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In Case of Emergency

An emergency is a situation or event that happens suddenly and is usually serious. In order to help people who are involved in the emergency, you must act immediately.

As a nursing assistant, you may experience both medical and environmental emergencies at work. Environmental emergencies include fires, tornadoes, snowstorms, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Medical emergencies can include injuries and illnesses in which a person’s life or long-term health is at risk. Examples of medical emergencies include heart attacks, strokes, extensive bleeding, choking, seizure, fainting, shock, and severe burns.

In case of a medical emergency, follow these steps in order to help yourself and the people in your care. First, recognize the emergency. You will get to know the people in your care, and you can usually recognize when a patient is having a medical emergency, such as a stroke or a seizure. Second, check the area around the person to make sure that you can help her safely. If nothing in the area will cause further damage to her, check to see if she is conscious by tapping her shoulder and asking her loudly if she is okay. Third, call for help. You should know the emergency numbers within your workplace. If you are working in someone’s home, call 911, or if you must immediately help the sick or injured person, ask someone else to call 911. Fourth, care for the person who is injured or ill. Your basic first aid skills, such as CPR and knowledge of how to use an AED machine, will help you in these situations. Lastly, always report the emergency to your supervising nurse and record the incident in the patient’s care plan. Write down exactly what happened and how you responded.

If you have the proper training, you will feel more confident about dealing with emergencies in the future.

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Project made financially possible through grants from:

Southwest Initiative Foundation, Marshall Community Foundation, Southwest Regional Transition Partners, Southwest Adult Basic Education, Marshall Healthcare Partners