Knowing what to do in an emergency isn’t just an important life skill – it could save your life, or the life of someone you love. During National CPR Week, we help you find out where to go, to learn everything you need to know in case of an emergency:
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
Knowing how to administer CPR is an essential life skill, and every member of your family should learn how to do it. We created this list of online resources that can help, but signing up for a first aid course should be an imperative for everyone.
First Aid Courses
Learning basic first aid is another essential life skill, and registered course providers can be found across South Africa. If you’re battling to find a provider, enquire at your local clinic, or ask your employer if your Human Resources Department can recommend a provider. Alternatively, get in touch with these course providers for more information:
- NOSA - https://www.nosa.co.za
- St. John - http://www.stjohn.org.za
- Netcare Education - http://www.netcare911.co.za/Careers/Education_Training
- Choice Care Training - http://www.choicecare.co.za
- PulsePoint - http://www.pulsepoint.co.za
Know Who to Call
Most of us have at least one cellphone in our homes nowadays, which makes it even easier to call for help. Here are the important emergency numbers you should have on your phone. You can set up a panic button on your cell phone too, using systems like ICEPlus or similar.
In addition, installing a panic button in your home and teaching everyone how to use it, makes it very easy to set up a family-wide emergency response plan – even a toddler can be taught how to push a button.
Know What You Need
A family first aid kit should be easily accessible in an emergency, but securely stored so that small children cannot access it. Most pharmacies and supermarkets now stock ready-made first aid kits for your home, car, or handbag, but if you’d like to create your own, these online resources could help:
- Gizmodo - https://gizmodo.com/build-your-own-first-aid-kit-it-might-save-your-life-1579645900
- Discovery - https://www.discovery.co.za/corporate/health-your-own-first-aid-kit
- Clicks - https://clicks.co.za/health/article-view/safety-first
LifeDoc Can Help
We recommend you keep a copy of important health information, and emergency contact details close to hand. That’s where the LifeDoc mobile application can help. LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information, making it easier to keep track of appointments and schedule those important check-ups, while securely storing your personal medical history and emergency contact numbers. Register here or like the LifeDoc™ Facebook page for regular updates. You can also stay on track with LifeDoc™ developments on Twitter.