Summer is here, which means it's time for a whole new host of urgent medical needs to rear their ugly heads. Everything from a backyard barbecue to a summer sports game has the potential to turn into a true medical emergency. If you're caught up in the middle of one, will you know what to do?
Fortunately, we've crafted this short guide to help you. In the event that you're faces with one of these common urgent medical needs, here's what you need to do.
Dizziness or Fainting
If someone comes up to you and says they don't feel well, it could be a sign of a medical emergency. This is especially important to pay attention to if a complete stranger is the one approaching you. For someone who doesn't know you feel the need to say they're dizzy, lightheaded, or nauseous, it takes a very severe set of symptoms. That's a medical emergency, and it should prompt a call to emergency services immediately.
Chest pain is at the very top of the list of symptoms you should never ignore. So when someone clutches their chest and explains that it hurts, you should immediately spring into action. Worst case scenario, it could be a heart attack. First, contact emergency services. While you're waiting for them to arrive, it's important that you keep track of the patient's pulse and breathing.
Fortunately, it's fairly easy to see if someone is choking. If the person is coughing, that means they're still getting air and that performing the Heimlich maneuver could make things worse. If they have gone silent or are clutching their throat, that's your cue to take action. After a choking episode, it's always a good idea to visit the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.
Burns can be extremely dangerous if they make their way past the outer layer of skin. Second and third degree burns require immediate attention, as there could be severe tissue damage if you're not careful.
Fortunately, there are currently around 9,300 walk-in, stand-alone urgent care centers in the U.S. in the event that urgent medical needs arise. Make sure you're prepared to take the appropriate steps in the event of a medical emergency.
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