Nobody plans an emergency. It’s one of those things that finds its way into your life when you least expect it or want it. Of course, when it comes to your health, an emergency could prove to be the fine line between today and tomorrow. And staying one step ahead can make all the difference. Whether you’re an employer hoping to upgrade your healthcare policy or an employee looking to err on the side of caution, this guide is just what you need to safeguard yourself against the future.

As an Employer

As employees are your greatest asset, it’s important to make your workplace a conducive environment where they can thrive. An emergency response plan is a vital step in shielding your colleagues from medical crises.

Create an Emergency Response Mechanism

During exigencies, it’s impossible and improbable that all your core stakeholders will receive key communication in time. This could be life-threatening in situations where time is of the essence; an urgent blood transfusion or emergency surgery, for example, hinges mainly on timely decision-making and intervention. By creating a communication mechanism which ensures that every employee has the responsibility of informing two or three more, forming a chain until all employees are covered. This can give rise to an effective and foolproof flow of communication.

Collect Medical Data

Employees with preexisting health conditions present a higher probability of being disadvantaged at the workplace. Here’s where medical data can come in handy. By evaluating an employee’s risk beforehand, you can stay prepared for specific health problems. Tailoring your approach to various types of medical emergencies can be valuable because you can be equipped to recognize signs and symptoms beforehand rather than scrambling at the last minute.

 Conduct CPR Workshops

We’ve all seen cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) being done in the movies, but the technique isn’t just a glamorous show reserved for windswept lifeguards and hot-shot physicians. CPR is a priceless life skill that can and should be imparted to everybody. As a cardiac revival method, CPR can keep somebody alive in a medical emergency until paramedic help arrives. Hold a workshop at your workplace to introduce the art of CPR to your employees.

As an Employee

Count the number of hours you spend at your workplace, and it’ll likely be more than the number of hours you spend at home, at least on weekdays. As your second nest, it’s critical that you manage your health alongside your workload, especially if you’ve already been diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Here are some tips you can follow when it comes to minimizing the risk of workplace medical emergencies.

Carry a List of Emergency Contacts

Tuck a list of first response contacts into your wallet or purse, for your colleagues to call in case of an unforeseen circumstance. Include important details such as name, email address and a primary and secondary contact number.

Inform Your Employer

If you have a medical condition that could warrant emergency care, let your employer know about the special treatment or facilities that you may need. This may also help your emergency response head to formulate a well-thought-out recovery plan ahead.

Inform Colleagues in the Vicinity

Also, make sure to relay instructions to colleagues seated nearby about how to go about an emergency.

An emergency response mechanism can be a life-changing way of protecting your life and the interest of your loved ones. Whichever side of the board you are on, consider staying one step ahead.

Founded in 2013, OurHealthMate (OHM) is a health-tech startup. Their award-winning services are rooted in a three-pronged service strategy: care planning, business intelligence, and quality execution. They are an experience-driven conglomerate. They believe that experience is the best form of learning an individual can ever get. Therefore, they always nudge their employees to focus on skills of not just their own but the people they are touching with their services.

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