This article is comprised of some of the most common reasons people visit the emergency room. This article gives you the advantage of knowing these common emergencies and how to prevent them happening to you or your family members to the best of your ability! Feel free to share it with those you care about.

  1. Chest Pain, Shortness of Breath, and Difficulty Breathing

These symptoms, even though they may sometimes seem harmless in the beginning, are often signs of a heart attack or stroke. Emergency preparedness courses often begin with educating students on the signs of heart attack and stroke because of how incredibly common they are, and how much the informed bystander can help. If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, you can stay calm and ask them to sit down. Ask them if they are allergic to aspirin. If not, offer them one. And then call 911 for an ambulance. The best thing you can do is remain calm for the person experiencing pain. CPR and AED class knowledge would be helpful in this situation.

  1. Motor Vehicle Accidents

The most common reason for motor vehicle accidents is distracted driving and 25% of all accidents are caused by cell phones one way or another. Removing cell phones from the equation is the best way for you to avoid any and all accident potential. You can’t trust that all drivers on the road are going to take the responsibility seriously, but as long as you are 100% focused on your driving, you should be able to avoid most accident situations. Make a vow to silence or keep your phone away from sight while you are driving today, for you, your passengers, and the people with which you share the roads.

Other common emergency visits often include symptoms of illnesses that won’t let up like colds and flus, headaches, and unexpected trauma and injuries to the body. These are less preventable reasons to end up at the ER, but a First Aid basics course can educate you on how to best handle the situation of sudden trauma and injury and maintaining your best immune system and striving for better health every day can greatly reduce your chances of being taken down by a common communicable virus.