I recently had a friend that was in a pretty bad accident on Chunxiu Lu – she was in a rickshaw that flipped over in the rain. She was left in shock and didn’t know who to call or what to do. When accidents like this happen, they serve as a good reminder that we are not invincible, and most importantly, that preparation is key. I’ve compiled some simple suggestions, just in case.
The most important thing is to know where to get help nearby. Take the time to visit the nearest hospital(s) to your home, which are best suited to the needs you might have. Carry the address of the hospital you’d like to go to in both English and Chinese.
It’s also a great idea to carry a copy of your passport. Obviously it doesn’t make sense to always have your passport on you, but there’s no harm in having a copy. God forbid you are in an accident and unconscious or unresponsive, it’s helpful information for anyone helping
In a real medical emergency, know that oftentimes ambulances in Beijing can be slow on arrival, so your best bet may be to find a taxi and make your own way there.
The best thing one can do, of course, is to be prepared in the event of an emergency. Taking a first aid class or learning CPR is a great idea. There are a number of places around town that offer classes. Look into it at your hospital the next time you go to for checkup and see what they have to offer.
Lastly, if you have children, in the event that both you and your partner are in an accident and are unable to take care of your children, have a plan of action set up with friends or neighbors for temporary care. Hopefully, you have someone close enough who would be willing to take care of your kids and make some calls home.
Remember to have these important emergency numbers saved to your phone:
Ambulance – 120
Car Accident –122
Theresa Pauline is a yoga teacher, social entrepreneur, momma, wife, and beijingkids contributor. You can find out more about her at www.taozitreeyoga.com