Emergencies during the holiday

Emergencies during the holiday


How to be prepared during the holiday season? Read our tips here!

‘Tis the season of joy and merrymaking and we’d like to keep that way! Unfortunately, besides the numerous gifts and family gatherings, during the festive season there is a spike in emergencies.


Research shows that there is an increase in the number of road-accidents (thanks in part to driving and drinking – don’t do that!), increase in number of heart-attacks (yeah…the holiday season doesn’t lead to healthy eating), food poisoning (we love eating out too, but the holidays bring more cases!), and house fires (more cooking = greater chance of fires!).

At Rescue, we want to ensure you are prepared for any emergencies that may get in the way of your merrymaking.

How to avoid emergencies:

The holidays are about excessive consumption: more alcohol, more sugar, and more salt. It comes as no surprise that the most significant cause of holiday trips to the emergency room are to do with overindulgence. You can avoid this pitfall by choosing moderation especially when it comes to alcohol, fatty foods, and sugar. If you are living with a heart condition, remember that rules of healthy living are not put on hold for the season.


Make sure to plan as your doctor could be away in the final weeks of the year. So if you have a chronic condition or need regular medical attention, remember to get your prescriptions filled and to check in with your doctor before you (or they) head out on vacation. Additionally, be sure to know who to contact if your regular healthcare providers will be unavailable…that is Rescue!


It can be a tough call to make even under normal conditions: should you head to an emergency room or will medicine cabinet staples such as panadol or antacid do? The decision is tougher in the holidays when most doctors are on vacation.


For symptoms that are neurological or cardiac: difficulty breathing, chest pains, dizziness, fainting or sudden numbness, especially on one side of the body, call emergency services (read: Rescue!) immediately.


Fatal heart attacks peak on Christmas, the day after Christmas and New Year’s Day. Overeating and stress- typically related with the holidays- are likely to worsen existing conditions. You may experience abdominal or chest discomfort and wrongly interpret as overeating or indigestion but in fact it could be early signs of a heart attack. Make sure to seek immediate medical attention or call us to help you determine what to do.


Another excess that results in medical emergencies is alcohol. Holiday parties are fun… we love them too! But make sure to drink responsibly. While you want to have a good time, drinking responsibly means a lot to not only yourself but also to other individuals. Take an Uber, Taxify or another means of transport. Do not drink and drive.

WE care about you and are here for you during the holidays!

While you want to check out and get away from it all, you have to anticipate and be ready for emergency situations.  The Rescue membership should be top of your list in being prepared! By purchasing a Rescue membership, you now know who to call and what to do in an emergency situation.


Because emergencies happen so fast, people often panic and are clueless about what to do in a medical crisis. A Rescue membership this holiday helps you get the best care in time of an emergency as well as ensures your family is prepared. Arm your family with a Rescue membership and then you can sit back, relax and enjoy the holidays! Go to https://rescue.co.ke or call us now at 0714-911-911.

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