Emergency help in a code red situation

The world isn’t a safe place. To be honest, it never really was. Humanity has always encountered unsafe and threatening situations, it’s just that in the modern world, there are more awful ways that can  harm that take place. Particularly as technology has advanced…

But we digress. What we want to talk about is how you deal with a code red situation. If you feel threatened or unsafe, or you’re experiencing a medical emergency, what do you do?

Well, in terms of how your body might respond, it’s commonly understood that your nervous system will release a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This causes your heart to pound faster, your muscles to tighten, your blood pressure to rise, and makes you breathe faster. It’s your body’s way of preparing you to take action, whether that’s to fight or run away.

And while we all know that we have the option to flee or fight when it comes down to it… What are you going to do? And what should you do?

These situations vary, so advice on the matter can be difficult to hand out. That said, here are some suggestions that could help.

What to do if you feel unsafe or threatened

  • Assess the situation: What you do will depend on if it’s a threatening note on your windshield at work or if there’s a person randomly screaming at you on the street.
  • Remove yourself: Take a second to look around and see if you have a chance to escape to a public area or if you can retreat to somewhere you feel safe.
  • Talk and make space: If the threat is non-violent, talk to the most relevant person who can help you, like a teacher, the police, your HR consultant at work, a lawyer, and trusted friends or family.

What to do in a medical emergency

  • Call for help immediately.
  • Don’t move the patient or crowd them.
  • Check that the patient is breathing and check for a pulse.
  • Check for external bleeding and apply pressure to the wound if there is 1.
  • If the patient is having a seizure, turn them on their side and don’t restrain them.
  • If there are burns, cool them in cold water and cover them with a clean cloth.

Download an emergency app to get help here

Ultimately, there’s no greater peace of mind than knowing precisely who to call if you need urgent help. Sometimes, being able to hail help can mean the difference between life and death. Thankfully, there are now a few emergency apps available to South Africans which can be downloaded onto your smartphone and used to alert emergency services to come to your aid.

For example, there’s the code red app-based service available to King Price policyholders, which allows clients to open the insurer’s app and hit the red button for help. Already familiar with providing innovative services, the insurer’s code red service is another way to help their policyholders. Once the red button is held down, the closest linked armed response car or emergency service will be dispatched to your GPS location ASAP. You’ll also be called to confirm the activation and whether additional emergency services need to be sent, like the police or an ambulance.

Regardless of which emergency app you download and register for, it’s highly recommended that you make sure you understand how the service works so that if you use it, it’ll actually work and send help to you if you need it. The last thing you want is to not have done something simple, like making sure your phone’s ‘always on’ GPS location setting is on. It’s a small step, but crucial to ensuring that you receive the help you need.

Stay safe this festive season, folks! And don’t forget to take a few minutes to explore a few emergency services, starting with code red. This way, if at any point you feel threatened or unsafe, or if there’s a medical emergency, you can simply open up the King Price app and tap to get help.

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