PREPARE FOR AN EMERGENCY: We never know when we or our loved ones might face a medical emergency. For this reason, we should prepare in advance to ensure that emergency and medical people are able to provide appropriate aid, whether or not we are conscious. We highly recommend that the following information be documented about you and others in your household — make sure it can easily be retrieved during an emergency (Carry in handbag, wallet or other appropriate location and place on refrigerator as it is the first place first responders will look.):
- List all medications being taken (prescribed and over-the-counter). Describe dosages.
- Preexisting medical conditions, especially recent surgeries or illnesses and allergies.
- Write down your legal name, birth date, address, social security number and insurance information.
- Name and phone number(s) of persons to contact in an emergency.
- Name and contact information of your primary care physician.
- Anything else medical people should know in order to help you.
JOIN THE SQUAD: If you live in or near the county and want to join the squad as a volunteer, there are several ways and levels open to you. These range from training and becoming certified as a Emergency Medical Technician or as a special ambulance driver. Both required training and certification by the state. For more information, call the Squad’s Personnel Officer at 745-2800.
BE PREPARED TO HELP OTHERS: Take courses in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and/or First Aid. Better yet, become a certified First Responder. Learn how to use the Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) that are being placed in a growing number of public places. You can assist others during a medical emergency while higher trained responders and an ambulance are on the way.
HELP US LOCATE YOUR HOUSE: Clearly identify your street address with large numbers that can be read from a speeding ambulance at all hours of the days and night. House numbers should be located on your mail box (both sides preferred) and on your house. Many medical emergencies are time sensitive and time lost in finding patients can be fatal.
TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: Take your medications as prescribed. Drive safely. Be careful with tools. Get your flu shots and other inoculations as recommended by your doctor or other medical authorities.
PUT ‘ICE’ IN YOUR CELL PHONE: Floyd County Rescue Squad recommends that people put “ICE” in their cell phones.
“ICE” stands for “In Case of Emergency” and it helps medical or law enforcement obtain and relay vital information.
And it’s simple. Just add your next of kin or other contact person’s name and phone number to your cell phone’s directory — and add the letters ICE in front of the contact’s name. In an emergency, medical or law enforcement can simply scroll down the directory listing and call the number identified by ICE.
Both daytime and evening numbers should be added, when necessary and the “ICE partner” should make sure he or she has a list of people to contact. In addition, they’ll need to know about any medical conditions, including allergies or medications.
For those under 18 years of age, the ICE partner should be a parent or guardian. Friends and other relatives can’t make decisions for a hospital.