Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Medical Reports: Storm First Aid
When it comes to protecting our families before, during and after a storm, it's important to make sure you're ready for medical emergencies. Seven's Christine Cruz is here with first aid facts.
WSVN -- If a storm threatens, are you prepared for a medical emergency?
Jeanne Eckes-Roper, Broward Health: "The Broward Health headquarter's command centers has been activated."
The North Broward Hospital district has its hurricane plan in place.
Jeanne Eckes-Roper, Broward Health: "The number one issue is safety and that's safety for our employees and our patients."
They prepare just like the rest of us.
Jeanne Eckes-Roper, Broward Health: "We would start to look at our supplies, our supplies being our consumable supplies, the food supplies, the fuel supplies."
The emergency rooms typically start seeing injuries before the storm even gets here.
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health: "So did he have a concussion?"
Bust most come in the days following a storm.
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health: "Usually most of the injuries happen right after the storm, where people are trying to clean their roofs, or pick up equipment or supplies."
Now keep in mind, once a storm is on top of us, it's hard for emergency crews to get to you.
So it's a good idea to make sure you're ready with medical supplies at home..
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health: "The best time to prepare for an emergency is before the emergency."
Make sure you have at least a week's worth of any medications you take on a regular basis, like for high blood pressure or diabetes.
You should have a good supply of painkillers like Tylenol or Ibuprofen on hand, and make sure your first aid kit is fully stocked. That should include topical anesthetics, bandages, a splint and ice packs.
Dr. Nabil El Sanadi, Broward Health: "The kind that you can crush, and it would liquify and turn cold."
Don't forget sunscreen and mosquito repellents.
Also be sure to stock up on extra batteries for battery-powered medical machines.
If you have asthma or breathing problems and are on oxygen, make sure you have a two to three-day supply you know above what they normally have.
Dr. Marc Grossman of Jackson Memorial Hospital says their emergency room will be open before, during and after a storm, but remember hospitals are not shelters.
Dr. Marc Grossman, Jackson Memorial Hospital: "The hospital is going to be crowded, we're in a state of emergency, so you don't want to come to the hospital unless you need to."
If you suffer from a chronic medical condition, you should be registered at a special needs shelter. You must be pre-registered through the county. Do that ahead of time by going to Broward.org or MiamiDade.gov.
But doctors say if you have serious medical problems or are pregnant in your final trimester, make sure you check with your doctor if you should report to the hospital.
Being prepared for a medical emergency can be a life-saver during hurricane season. Seven News.