By definition, emergencies are unplanned events. That makes being prepared ahead of time all the more important. So, do you know what to do if you or someone you love is experiencing a medical emergency? Do you know what a medical emergency looks like? What about the fastest route to the closest Baylor emergency room?
Baylor Scott & White Health wants you and your family to be prepared. Start by bookmarking a shortcut to this website on your smart phone’s home screen.
On the right side of this page, are links to North Texas Baylor facilities with emergency services. Below are some things to consider and steps you can take to be ready in case you or a family member is ever facing a medical emergency, including a list of potential symptoms that usually mean a trip to the ER.
1) Keep an updated emergency information form for each member of your family. Download an
emergency form template.
- The form should contain: full name, date of birth, height, weight, home address, telephone number, physician(s) contact information, allergies, medical condition, current medications, and at least two emergency contacts with phone numbers.
- Have copies readily available by the phone at home, in the car and at work.
- Distribute to any baby sitters, teachers, relatives or anyone who provides care for a child/loved one.
2) Have emergency numbers by all home phones and programmed into cell phones.
- 911 for medical emergencies
- Poison control center – 1.800.222.1222
3) Learn where the closest emergency room is from home, from work/school and if you and your family are traveling.
4) Know when to call 911.
- If a heart attack or stroke is suspected, DO NOT DRIVE to the hospital. Call 911 immediately.
- Call 911 in the event of a seizure, trauma or if there is any doubt about the seriousness of a medical event.
5) Be aware of other medical conditions that should be seen in the emergency room immediately.
- Trouble breathing or shortness of breath
- Coughing up blood
- Blue or purple color to lips, skin or nail beds
- Chest or stomach pain or pressure
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
- Change in mental status (such as loss of consciousness, confusion or trouble waking)
- Animal, snake or human bites
- Severe pain or loss of motion or sensation anywhere in the body
- Severe bleeding or bleeding that does not stop with direct pressure
- Severe burns or burns of the face
- Broken bones
- Puncture wounds
- Head, spinal cord or eye injuries
- Allergic reaction such as hives; swelling of the face, lips, eyes, or tongue; fainting; or with trouble breathing, swallowing or wheezing
6) Keep a first aid kit for minor medical problems.
- Items to include in an at-home first aid kit
- Items to include in a traveler’s first aid kit