Would you know what to do if you sliced your hand with a knife while chopping onions, or tripped and took a tumble down the stairs? Home accidents like these cause thousands of trips to the emergency room every year, but you don’t need to wait until disaster strikes to prepare yourself to handle the most common home emergencies. This quick med school crash course could save your life.
Emergency Number 1: Falling
After falling, there are four crucial questions that you must immediately ask yourself. If you say yes to any question, call 911 or get emergency medical attention right away.
1. Head: Did you lose consciousness or do you have dizziness or confusion?
2. Limbs: Carefully move your limbs. Is anything hard to move?
3. Back: Do you have any pain, numbness or tingling?
4. Neck: Do you have difficulty or pain when you turn your head?
In addition, if something is still tender to the touch or swollen after 24 hours, get it checked out by a doctor, since you might require an x-ray. If you’re just sore, an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen and ice are your best bet. If you decide to take any medication, be sure to check the label or ask your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you to take given your other medical conditions and medications.