Recognising an emergency

When someone becomes suddenly ill or injured, quickly recognising the emergency is critical for the patient’s survival and further treatment.

The ability to recognise an emergency and the courage to react quickly in different situations and performing first aid can dramatically reduce the ultimate damage caused to a patient by an accident or sudden illness.

As a member of the public, it is vital that you react quickly and call for emergency medical services. Anyone can make a difference and significantly improve the chances of a patient’s survival. Your actions also make it easier for the emergency medical services to give the best possible help they can.

Follow Mary through emergency medical service

Sally immediately understands what has happened, because she knows Mary has epilepsy and that she takes medication for it. Sally has also taken a first aid course and seen Mary have a seizure like this before, so she knows what to do in this situation.

She protects Mary’s head with her hands so that Mary does not bang her head too hard on the floor and suffer further injuries. A few minutes have passed, and Mary’s seizure continues. Sally talks to onlookers gathering around them, telling them there is nothing to worry about and that the seizure will soon pass.Then, Sally remembers that Mary had had a seizure at home the same morning. Mary’s boyfriend had been at home to help her. In the morning, the seizure had lasted only a few minutes, so Mary had decided not to seek medical help, once the convulsions eased off. Now Sally is suddenly not sure if she should call the emergency services after all…

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Updated  1.5.2021