What to do in a complete crisis

Sheer blind panic. And there's no one around to help in this terrible crisis. Here's what to do.

You’re in a restaurant and your partner is choking on a piece of steak. Or you’re the first person on a gruesome accident scene. Or you’re being attacked by a stranger.

This article will show you what you can do to save the day – and someone’s life. Possibly even your own. It’s about the ten most important things you need to know about emergencies and how to save someone’s life. Or prevent something grim from happening to you. 

  • There’s just been a horrible car accident and you’re the first person on the scene. This article tells you what to do to prevent further disaster. 
  • You’ve met someone great at a party and you’re heading for her place. Here’s what you shouldn’t forget about safe sex.  
  • You either know someone who has been hijacked, or you’ve been hijacked yourself. These tips show you how to minimise your risk.
  • A stranger has pinned you against the wall and has his hands around your throat. You needn’t be a victim. Here’s how to defend yourself against attack and get away from the danger. 
  • There’s a dinner party at your house and suddenly one of the guests starts coughing and turning purple. This graphic shows you how to do the Heimlich manoeuvre.  
  • It happens to South African women every day. Here’s a step-by-step guide on what to do if you have been raped.  
  • You’re at a family gathering and your uncle suddenly collapses. You’re fairly sure he’s had a heart attack and you need to do (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation) at once. St John's Ambulance offers CPR courses throughout the country.  
  • There’s breast cancer or testicular cancer in your family and you need to examine your breasts or your testicles regularly for lumps. Here’s how – step by step.

    (Susan Erasmus, Health24, updated August 2011)

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