What should you do if an emergency arises? What are the most basic guidelines?

In the event of an Emergency, first assess the situation, following the PAS- Technique.

Protect yourself, prevent further accidents or victims, and protect the victim.

Alert – Alert the Emergency Services. Remember to provide location data, number of injured, status and contact number.

Help – Within your knowledge, apply first aid techniques and let yourself be guided by the professionals who will answer your call. They will offer you guidelines to follow until the arrival of the health services.

Your action in an emergency is vital. Always stay calm.        

What is urgent care or vital emergency?

Medical urgency is any clinical condition that implies risk of death or functional contingencies. A surgeon from the public or private emergency unit in which the person is treated must certify the condition of risk of death or serious functional issues. Urgent care or vital emergency in the face of an event of such magnitude must be immediate and cannot be postponed.

Some examples of emergencies are –

  • Fever (especially in babies)
  • Earache
  • Throat pain
  • Cough
  • Respiratory disease
  • Mild asthma
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Urinary infection
  • Strains, sprains, dislocations, or sports injuries
  • Suspected fractures
  • Puncture wounds and lacerations
  • Minor burns
  • Minor allergic reactions

Most common medical emergencies

A medical emergency is an unforeseen situation that represents a sudden change in health status, requires special attention and must be resolved as soon as possible. Advanced medical team with doctors in all units has faced multiple situations. Know that an urgent care is always better than facing the exhausting emergency room experience. Put your trust on AFC Urgent Care Torrance, immediate care, no appointments required.

Lipothymia or syncope

The most common cause of call request is fainting. These fainting spells may be due to anxiety disorders generally caused by emotional stress, low blood pressure, or due to cardiac or neurological problems.


Traumas are another of the most frequent causes of emergency calls. Experts frequently treat patients with open and closed traumas in the upper extremities, mainly caused by work accidents and falls.

Respiratory pathologies

It is very common to see patients with different degrees of respiratory distress in our service, mainly due to bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchitis or allergic reactions that affect the upper respiratory tract.

Cardiac pathologies

Another common cause of emergency care is heart disease. Many urgent care clinics mainly treat chest pain caused by acute myocardial infarction (AMI) or care for Heart Arrhythmia such as tachyarrhythmia.

Abdominal pathologies

Finally, we have abdominal pathologies such as irritable bowel syndrome (Colitis) or acute gastritis. Both represent a high percentage of consultation. Generally, these conditions produce significant abdominal pain that forces us to rule out some surgical pathology such as acute appendicitis, and others.

In the end

The right care at the right time. You will receive the care you need for your illness or injury. You will usually get care faster than in the emergency department, which first treats seriously ill and injured patients. 84% of urgent care patients are in and out within an hour.