Emergency - What you need to know!
Apollo Bramwell provides a hi-tech “Hospital on wheels” Ambulance service 24 hours /day. Whenever there is an emergency do not hesitate to call our Ambulance hot line “132”. The Ambulance team will be available at your door step anytime anywhere you are!
When to call an Ambulance?
The following situations need Ambulance Service immediately:
- Unconscious person
Who doesn’t wake or respond when shaken or called.
- Chest pain
Especially if it is crushing pain on centre of the chest or feeling of unusual indigestion which lasts more than five minutes. The pain may spread to arms and jaw. Beware it could be heart attack.
- Breathing difficulty
Especially if the person is unable to speak more than a few words or has blue lips or mouth.
That does not stop after at least 10 minutes of continuous pressure.
Which are bigger than the size of a hand and/or cause severe pain that is not relieved with simple painkillers or if the person has difficulty in breathing.
Especially if the person is unable to talk, cry or breathe.
- Convulsions or fitting
Call the ambulance for all type of convulsions or fitting particularly if they have no history of convulsions (for example Epilepsy) It could be damage, bleeding or tumour in the brain.
- Drowning, near drowning, diving or scuba accident
The Ambulance should be called even if the person is conscious as there may be fluids in the lung which may endanger the person soon.
If the person experiences sudden onset of weakness, numbness, loss of function of hand, arm or leg, slurred speech, facial droop or severe abrupt headache. Complete recovery of illness is possible the earlier the patient is rushed to the hospital.
- Severe headache
Sudden onset of unusual kind of throbbing headache, with or without loss of function of arm or leg. It could be a case of internal bleeding inside the brain.
- Motor vehicle accidents
If you think someone has been injured call the Ambulance even if a person is breathing or conscious after the accident. It is better to check with a medical specialist as there could be hidden injuries to the brain, cervical spine, liver, spleen and so on.
- Industrial accidents
Any type of industrial accident where a person is injured, trapped, or has inhaled smoke.
- Severe vaginal bleeding
Any type of uncontrolled vaginal bleeding with possible or confirmed pregnancy.
- Severe pain after a fall or injury – When the person is unable to sit up, stand or walk. It could be a fracture or spinal cord injury. Ask the patient not to move unnecessarily as it may cause more severe damage to the spinal cord or bone.
Major uncontrolled bleeding from any part of the body, nose, rectum, mouth as so on.
- Abdominal pain
Severe abdominal pain particularly lower right side of the abdomen, it could be Appendicitis, or also Ectopic pregnancy in case of females.
- Drug overdose or poisoning – Whether you know for sure or suspect an overdose.
- Diabetes - if the person is not fully awake, excessively sweating or not behaving normally. It could be low or high blood sugar, both are dangerous to the patient.
- Allergic reaction – Especially with breathing difficulty or loss of consciousness, itchy, increasing patchy rash spreading all over the body, or someone about to collapse soon, the ambulance should be called without delay.
- Electrical shock
Of any kind.
Severe trauma (Injury), especially to the head, neck, chest or abdomen for example, if the person was stabbed, shot or hit by an object.
- Meningococcal disease
If you see symptoms like rash, headache, vomiting, having difficult to see light, neck stiffness with or without fever.
- Hypothermia or heat stroke – Particularly children and old age people who are not able to tolerate hypothermia and heat Stroke
- Severe back pain
After a fall or sudden onset of back pain if over 50 years. It could be spinal cord injury or vertebral column fracture, try not to move until the ambulance team arrives.
- If you’re not sure, call anyway!
Remember, if you are unsure what is happening to a person in a real Emergency situation you can always phone “132” for an Ambulance rescue , our Apollo Bramwell Ambulance team will guide you or come and assess the situation at your door step. Our Ambulance paramedics and experienced doctor will quickly assess and start emergency treatment on the spot. Patient will be brought to the hospital safely and quickly for further investigation and management.
What should you do before the Ambulance arrives?
- Approach the patient safely (your safety comes first).
- Move the patient to a safe area (if needed) for e.g. moving the patient from oil spill, fire area, middle of the busy traffic and so on. Do it cautiously without further damage to the patient in critical condition.
- Shake or call the patient. If the person is not responding, call for help.
- If you are trained in BLS (Basic Life Support), start chest compression and if possible do mouth to mouth breathing.
- If there is severe bleeding due to any type of injury, try to apply direct pressure on the bleeding site. When a life and death situation arises, every second counts! Call the Apollo Bramwell Ambulance Hot line number “132”. Our expert Ambulance team is available 24 / 7 with our “Hospital on wheels”.
CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE
Jane and I wanted to thank you so much for the care you and your colleagues took of Jane whist in Mauritius. Everything went well and Prakash did a great job of getting us to your clinic and back over the 6 dialysis days. We had a wonderful holiday and our children and grandchildren plus the other family all enjoyed it enormously.
Best wishes to you all
Andrew and Jane Stewart