GCEMS is committed to being an active force in Guilford County when it comes to promoting injury prevention programs and health and safety awareness.  We have educational programs that are directed toward specific age groups.  We offer grade level, curriculum based, educational programs for K-3, 4-5 and middle school students. Informational sessions on career opportunities with EMS are available at the high school level as part of a planned Career Day or as requested by a teacher to supplement to their curriculum.

 

Our organization is dedicated to saving the lives of children through  child safety seat inspections and various safety programs.  A certified child passenger safety technician is available Monday – Friday for child safety seat checks/installations.   Call 641-3072 or 451-5548 to make an appointment.  Child passenger seat safety is provided in conjunction with SAFE Guilford.  Please check the SAFE Guilford website at www.safeguilford.org for additional information.
Senior citizens of our community can benefit from our fall prevention class called Matter of Balance.  This evidence based program is designed to help older adults reduce their fear of falling thereby enhancing activity levels through physical exercise.  Health related topics such as recognizing signs and symptoms of stroke and heart attacks, weather related, and diabetic emergencies are a few of the programs  available to  our senior  population.

 

Do You Know the Warning Signs & Symptoms of…
Stroke, Heart Attack, Hot Weather Emergency and Cold Weather Emergency?

 

Stroke

  • Sudden weakness  or  numbness of the  face, arm or leg, especially on one side
  • Loss of partial or full sight in one or both eyes
  • Difficulty talking or understanding other people, confusion
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or coordination or trouble walking

Call 911 RIGHT AWAY

Heart Attack

  • Chest discomfort –pressure, squeezing, fullness, pain
  • Discomfort other areas – one or both arm, back, neck, jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea

Call 911 IMMEDIATELY


Cold Weather Emergency – Hypothermia

  • Older adults can lose body heat very fast and a big chill can turn into a dangerous problem called hypothermia.  This is what happens when your body temperature gets too low.  Here are a few steps to lower your chances of getting hypothermia.
  • Dress warmly, even if you are staying indoors.  Wear lose layers outdoors that include a hat, gloves and scarf when outdoors.
  • Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or higher.
  • Keep active, eat properly.
  • Talk with your doctor about health problems and medications that may make it harder to keep warm.
  • If you live alone have a relative, friend or neighbor check on you daily.

Signs & Symptoms of Hypothermia:
*Impaired coordination, stumbling, clumsiness
*Confusion, disorientation, irrational behavior
*Slurred speech
*Cold, pale skin
* Shivering
*Sleepiness
Call 911 IMMEDIATELY


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning – The “silent killer”, odorless and cannot be seen

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Cyanosis
  • Confusion, lethargic, disoriented
  • Seizures
  • Unresponsive

Call 911 IMMEDIATELY

Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke – Hyperthermia
Practice heat safety measures.  Do not spend too much time in the hot sun…do outside work during early morning or late evening hours. Wear lightweight, light colored, loose fitting clothes.  Take frequent breaks in the shade.  Keep well hydrated.
Heat Exhaustion

  • Fatigue, weakness, nausea, headache
  • Thirst
  • Muscle aches and cramps
  • Confusion, anxiety, agitation
  • Drenching sweats often accompanied by cold, clammy skin
  • Slow or weak pulse
  • Dizziness, fainting

Heat exhaustion requires medical attention but is not usually life threatening
Call 911 IMMEDIATELY

Heat Stroke

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Fatigue
  • Hot, flushed, dry skin
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Decreased sweating and urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased body temperature (104-106 degrees)
  • Confusion or loss of consciousness
  • Seizures

Heat stroke can occur suddenly without symptoms of heat exhaustion
Call 911 IMMEDIATELY