Giving someone in need first aid treatment can help to prevent serious injury and can save lives. However, medical attention may need to be sought, particularly if the patient is having trouble breathing, is suffering an allergic reaction or is unconscious. Some people are unsure when to call 999 when they perform first aid but it is often the best course of action, even if you are unsure what to do. You should dial 999 as soon as possible if the patient is:
- suffering from a fit or seizure
- wheezing or having breathing problems
- bleeding or were bleeding heavily
- pulse is slow or has stopped
You should call 999 as soon as possible in these situations, particularly if a child is the patient. If the patient is showing signs of recovery, but you are unsure of what caused their injury or illness, you should also give emergency services a call. It is better to be safe than sorry; after all first aid is not a cure but merely a way to help a patient before medical professionals can intervene.
Accidents and injuries which require first aid
If you are unsure when to call 999, give them a call anyway. They can often provide advice over the telephone to help you keep the patient comfortable until the emergency services arrive. Accidents and injuries which usually require first aid include cuts, head injuries, burns, broken bones and breathing difficulties. There are many more instances where first aid can help a patient including during a heart attack, asthma attack or during a stroke. Accidents can occur just about anywhere, particularly slips, trips and falls, and serious injuries have the potential to occur which may require treatment. Of course, people can be clumsy but there are instances where someone else may have been at fault for an accident which causes an injury. This could be due to leaving a floor wet without putting up warning signs or it could be due to lack of health and safety training at work. Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm which cares about its clients’ welfare and our team will be able to give you no-obligation advice over the telephone if you are thinking about making a compensation claim for an accident that was someone else’s fault. Call our free 24-hour line for advice today.