Emergency Preparedness #4

Emergency Preparedness #4

Medical Emergencies

Our newly authorized Emergency Operations Plan defines actions to be taken when a critical situation occurs on the property. This “all-hazards plan” identifies twelve situations that could risk personal safety or property damage. Each emergency situation is designated as an annex with specific instructions. Let’s look at Annex C: Medical Emergencies.

Did You Know?

In a case of cardiac arrest, an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can save a life! There is one AED unit in the facility. Did you know it is located in the lobby, low on the left wall as you come in through the entrance? Did you know that there is no lock on the glass door and anyone can easily open it? Did you know that when opened, a tone sounds to simply indicate the door is open? This tone is not connected to any emergency response service or 911 call.

Do You Know When There is a Medical Emergency…

…the following procedures are to be followed?

  1. Remain calm. Assess the ability of the ill or injured person to speak or react to painful stimulus.
  2. If unresponsive, manage the airway and determine if the person is breathing and has a pulse.
  3. If breathing and/or a pulse is not present, immediately have someone call 911 and begin CPR.
  4. Have someone bring the automated external defibrillator (AED) to the patient. Initiate its use following the audible instructions that the device will provide.
  5. If breathing and a pulse are present, assess the patient for any open wounds. If bleeding is present, put direct pressure over the wound to control external blood flow.
  6. If there are any fractures including possible fractures in the head and neck, call 911.
  7. Keep the patient comfortable. Anyone with first aid or EMS training can begin appropriate positioning and fracture care.
  8. If the person has no signs of trauma, is alert and refuses treatment, call 911 for advice before allowing the person to deny an ambulance response and go on their own.