Healthy Aging

Steps for Handling Medical Emergencies

Jackie Walker Gibson
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Keep this printable brochure in plain sight so you know what to do for a stroke, heart attack, fall or prescription medication overdose.

You know to stop, drop and roll in the event of a fire. You know everyone should go to the basement when the tornado siren sounds. But do you know what to do when an older adult has taken a bad fall? To keep your loved ones safe, it's important to be prepared for medical emergencies. Quick, effective decision-making could help you avoid complications; plus, it's reassuring to know your family is ready for anything.

Heart attacks and strokes are common medical emergencies. But with older adults in the household, you'll want to know what to do in the event of a fall or medication overdose as well. One out of three adults ages 65 and older falls each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a 2011 study conducted by the CDC, of the 5,077 emergency room admissions among older adults in 58 hospitals, 66 percent were due to accidental overdoses.

Prepare yourself and your loved ones to handle these medical emergencies, should they arise. Print this infographic and follow the instructions provided in the PDF version to turn this into a handy brochure. Keep the brochure near the phone in your own home and your family members' homes so you'll know what to do amid the hustle and confusion.

Infographic Showing Steps for Handling Medical Emergencies
Publication Date: August 19, 2013