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Medical Emergencies & Epidemics

Understand how to act in the event of a medical emergency or what behavior is effective in the event of a medical epidemic.

What To Do In a Medical Emergency

If someone is having a medical emergency: 

  1. Call 911. Tell the dispatcher your location as well as the victim's injury or illness, status and age. Stay on the phone until you're released by the dispatcher.
  2. Check the scene for hazards. Exposed electrical wires, broken glass, chemicals and other hazards.
  3. Only provide life support aid if you are properly trained. If you are not trained in first aid or CPR, wait for professional help. 

Do not move a victim unless they are in immediate danger. Do not jeopardize your health or the victim's health.

After You Call 911...

What To Do

  1. Use gloves or other protective gear. 
  2. Apply firm, gentle pressure to the wound with a clean cloth. 
  3. Immobilize the wound.

If you come in contact with blood or body fluids, wash with soap and water and seek medical attention.

What To Do

  1. Remove the victim from the source of the burn. 
  2. Flush the wound with cool water. DO NOT use ice. DO NOT apply creams or lotions. 

Dry Chemical Burns: Brush the chemical from the skin with gloves and then flush the area with cool water.

What To Do

  1. Check to see if the victim's airway is open, if they are breathing and if they have a heartbeat. 
  2. If you are trained and it is needed, administer CPR.


Minimizing Disease Transmission

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially before eating or drinking, inserting contact lenses, or after you sneeze, cough or touch a public surface. 
  • Stay home, especially when you are sick, and avoid public gatherings. 
  • Cover all new and existing cuts with waterproof bandages or dressings.
  • Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm to limit transmission of bodily fluids.
  • Put used tissues in a wastebasket immediately after use. 
  • Wipe surfaces periodically with a disinfectant solution.

Understand Disease Terminology

Epidemic: New cases of a disease that exceed normal expectations.

Pandemic: Epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading across a large region.

Precautionary Supplies

  • Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disposable Gloves
  • Aspirin
  • Disposable Masks

Mix 1/4 cup of bleach to a gallon of clean water. 


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