To prepare for medical emergencies, ACEP has developed checklists to help you prepare for an emergency. In addition, our doctors recommend that you:
- Learn the warning signs of medical emergencies, and seek emergency care when they occur
- Post emergency numbers on all your telephones and make sure your children know how to call for help. They should be able to call 911 or the local emergency number, and give their names, address, and a brief description of the problem. Always leave your written contact phone number(s), including your cell phone number, with any temporary caregivers to give to the emergency department staff. This may help an emergency physician get important information quickly about your child's health.
- Take a first aid class and learn CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Your local hospital, American Red Cross or American Heart Association may conduct courses in your area or can guide you to organizations that do offer training.