to go

* Who to call

* Put insurance documents where they can be found quickly

* Consider what constitutes an emergency and how to handle different situations

The better prepared a person or family is for an emergency, the more likely it will be handled correctly. When urgent care is needed, making sure it's obtained quickly can make a real difference. It only takes a little bit of planning to make sure you and your family are well prepared for emergency situations as they arise. Doing so may just save a life.
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